The journey to wealth begins once we face the demons holding us back, Our journey to achieve our purpose in life begins when we become the people we were meant to become.
I woke up this morning and looked around my bedroom. Beyond my toes, I could see the daily monsters that join me in my reality every morning. I opened my eyes wider and I saw that these monsters are my enemies. I know that they need to be dealt with for me to be successful, and I began to plot my counter attack against them.
The monsters stared at me and snarled, planning their daily attack against me. My wife laid beside me sleeping, but I could hear them –I could see the monsters. They are my enemies – my demons – my challenges to overcome.
I’ve known these little monsters my whole life as they are co-existors in my daily reality. Some of their names are Self-doubt, Fear, and Worry.
Fear, worry and self-doubt have caused problems for me my entire life. Why they were born into this world with me? I have no idea, but they are here with me every morning. I’ve learned that each day I have to face them. I have to beat them in order for me to find myself, my journey, and my true calling.
When I was child, I didn’t know how to fight against them as well as I do now. In my younger years, I survived them by just trying to avoid them. I wasn’t strong enough to overcome my own monsters, so I just tried to live in peaceful unison with them. I just thought if I could do what everyone else is doing – go to school, get a job, act normal, and pay my bills – then I could reach the definition of success that school and society set for me, and I could finally feel normal. But by avoiding the private monsters in my life, I didn’t realize, I was also avoiding myself.
As I morphed from a teenager into a twenty-something, I began to realize I could have all the money, job-titles, and success I wanted, but as long as the little demons of fear, self-doubt, and worry were alive in me, I would never be able to find my true happiness, adventure, or my life purpose. I will never be able to uncover the treasure of happiness and experience I am destined to find, and that terrifies me.
If I allowed my demons to survive in my life, it wouldn’t matter what success I could find, I would always be hiding and afraid of them.
It wasn’t until my mid-20’s that I became so sick of this pretend life I was living, and I started rebelling against these devils in my life. I started realizing I was either going to have to destroy them, or they were going to destroy me.
My life turned into a mission to find myself at that point, and I started waking up with a focused energy to destroy the self-doubt that gnawed at my confidence. I became desperate to learn what I finally wanted to do with my life, rather than doing what everyone else wanted me to do.
Do we have the strength to overcome self-doubt?
Because I stopped caring about other people’s opinions of me, I started caring more about myself. Therefor, it inspired me to fight for the life I wanted.
I didn’t know what I wanted at first, but I was excited to try. I realized, the first step toward finding it, was to destroy all the feelings I was afraid of. They became my first targets, and destroying my monsters was the first business I ever started. My office was inside myself. As I battled against them, the chains enslaving me to a “normal, but unfulfilled life” began to start falling off.
As I began to win more battles with my reality, I began to find myself. I slowly began to stop following a path to the normal life, and I asked myself, where do I want to go? Who do I want to be? What should I do with my life? God, what do you want me to do with the personality and gifts that you’ve given me?
Fighting for answers to these questions was the beginning of my new life. I began to conquer my monsters of fear, worry, and self-doubt, and I started to find the confidence and personal value that I needed to strike out on my own path to find the life I was called to live.
Each time I choose to fight against my fears, I gained more confidence and value in myself. I become more interesting, and I gain a story I can share with the world. When I fight against my demons, I gain glimmers and slivers of my new true life. I gain answers to the puzzle of who am I, and why am I here. I find the confidence that I can discover the answers to why I am on this earth.
In conclusion, my secret to finding a deeper, more meaningful life, was being willing to fight against my monsters. Fear, worry, and self-doubt are the enemies of happiness, and the demons that try to steal a wealth-filled life.
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