Speaker: Derlene Hirtz, You Empowered Services
I wasn’t always a genuinely happy and empowered person. For years, I felt emotionally flat and simply trudged through each day; living the life I perceived others wanted me to live. There was a nagging voice whispering in my mind each day. It said things like, “You’re not smart”, “You’re not worthy”, “It’s all your fault”. The more I ignored it, the louder it became. Until I couldn’t push it down any longer. Bottom line: I felt like a fake.
You see, I was an educator, a mentor, and a speaker. I was even Director of Religious Education – giving talks on faith, empowerment, forgiveness, and parenting – yet every night on my drive home, that voice in my head reminded me I wasn’t worthy of happiness and God-given glories I encouraged others to embrace. I was paralyzed by blame, fear, and self doubt.
Does this sound familiar?
I could have stayed there forever, wallowing in my sadness and pretending to be happy in front of others. But, instead, I made a choice. I decided to take back my life. I dove deep into that dark place where those ANTS, annoying negative thoughts, lived and I came face-to-face with the darkness. I uncovered my inner demons. I did the work. I made the choice.
When I think back on that time, I realize I felt like I was under water holding my breath for as long as possible. When I could no longer hold my breath, I came bursting through the crystal clear water. I shot up to the surface with incredible force, took a deep breath and found my new LIFE! A life where I don’t simply stand still – I stand out!
Let me share with you – this power is PHENOMENAL! Today I am sincerely happy as wife, joyful mom, now a very proud GiGi (grandma), a business owner, and an entrepreneur!
And, it all started with a choice. As I always say, “choice is a powerful thing, suffering is always optional.” Are you ready to make the choice to seek your life of excellence?