We'll get to ego in a moment.

Since I've started along my self-care journey, so many things have changed. I dare say that I'm a completely different person than I was before. The way I respond to situations has changed. The way I carry myself has changed. I am gaining confidence. I have found more patience. And as cliché as it sounds, I have found more love, both for myself and for those around me.

What does this have to do with ego? Well, I have a completely different relationship with ego than what I initially perceived it to be. Anytime I heard about ego before my journey, I immediately thought of a narcissistic, selfish person with an overly inflated ego. However, now my relationship with ego has changed substantially. Now I view ego as a distraction. Ego, for me, is nothing more than something that gets in my way. While my ego means well, it does more harm than good. It tries to keep me "safe" and doesn't allow me to dive in headfirst. It fills me with worry, doubt, fear, and uncertainty. It doesn't allow me to feel the present and instead creates scenarios for me that are unkind at best.

Now, I find myself listening to ego, acknowledging the fears and challenging it with possibilities. I don't allow it to get in my way...as much anymore. I use it to help me move forward.

If you find yourself being talked out of your dreams. If you find yourself being dared to stay "safe" in your comfort zone.

If you find yourself sabotaging your heart for the sake of your head, I challenge you to step out. Trust yourself. Dare to dive in.

Remember that ego is not your enemy, but it can be a hindrance if you let it control your thoughts and actions. Learning to recognize when your ego is holding you back is the first step towards building a healthy relationship with it.

When we listen to our ego with awareness, we can differentiate between when it is helping us and when it is holding us back. For example, if you are afraid to try something new because you fear failure, your ego is trying to keep you safe. However, if you know deep down that you really want to pursue this new endeavor, it's time to challenge your ego and take the risk.

By challenging your ego, you can start to expand your comfort zone, take risks, and pursue your dreams with confidence. You can learn to trust yourself and your intuition, and let go of the doubts and fears that may be holding you back.

It's important to remember that building a healthy relationship with your ego takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and continue to challenge your ego when you notice it holding you back. With persistence and perseverance, you can learn to use your ego to your advantage, rather than letting it control you.

So go ahead, take that leap of faith, and see where it takes you! ✨Melissa