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WD | Migraines & Imposter Syndrome

Turning weakness into strength ūüźõ

Ever since I was 15, I've gotten random visual migraines.

Usually, my vision gets a little distorter, making it hard to focus or read, then I'll lose my peripheral vision.

I've become attuned to sensing it coming on and have to lay down with eyes closed for 20-60 mins until it's gone.

Headaches only come on if I try to power through it by staying on screens or continue reading.

Typically it's triggered by stress and I only get them 1-2 times per year.

Last week, I had 3 full days in a row of these migraines.

On the morning of the 3rd day, I knew my body was sounding the alarms forcing me to pay attention.

Leaving tech to start my first business has been the most amazing thing I've ever done for myself.

But it's also extremely hard. I consider myself a high-achiever and am super hard on myself.

I have a tendency to expect things to just work out... or come easy.

And it's been a very stressful 3-4 months as I made decisions to pivot course from creating apparel to focus directly on men's wellness.

I've been helping clients 1:1 for awhile and ran my first 28-day cohort intensive program during February.

Response has been unbelievably positive, but I still second guess myself (enter imposter syndrome).

I expect things to come easy, but then doubt myself that I can do it at all...

I'll get positive feedback about how much I've helped others, but then I discount their opinion and think I just got lucky.

What a vicious cycle.

Because of this, I've had one foot in, one foot out.

I realize I've been playing it safe to protect my ego.

Not allowing myself to commit 100% because it gives me an OUT in case things don't work out and I fail.

Which is incredibly self-sabotaging. 

What kind of impact do I really have? Will this be a viable business?

I had to disconnect and get back to my baseline of feeling centered.

I walked to the gym and did an hour alternating between sauna + meditation and cold showers to get out of my head and into my body.

Flush the stress.

Walking back to my apartment I felt like I was riding a cloud.

But still questioning my ability to make all this work.

I checked my mailbox for the first time in a few days and had a letter from a guy who took my cohort course.

He wrote a long thank you note expressing how much the course helped him, how impactful it's been on his life, and how he felt I was onto something greater than I could imagine.

I balled reading it and felt a massive release, instantly shedding stress from my body.

Sometimes the universe provides you something so obvious, you'd be an idiot to not pay attention.

I don't know how this will play out, but I know I'm 100% all-in.

And I know I didn't go through a 4 year war with depression to not use that experience to help others.

I realize this was more of a journal entry than wellness tip, but I feel there's power in turning your weaknesses into something that can help others most.

Tim¬†ūüĖ§

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