Have you ever felt like you weren't in a position to be lecturing others because you weren't completely perfect? I have.
I used to think that admitting failures, struggles or setbacks in my own personal life would somehow make me look less credible, but most of the time, I've found that the case is usually the complete opposite.
All that feeling means, according to Carl Jung, is that you're a "wounded healer".
Carl believed that the main reason people feel compelled to share is when they've been through an experience themselves and want to help others through it too, because they don't want anyone else to suffer the way they did.
They try to heal others, because they themselves know what it's like to be wounded, and that's a beautiful thing. Wouldn't you agree?
Who wants to learn from someone who acts like they've always been perfect? Who would even trust a person who is teaching about something they've never been through?
Using your experiences to help other people shouldn't be something to be ashamed of - it's actually something to be proud of, and to embrace. Because no one can deny your credibility when you're speaking from personal experience, your own journey of overcoming.
So if you're ever worried that you're not ready, or you're thinking: "Who am I to write this?" You're a wounded healer, which makes you the perfect person.
You don't have to be flawless or have completely "defeated" something in order to share your life lessons on the topic. Even if you fall from grace sometimes or don't always practice what you preach, it doesn't make you any less of a teacher.
Your wounds don't have to be all neatly healed before you can heal others.
So please stop doubting yourself, and think about all the people you will help with your stories.
Then get out there and heal some wounds.
Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post: