What are you hiding? I don’t mean a pimple under a bit of concealer, or a few Christmas presents in the back of your closet, I’m talking big scary stuff here.
What feelings, memories, stress points, thoughts, worries are you sweeping under that rug? Whatever they may be, haul them out. It’s time to inspect the things you’re hiding and turn your life around.
What we hide
What types of things do I mean? Those embarrassing or scary things that leave you with that really funny feeling in the pit of your stomach. Things like eating in secret, or your credit card bill, or your opinion in meetings (which you know is important and valid but for some reason you cannot bring yourself to vocalise).
These things are generally hidden for a few reasons. Perhaps we’re scared of confrontation, or know that what we’re doing is wrong, or things have gotten so out of control that we cannot even bring ourselves to face them.
Focus your attention
If we’re hiding something, it’s holding us back. However difficult it may be to face them, we need to shine a light on these secrets in order to do better.
And if you are brave enough to take a peek at what you’re hiding, you might surprise yourself. Often times the thought of what we’re hiding is worse than the reality. You build it up into a giant monster in your mind instead of facing the truth.
The last element of focusing on what your hiding, is that you need to share it. Tell someone, anyone, but make sure it’s no longer just something you know. Having an ally or a sounding board can really help you to make sense of it all.
It’s quite terrifying when you first confront what it is you’re hiding, but once you’ve got it out in the open, you’ve taken away its power. It no longer controls you. You are in the driver’s seat of your own life. And that’s a pretty great place to be.