“The most common ego identifications have to do with possessions, the work you do, social status and recognition, knowledge and education, physical appearance, special abilities, relationships, person and family history, belief systems, and often nationalistic, racial, religious, and other collective identifications. None of these is you.”
― Eckhart Tolle
It was holding him back from being the person he wanted to be. He wanted more and knew that he had it within to do more and at the end of the day little got done. The ego held his hand back from making a call, from finishing the last touches on a piece of work, and from realizing his dreams.
I’ve heard from many people the story of wanting more and doing less. The ego always stepped in fear filled and delayed action. Procrastination is a sign of an ego that is not pleased with past results. Perfectionism always says it isn’t good enough. The ego fears rejection and would rather see things delayed or not getting done at all seeped in a belief that it wouldn’t be good enough.
Courage is the antidote to inaction. The courage to take action, to push against the ego and see beyond the fear is what will open the door to freedom. The “ego” that is pushed beyond its own fear will be able to grow. With growth there are opportunities that were hidden. The abundant life is behind the door that is being blocked by the ego.
For most people pushing the ego aside so that they can confront their fears is hard to do, it doesn’t happen easily. Believing that you don’t have what you need to be successful is to believe in the voice of the ego. Believing that you have what you need now to do what needs to be done is the first step to living an authentic life.
What is the ego saying to you?
What is preventing you from living life fully?
What is stopping you from living out your dreams?
Listen to yourself. What are the feelings that show up when you read those questions? What is the truth about you?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anais Nin