When I look back on my life I sometimes think about the risks I’ve taken. I’ve made some sharp right turns at times. It could look like I really switched courses, from psychotherapist to politician, for instance. But I saw a path to speak for issues that I felt were vital and I went for it.
During those times I never thought I wasn’t good enough. Low self-esteem didn’t trip me up, at least not in the last part of my life. I think there are two reasons for that.
First, I knew I would always be working with a team. I’ve never done anything without a good group of people around me. I have always found supportive colleagues who would work with me before I made a major change.
Secondly, and I think most importantly, I have learned that low self-esteem requires way too much energy. Not seeing our own worth is kind of self-indulgent. We all have talents and acquire skills. Our community needs everyone to pitch in and just get stuff done. Holding back our gifts because of our insecurity deprives others of our contributions.
When I find myself holding back because I think I’m not good enough I remind myself I’m not going for a Nobel Prize. I’m just getting stuff done. Stopping myself because I’m telling myself scary stories just makes me a nuisance.