After she walked away, I sat there, thinking about the advice I had given my daughter. Did I really believe what I said to her? I have had the very same fears and asked the same questions, even today."It's new. What if they don't like me? What if I do fail? What if I do it all wrong?" See, I'm learning that I have options when faced with these thoughts. I can either, let them overwhelm me, or I can say "Thank you for sharing but be quiet. I got this." And lately, I have been choosing the second option. I replace that negative talk with positive, encouraging talk. I tell that mean, inner voice "Stop being mean to my friend, and I got this." And do you know what happens every time I do this, I gain a little bit more confidence. I feel a little better about myself. And I get stronger. And I feel wonderful about myself.
Don't get me wrong. I still struggle daily with this but it's getting easier. Because, "I got this."