Inner Growth Word of the Day: Insecurity
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. not confident or sure: uncertain. 2. not adequately guarded or sustained: unsafe. 3. not firmly fastened or fixed: shaky; 4 a. not highly stable or well-adjusted. 4 b. deficient in assurance: beset by fear and anxiety.
Insecurity in a sentence: Feelings of insecurity set in when we’re not sure about something we’ve done (is it right or wrong) or when we don’t know what to expect from a specific situation, or the unknown outcome of an event/meeting/interaction that involves multiple components outside of us.
Insecurity in action: Insecurity causes worry and concerns that can keep us stuck. Each person experiences different levels of insecurity and for those who get very anxious when it’s happening it becomes very tough to see anything else outside of that moment.
Insecurity and inner growth: Insecurity is something we all experience at one time or another. Instead of labeling it good or bad, you can learn from it if you allow it to express itself and ask yourself questions as to why you’re feeling this way.
Insecurity and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: Why am I feeling this way? Am I judging this, me, or someone? Is this a reflection of what I believe? Is this a reflection of what I feel is true in my heart? If a friend was feeling this way would I think differently about what’s going on? What advice would I give a friend going through this? And any other questions that come to mind with insecurity until you feel you’ve arrived at the answer.
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with insecurity at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with that moment, thought, thing, feeling; everything that comes to mind, put it down. With those words write a short story describing your insecurity as if it were playing out in real life. Then write a second story with your insecurity resolved.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about insecurity and as you acknowledge them focus your attention to your heart too and start feeling that feeling of comfort and reassurance that you get when you know everything will be alright. Do this for as long as you want while you try to pinpoint what your insecurities are telling you. A feeling of comfort helps you to explore your insecurities, while also bringing you to develop a different emotional relationship with them.
Your turn – Share your insecurity sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂