You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
I'm sure you've heard that saying before. It usually is a way a saying that someone or something with age will usually not change. At least that's my interpretation of that quote.
As is the case of some old sayings, they aren't always correct. They are a way of looking at the world and perhaps making sense of something. Some tend to view these sayings as a way that makes the world go 'round.
Before I go any further, I want to state that I am in my low 40s. I realize I am closer to the middle of my life than the end (hopefully!). That being said, I could fall into the "old dog" category (at least if you asked my son). I don't think it's far fetched (dog reference slightly intended) to say that many tend to be who they are by now. Personality, self esteem, and the way we treat others is usually pretty consistent.
Here's where my story comes in. I would definitely say I was heading in that steady direction for most of my life. I have dealt with depression and anxiety most of my life and have had a hard time dealing with it. Some times, I was able to keep in invisible to others, while other times it completely took over who I was and how I treated those closest to me.
Self esteem has always been an issue. I was my own worst enemy. Nothing was ever good enough no matter how good. Compliments were nice to get, but felt like others were just being nice or couldn't see what I could see.
But unlike the old saying, I learned new tricks.
I found the world of voiceover. I truly believe it was what started this new path of my life. It was something I absolutely fell in love with and wanted it to be my present and my future. I became an entrepreneur!
Through this incredible journey, I have met some absolutely wonderful people. People that I am so proud to call friends. So many have been incredible with helping my business grow and would not be where it is today without them. More importantly, they have made me a better person. Being surrounded by these friends and awesome people, they have made me a better person.
My ability to live with my depression and anxiety is the best it has ever been. It will never be completely erased from my life, but it is under better control.
As a person, I am much happier with who I am. My self esteem is the highest it probably has ever been. The confidence in myself and my business is healthy and strong.
Change is possible! It does not matter how old or young you are. It's important to be aware of who we are and if we truly want to change. Change comes from no other source but ourselves.
There's a specific book by Gary John Bishop called "Unfu*k Yourself" (link to the book on Amazon). This book spoke to me more than any other book has. It was unapologetic and a wake up call that I needed to change and that nobody was to blame but myself.
True change comes from action, not from thought of action. Owning our issues and problems are key to make changes happen.
Be open to new ideas and possibilities. There are so many people that have taught me new things out of my comfort zone or realm of knowledge. If I wasn't willing to accept these ideas, I would have severely missed out on some incredible information. Many of the concepts have truly changed my life.
Do not be afraid to try new things.
Do not be afraid to look outside of your comfort zone.
Do not be afraid to fail.
Do not be afraid.
You can change. You just have to want to change.