By/ Asmaa Moustafa Youssef
There is an African proverb that reads : “when there is no enemy within , the enemy outside can do you no harm”.
When you refuse to allow any doubts in your own mind , then no doubts from others will ever cloud your judgement. When you create a strong mind , there can be no other that will defeat you with their words , or their judgements. When you believe in you , you need no other to believe in you. Because others , really have no say in who you will become.
Only you have that say. Only you can decide if others opinions become reality , or you create your own fate. The greatest challenge and the greatest obstacle , any human will face if their own doubts , their own fears , and their own conditioned thoughts. If you want to live your dream , you will have to fight for it. You will have to fight the greatest battles of your live. You will have to battle the external enemy . People who don’t believe in you. People who put you down. You will have to battle the intimate enemy. Those close to you who might do you wrong , or might be you assume don’t believe in you.
Those who want the best for you , but their idea of support is to remind you of what can’t be done , or shouldn’t be attempted. But the worst of all is the internal enemy . You will have to battle what seems like an army in your mind . An army of doubt , fear of failure , fear of judgement , lack of belief.
The voices inside the head saying : ” l’m not good enough . I’m not worthy . I want to do this , but I can’t . I want to give to those I love , but I can’t. I’m not worthy of love. I’ll never be able to do this. I’m hopeless. I’ve tried everything! The world against me. No one believe in me. My life is not worth living”.
There isvno greater pain that can be inflicted on you than your own internal enemy. Your own thoughts will cause your more pain than any one or anything else. They can be likened to a terrorist living in your soul. But , when you learn to control and direct your mind , you can direct that internal voice to work for you rather than against you. You get it to work for you by creating a compelling future.
A future you will be proud to achieve , proud to live through. You do this by not by just having goals. Goals that get you excited to wake up every morning. You do this by understanding what your purpose in life really is . What are you doing it all for ?
When you know these things , when you work on yourself daily , you can quiet that voice in the head. You can feel good enough because you are good enough. But it does take a commitment. A commitmentbof daily practice to work on yourself. Cut out something that spend a lot of time on that does nothing good for your life , and raplace it with daily work on you.
Set your life up to win. The voice in your head will only work for you.
If you work for it first , fill your mind up with stength and optimism. And you will live a life of strength and optimism.
By/ Asmaa Moustafa Youssef