You are driving home from the office and feeling frustrated about a meeting earlier that day. You may attribute your frustration to the meeting but the truth is, the meeting is over and no longer exists. What you are experiencing is your reaction to your thinking about the meeting.
Distressing emotions come from distressing thoughts, happy emotions come from happy thoughts. You can’t control the thoughts you think, any more than you can control our breath for any length of time but there are ways to mitigate the runaway emotions.
During a recent CBC radio talk show on Impostor Syndrome, a woman called in to say that after some deep personal inquiry work surrounding her own impostor feelings, she came to realize: ”I am good at what I do and I can allow myself to acknowledge that I am worthy of being good”.