There are always challenges in life.

We try so hard to show up the best we can.

To be the best version of ourselves.

Yet something always holds us back.

Usually, it is something that we are not even aware of.

Something that is so deep and buried that it can very difficult to access.

And that thing keeps us from being who we truly are.

It causes us to show up with fear, worry, and a lack of confidence.

Mostly, it keeps us from being truly present with another human being.

For it stops us from embodying all the best parts of ourselves.

Carrying the weigh of this burden can be exhausting, for it something we have carried for a long time.

The greatest challenge of all around it is just admitting it to ourselves.

To be truly honest with ourselves about what we have been carrying around inside of ourselves for years.

And that is the deepest, most painful truth we are afraid to admit not just to others, but to ourselves as well.

This painful truth is the one that keeps us small and timid.

Or boastful and falsely arrogant.

It is the thing that if we speak it out aloud we fear others will agree.

That we are not good, not loveable, or not loved.

Or that we are damaged beyond repair, that there is something fundamentally wrong with us.

The deeper the fear around it the more buried and the harder to access it becomes.

Yet even though it is not in our conscious mind, it still controls us.

And creates the decisions we make every day.

For when this deep truth is so hidden, it ends up running our lives.

To be free of it is quite simple, yet so challenging.

Freedom lies on the other side of admitting what we fear most about ourselves.

By being willing to be so blatantly honest with ourselves, we release it's control over us.

This may sound simple, and it is, and it is also not easy.

In fact, it may be the hardest thing we ever do.

To shine a light on the thing that has been hidden in the dark for so long can be the scariest choice we ever make.

For we do not know what will happen when we admit it.

First, admitting it to ourselves is challenging enough.

Then, when we share it with another person, it can be terrifying.

Yes when we do, the chains that have bonded us to this painful truth become loose.

It's grip on our lives is no longer so strong, and we can begin to gain conscious control over how we live our life.

Admitting this painful truth takes courage and vulnerability.

And the freedom that lies on the other side of that moment is beyond our imagination.

Do you know what your deepest painful truth is?

Can you admit it to yourself and others?

~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant

Host of The Conscious Consultant Hour