This Is Why You Never Feel ‘Good Enough’ (& What To Do About It)

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Why Am I Not Good Enough? How To Be More Confident & Boost Self Esteem With Positive Self Talk

Why am I not good enough? If you find yourself wondering this often, you could seriously benefit from some positive self talk to boost self-esteem and confidence. 

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We learn the maxim as children: "There will always be people greater and lesser than you." But some of us only hear: "You are never good enough.”

We always think, "What am I good at? They can do it better. Therefore, I'm not good at anything."

We focus on those we perceive as "greater" and assume that we are — always — lesser. 

And thinking this way not only causes you to believe that you will never be enough, but it also greatly impacts your self-esteem and confidence.

You may recognize that relentless, nagging voice.

It’s like a parrot that has been with you since childhood and now reminds you incessantly of every destructive sentiment and projection you once heard.

  • "You’re too fat."
  • "You’re not popular."
  • "No one cares what you have to say."
  • "Your ideas are ridiculous — no one will give them the time of day."
  • "You don’t deserve any better than what you have."
  • "You’re doomed to be just like your parents."
  • "You won’t make the team — there are too many really talented people trying out."
  • "Your efforts are never good enough."
  • "You’re too old/young/poor/stupid/unknown to have any success now."
  • "You’re a failure."

Tragically, these thought patterns don’t just pop up in adulthood or after a defeating experience. Their seed is planted early by parents and bullies.

And when the brain is still in its formative stages, how is it to distinguish between what is right and wrong, good and bad?

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It simply learns...grows...and repeats.

  • "You’re stupid."
  • "You’re always messing up."
  • "You’re never good enough."

The reality of this toxic origin can be seen in teenagers whose primary worry is "Why am I not good enough? Someone else is always better." 

They become paralyzed with fear of failure and inferiority. Even as they sit in the same room with those, they assume are better, the fear is common and pervasive.

Everyone is comparing. Everyone feels not good enough.

Women are especially prone to this constant comparing and they pay greatly for it. Low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression form an inextricable cycle with the debilitating fear of what others think.

Happiness depends, at least in part, on courageously putting your ideas, goals, desires, and dreams out there.

Believing you are never good enough can thwart your happiness by inhibiting your ability and willingness to speak up for yourself.

The downward spiral becomes, in essence, a self-fulfilling prophecy. The inferiority you assume about yourself makes you feel powerless.

And the less power you have, the less leeway you have in your life choices.

You end up in a "low power double bind". If you don’t speak up, you don’t get noticed.

If you do speak up, you get punished. Either way, your belief in being never good enough only gains reinforcement.

No matter what your self-defeating beliefs are, they are saboteurs of happiness.

But, it's not too late. You can still learn how to be more confident, to build your self-confidence, and improve yourself along the way.

Challenge yourself to the "What’s beneath that? And what’s beneath that?" approach to examining them.

Chances are you will repeatedly come up with the same answer: "I’m never good enough."

The truth, as you may know with your head but not your heart, is that you are good enough. But sometimes profound truth is easier to get out of the mouth than into the heart. 

There are ways to silence that pesky parrot and increase your power, confidence, and self-esteem. And even if you can’t silence her, you can teach her new (and affirming) things to say.

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Lisa Lieberman-Wang is a relationship expert and creator of the neuroscience Neuro Associative Programming (NAP). If you need help learning to love yourself, finding your truth and living an authentic life, reach out to her or send her an e-mail.

This article was originally published at Fine to Fab. Reprinted with permission from the author.