When You Feel Inferior

by Rachel Miller

May 31, 2022

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Sometimes, our minds get the best of us. We get sucked into a mental state of inferiority. Our vices take over. The negative voices take over. We don’t feel strong enough to overcome them. We don’t feel worthy of showing up to the commitments and demands in our lives.

Consider:

  • This is when it’s most essential to show up. Right now. When all you want to do is stay in bed. When you don’t feel your best. When you don’t feel confident to attend to that task or social engagement. Show up because it’s the one thing that you can do. You can’t change how you feel, but you can always do—-no matter how insignificant it feels.

  • Yes, you feel down, and yes, you don’t feel worthy, but showing up, especially now, is the one thing that will make you feel better again. You won’t feel better immediately. But come later or tomorrow, it will hit you: you feel more energized, hopeful, and a little more confident and sure than before.

  • Whatever it is that you least feel worthy and able to show up for–that social engagement, that task–that is what you most need to do right now.
    • Allow the energy of those around you to affect you. Get around those who might be the last people you want to see right now. Yes, you feel awful; you feel low. You feel less than your best. OK, focus on what you can do: maintain your commitment and intend to receive the best you can from this experience. Forget what you look or feel like. Decide to bring your best intention, not presentation, to the table.
    • Don’t underestimate the power of environment, of people, of mere movement. Sometimes showing up means allowing others’ energy to help you feel better, to allow others’ influence to give you the encouragement you need to help you move one step further in the direction you desire.

  • Everyone feels this way sometimes. It’s not about not feeling this way; it’s about reminding yourself by acting anyway that this is just a feeling–it doesn’t have to be so burdensome. Show up to that engagement, that task, those people, deciding and knowing that doing so is the best decision you can make right now.

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