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Embracing Your Light: How to Overcome Feelings of Inadequacy


In a world filled with constant comparisons and societal pressures, it's not uncommon to feel a sense of inadequacy from time to time. Whether it's in our personal lives or professional endeavors, these feelings can cast a shadow on our self-esteem, hindering our progress and potential. However, it's important to remember that inadequacy is merely an illusion—one that can be overcome with the right mindset and guidance. In this blog, we will explore the path to embracing your light and overcoming the shadow of inadequacy, ultimately leading to personal growth and success.

My Personal Struggle with Inadequacy

Inadequacy has always been one of my biggest struggles.

A couple years ago, I was at a high point in my life (on paper).

I created an impactful business and made a great income. I bought a new car, new house, and new wardrobe. I started taking exotic vacations and dining at high end restaurants. I even got featured on the local news & magazines (& no, I didn’t have to pay them to.. they invited me!)

So many people around me were amazed by what I created before the age of 30.

I’d have moments of pride. Yet, I still deeply felt inadequate.

I felt the pressure of the world on my shoulders to try to keep excelling and keep growing in my career… I thought “if I just had more money, more success… then I will feel happy and lovable… and worthy of a loving partner… and a family that was grateful for me.”

I so desperately just wanted some one to see me and the struggles I went through and say “wow, you’re amazing” and mean it (and show me it).

Yet, I later came to realize my deep dark belief that I was inadequate kept reflecting itself in my reality through relationships (friendships and romantic).

It wore me down because I wasn’t truly understanding what it meant when people said “the love you’re looking for is inside of you.” Sure, I heard it a millions times but I didn’t truly understand how to access this love.

I kept trying to accomplish and achieve more, thinking that would be enough for my fulfillment.

But, I hit a breaking point. What was it all worth if I still felt only fleeting moments of satisfaction?

I’d get high off of clients’ gratitude, but I was struggling when I’d be home alone… wishing I didn’t feel so alone.

I would just tell myself that my purpose here on earth is to give and struggle for the sake of allowing others to live a better life. Sure, that sounds nice & altruistic.. but it’s a depressing way to live.

Once I started to acknowledge this pain in myself, I could start to see it in others (without them saying a word). It’s something that I could just energetically feel.

Seeing it in yourself is SO painful that most people will live a life ignoring it or lying to themselves about it..

But I just couldn’t hide it anymore. I began figuring out how to overcome feelings of inadequacy.

I had to let so many things in my life crumble once I realized I had built my entire reality around trying to hide this part of myself… trying to overcompensate in areas to distract myself and others from the truth.

No car, house, body, money, image, haircut, or career can magically make any pain go away. Sorry, the solution isn’t “sexy” in the way that the media tries to sell it to you.

If you want to start FEELING good about yourself, attracting the things you deserve, and living a life you’re truly proud of, you have to do the unsexy work.

But lemme tell ya, the unsexy work feels SO good. Letting go of the sh*t you’ve been carrying around for years (if not all of) your life is the most liberating feeling.

The Unsexy Work

Understanding the Shadow of Inadequacy:

To overcome any challenge, it's essential to first understand its nature. The shadow of inadequacy stems from our tendency to compare ourselves to others, unrealistic societal standards, and the fear of failure. This shadow can prevent us from recognizing our own unique strengths and talents, limiting our potential for growth and fulfillment.

Embracing Self-Awareness and Self-Acceptance:

The first step in dispelling the shadow of inadequacy is cultivating self-awareness. Recognize that everyone has their own journey and set of strengths. Embrace the concept of self-acceptance, understanding that you are enough just as you are. By acknowledging your abilities and appreciating your individuality, you can break free from the chains of comparison and self-doubt.

Reframing Negative Thoughts:

Our thoughts have a powerful influence on our emotions and actions. Take a moment to reflect on your self-talk and identify any negative thought patterns that reinforce feelings of inadequacy. Replace self-limiting beliefs with positive affirmations and realistic perspectives. Celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small, and remind yourself of your potential for growth.

Setting Realistic Goals:

Goal-setting is an effective tool for personal development, but it's important to set realistic expectations for yourself. Break down your larger goals into manageable steps and celebrate each milestone along the way. Remember that progress is a personal journey, and comparing your achievements to others' will only hinder your growth.

Seeking Support through 1 on 1 Coaching:

While the journey to overcoming inadequacy is deeply personal, it doesn't mean you have to navigate it alone. Consider the benefits of 1 on 1 coaching. A coach can provide guidance, support, and accountability as you work towards embracing your light and unlocking your true potential. Through tailored strategies and personalized sessions, a coach can help you uncover your strengths, challenge self-limiting beliefs, and develop a mindset that fosters growth and self-confidence.

Conclusion on How to Overcome Feelings of Inadequacy

Overcoming the shadow of inadequacy is a transformative journey that requires self-reflection, self-acceptance, and a commitment to personal growth. By understanding the nature of inadequacy, embracing self-awareness, reframing negative thoughts, setting realistic goals, and seeking the support of a coach, you can step out of the shadow and into your own light.

Remember, you are unique, capable, and deserving of success. Embrace your journey, embrace your light, and watch as your life unfolds with newfound confidence and fulfillment.

Are you ready to break free from the shadow of inadequacy? Consider exploring the benefits of 1 on 1 coaching and embark on a transformative journey towards personal growth and success.

Click here to apply & schedule a free consultation so you can heal your shadows to BREAK FREE and MANIFESTTTT the life you desire!!!!!!!!


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Kyle Barna
Kyle Barna
Jun 01, 2023

Hey, Shanon! It's Kyle Barna. So, since I have not had Instagram in years I did not know you changed career outlooks. Before I read this blog I read your reasons for the Hawaii trip.

I couldn't agree more with everything you are illustrating!! I feel strongly that someone who has experienced the "American dream" as you have with your first business comes to the realization it is not truly life affirming.

If you can recall Kristen and I have a beautiful baby boy who is 9 months now. Not saying that having children changed my outlook in life, it definitely has in more ways than I can express. But, any form of life changing event can spark either positive…

Jun 06, 2023
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Aw Kyle it’s so great to hear from you! I hope you are doing well :)

I’ve seen some photos of your beautiful baby boy, I’m so happy for you!

I appreciate the kind words. Always wishing the best for you :)

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