One of the Greatest Lies Holding You Back from Finally Moving Forward Beyond Your Struggles…
At the end of the day, we all want to be happy. But not everybody succeeds. So, what exactly separates the successful from the unsuccessful? The fulfilled from the unfulfilled? There are several answers to this question, but there’s one mistake in particular most people make that holds them back (and you’re likely making this same mistake!).
A great life is created by helping others using our gifts, talents, and abilities in service to a cause greater than ourselves.
I was hospitalized for 14 months following my war injury in Afghanistan. During that time, I had an intense desire to help those around me who had also been combat-wounded. But one of the most debilitating thoughts held me back for a long time. It was the thought that said:
“You aren’t even past your own issues and injury yet. Who would listen to you? There are others here injured far worse than you. Who are you to think you can offer advice to them?”
Sound familiar? Have you ever had a great idea or cause you wanted to pursue, a business or outreach opportunity, but immediately began disqualifying yourself?
A lot of people think they have to be entirely past an issue they’ve dealt with in order to begin helping others who struggle as well.
But the truth is that simply causing others to be aware of the fact they aren’t alone in their struggles can serve them incredibly well in their initial steps toward recovery and getting back on their feet.
A lot of people disqualify themselves because they may not have a Ph.D, the certifications, the credentials, etc. to begin pursuing and doing what they feel called to. But the key factor that separates most highly successful and influential people in any field from those who constantly struggle and never quite make it is that those who succeed choose to simply get started, even before they feel like they’re “ready.”
While still struggling with my own issues of Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, Depression (and a Traumatic Brain Injury, to top it off), I chose to stop caring how ‘unqualified’ I felt and chose to do something anyway. As a result, I began giving speeches, helping others individually with their issues, and even ended up writing numerous books on the topic of human resilience- while I was still in the process of my own recovery!
In fact, one of the single greatest healing elements in my own recovery was the fact I was using my story to try and make a difference. This eventually caused my setback to become purpose-driven and I began finding meaning in my suffering.
At the very least, I was simply reporting what I had learned through my experiences and explained how I thought it applied to other people’s lives in a helpful way. I wasn’t claiming to be something I wasn’t or know something I didn’t. Consequently, I ended up creating a better, more fulfilling life for myself and my family than I had prior to my devastating war injury.
You can create a more fulfilling and meaningful life, too. But you have to get started. And to do so, you first have to stop disqualifying yourself.
If you want to starting using your own story and experiences to make a difference and experience a greater sense of purpose in life, I’ve created a free video series to show you how to do just that- even if you have no idea where to begin. Simply go to: UseYourStory.com to learn more.