The Freedom & Joy of ‘Enough’

The Freedom & Joy of ‘Enough’

Enough is a tricky concept. Discussions about ‘enough’ often surface in coaching discussions with clients. Whether we’re aware of it or not, the idea of enough shows up insidiously in our lives in three common ways:

Am I enough? This is the predominant way most of us struggle with the concept of enough. While your inner critic {or whatever you call the persistent negative voice in your head} likes to tell you otherwise, you are enough. Right here. Right now. No matter what. This may be difficult to hear, but it IS true.

Regardless of your past, your education, your job history, your relationships — you ARE enough.

You can learn to believe you are enough without being self-centered or egotistical. Knowing you are enough is an internal acceptance, a belief in your value, and a realization that ‘perfect’ isn’t the goal — it’s not even possible.

However, being exactly who you were created to be is possible and it’s more than enough. It may require some effort and support to excavate your true self, but that doesn’t negate the fact that you are already enough.

Have I had enough? Ahhh, what a great question. In the busyness of life and in an attempt to serve many external masters, we can quickly lose sight of our personal limits.

Only you can decide when you’ve had enough. Whether it’s negativity, dead-end relationships, stress, unfulfilling work, procrastination, rationalizing, or other self-defeating behaviors, you simply know.

Enough IS enough once you’ve hit your personal threshold. As adults, it’s our responsibility to move on, change direction, explore the possibilities, and determine what is best for us.

No one can or should tell you when you’ve reached your limit. It’s your life, your career, your decision to say “I’ve had enough”.

What is enough? If we don’t define enough of what we do want, it’s difficult to feel like we have enough — of anything. 

Enough is definitely a relative term. What is enough for me, may not be enough for you. Likewise, what is enough for you may not be nearly enough for me, so we must each define what is enough for us in every aspect of our lives.

Think about your career, your relationships, your leisure time, yourself-care practices — what is enough for you?

Consider your spiritual life, your home, your material possessions, your personal and professional commitments and ask yourself, what is enough? How much of this or that makes me feel whole, balanced, fulfilled?

As you begin to sift, sort and assess your life, you’ll get a sense of what is enough. From this fresh new awareness you can make adjustments and re-balance any or all areas that are out of alignment with who you are and how you want to live.

The freedom and joy of enough are available to you. You are enough, and because you are enough you are fully capable of deciding when you’ve had enough, and articulating how much is enough for you to live the soul-satisfying life you deserve.


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