Excuses mask fear.

I’ve realised lately that sometimes I’d rather not try, than fail. Making an excuse is easier than opening myself up to one of my big fears: failure, letting myself down, not being good enough.

An example of this is therapy. I’ve been told many times before that it’s important to try and negate what my eating disorder tells me, and to develop healthy responses. However, my feeling has always been

I can’t do the healthy thing, so I will be no good at this. What’s the point trying?

The point of trying (I learned today in my therapy session), is that it happens in steps. First of all, I need to create the brain space and give some time of day to those healthy, alternative thoughts. If I could act on them 24/7 then I wouldn’t have an eating disorder! (This was a light bulb moment 😂).

I need to get good at not being good at things. I need to be able to try, and feel ok when I can’t be perfect. Thinking about it, my eating disorder is what wants me to remain fearful of failing. That’s another way it can keep me stuck.

I hope the process of therapyI’ve just started with help me unstick ❤️

3 thoughts on “Excuses mask fear.

  1. Thanks for sharing and I think many feel or have felt this way. I try to remember that healing is a lifelong journey and perfection doesn’t exist. Try asking yourself, what’s the worst that could happen if you “fail”? Most likely nothing devastating. The mind can be very devilish. Sending you hugs🤗

    • Not sure how this notification slipped the net 🤔 You’re so right: it is a lifelong journey. It isn’t the right or wrong, perfect or imperfect version the mind can create! Xx

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