As I was meditating today, I came to a certain kind of epiphany about life. As an empath, and this applies, I believe, to all people as we all have some capacity of empathic abilities embedded within in us, that not only do we have to combat and dismantle our own self-limiting beliefs, but those of others that are subconsciously imposed upon us. I realized, we don't live in a vacuum. We come across, deal with, and hopefully open ourselves up to other people everyday. And sometimes if I'm not vigilant enough I take on other people's emotions and I'm feeling all these things. I didn't realize this applies to beliefs as well. I could tell myself that I believe in myself all day long, but if someone doesn't think so, and I let their opinion and influence weigh heavily over me, then that thought will pervade my being. I totally didn't realize that until now. This means doubling up on the work I have to do. This means really focusing on not letting others command such control over me, and combating away and pushing through that resistance with my own beliefs.
This thought came at me hard and fast, I had to do a word dump here. I have a lot of work to do. Continuing on with learning, pushing, and growing.