Sometimes when we look at challenges we think the others have an abundance of confidence, bravery, motivation, and skill to overcome the challenge and reach their goal.
That they’re not like us. Not scared, worried, unconfident, hesitant. But this is rarely the case.
Even Beyonce relies on her alter-ego Sasha Fierce to protect herself when she “goes to work.”
It’s perfectly natural to think no one else is sharing our thoughts and feelings, not in our way. Practicing empathy helps us understand how we’re all human, and thus all experience scary emotions like doubt and fear.
Yes empathy, that understanding of where someone may be coming from, is a great step towards connection.
Connection is how we overcome obstacles and challenges, how we muster the courage and confidence to take action. We can’t do it alone.