Don't turn a defense mechanism into a crutch

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” Serena Williams

The mind is such a wonderful and divine instrument, it knows exactly when we need protection. In such cases the mind will give us an excuse or rationale we can grab onto to shield us from harmful, hurtful situations.
These "defense mechanisms" the mind offers are but a temporary shelter in the midst of a raging storm. 
It is our duty, however, to move from beneath the shelter when it no longer serves our highest or greatest good.
In other words, when it keeps us from growing
Be sure not to tell yourself "don't" when you do want it
Be mindful not to accept "you can't" when you know you can
Pay attention to the excuses you make not to, when you know you must
Don't settle for less when you desire more
No matter how hard you think it is, ask for what you need and what you want when you need and want it
If you hear no, and you may run that risk, be prepared to make a decision that is in your best interest
Pay attention to the inner chatter which will take a temporary defence mechanism and turn it into a crutch


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