Lies. An intentionally false statement.
Labels. A small piece of paper, fabric, plastic, or similar material attached to an object and giving information about it.
Failure. Fake. Ugly. Not enough. Why do we place these lies and labels on ourselves? Or why do allow circumstances or people to place them for us? Last week we talked about all the boxes placed upon us and how we often feel the need to validated inside them. Labels, essentially, are boxes and can be limiting in our growth and development. Due to the nature of most of our lives, we often don’t realize the things we subscribe to. As a result we unconsciously restrict ourselves in so many areas of our lives.
I always told myself I would become the next great author by the time before I turn 30. ‘Til date, I have started and stopped somewhere upwards of 3 books without finishing them. The odd thing is I hadn’t even realized the real reason for not completing until recently. I was afraid it might actually be good, that my work would actually be good enough to be read by the thousands. Subconsciously, I thought, ‘what makes you think you can be an author?’ So I would stop. Just stop.
One of the most challenging things can be to admit to believing those lies and the labels you have accepted as true, but that is the first and key step. Once you know the lie, you can combat it with the truth.
State Your Truth
After you’ve begun to erase the lies and labels, you need to replace them with truth. Instead of telling you all the lies I believed about myself in years past, I will tell you some the truths I am speaking over myself now:
- I am a queen and I act like one.
- I am beautiful inside and out
- I am loved and I have the capacity to love.
- I am enough.
- My dreams and ideas will change the world.
- Because I kneel before God I can stand amongst kings.
- I can do anything and everything with Christ as my help.
Some of these may seem childish or minute but have you ever stopped to think how these “childish and minute” thoughts play out in our everyday lives? Have you ever asked yourself why you never started that business until date? Perhaps, you believed the lie that you weren’t good enough to own a business. After all, that’s only for incredibly smart and rich anyway, right? 😉
A good friend of mine told me the truth about myself about 2 years ago and it was hard to digest. He told me to combat those items to talk to myself in the mirror. I blatantly rolled my eyes at the thought of it. However, I obliged just for 30 days. Everyday I would tell myself three different things daily, that I wanted to believe about myself, not even things that I already believed. ‘Your ideas are valid. You are worth the time. I can control my emotions.’ Words, cannot express how this shifted after those 30 days!
What lies have you been holding onto? What truths will you take hold of for the rest of the week? If you feel bold, comment below your lies and your combating truths; I would love to hear from you.
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
Living life on purpose,
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