Today I completed some BIG tasks? the kind tasks that have lingered around like cobwebs in a creepy old house just waiting to be intruded upon. ?These were to do list items that I had thought about and prepared to complete for months; one was an application to a Life Changing Dream Job in the fashion Industry for a company based in Europe and the other was the beginning preparations of an on-going writing project that a friend wants me to do for her ? a project that will provide me a small but much needed boost to my monthly income.

Now with that in mind you would think GREAT! Its time to celebrate! & that is what any normal person would do. ?Yet for me I am left in this anxious state. ?It?s a feeling that creeps up on me like a creature that is slowly emerging from the Black Lagoon? a monster that yearns to take over every good morsel of me and replace it with this Slimy Dark Icky Gichk.

So why do I do this to myself? ?OH WAIT, I should rephrase that and ask why WE do that to ourselves ? because I?m pretty sure we have all been guilty of this at some point, its just that I?ve made a nasty habit of it.

I think what happens for me is that I have bought into this ?Sonny you could always do better? obsessive mentality (its almost a sickness). ?It’s the voice that tells me if you want to be ?The Best? you better pick it up and do a much more Fantastic Job because this is not the stuff of a Gold Medalist, this is stuff of people who are not sensational, people who are scatter brained? this is the stuff of losers and average Joes. ?WoW – no judgements there hey!?

The danger in what I’m doing in pushing myself SO HARD is that I am missing the moment. ?I get myself into a state where instead of celebrating, I walked home from the workspace I was at and had to focus on my breathing as I was overwhelmed with this thunderous feeling of anxiety. ?A feeling where all I could see was the image of a clock tick-tock-ticking and a sad little shadow of me trying to catch up to it ? but never quite doing so.

But all is not lost? you see I have you and I have the things I’m learning like affirmations of remembering that I AM ENOUGH and that ALL IS WELL (I?ll try not to be so angry when I say those). ?I also have tools like the ability to STOP, take a deep breath and remember that even in writing this piece I accomplished something BIG, I accomplished overcoming the FEAR (because I doubt the validity of what I have to say and share) of finally posting something on my site and getting back to what I love doing? CONNECTING with each one of you and mostly allowing myself to feel accomplished.

So as you go off back to your lives, remember to do as I am trying to do when you STOP and Be Kind to Yourselves.

Thanks to @bkotynski / for the image.