I was recently in a situation that had me feeling vulnerable. (Note that feeling vulnerable had me — rather than me having the feeling of vulnerability.) In a moment of panic, I asked myself: "What if I'm not vulnerable?" In that instant, I could see vulnerability at arm's length — as a perception of a reality that I was creating. Holding vulnerability where I could see it, my feelings shifted to confidence and assuredness. After all, there is no one other than me assigning meaning to the moments of my life.
How might you stop and question the feelings that have you so that you can instead have them? The next time you're trapped by a negative feeling, stop and ask yourself: "What if I'm not ________?" and see what happens.
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