What Is Guilt And Why Does It Hold You Back From What You Want To Do

Let’s talk about guilt. It’s not a great feeling, is it? Guilt, by definition, is the feeling of deserving blame for something. Often, it serves as a check mechanism, urging us to do “the right thing”. Remember those student days? Not doing homework and lying about it made you feel guilty, ensuring you turned it in the next day, a beneficial habit for academic success.

But sometimes, it can be detrimental, hindering us from achieving what we want in life. We feel guilty about investing time and money in a side business, sacrificing family time for personal growth, or missing bedtime routines due to personal education pursuits. Despite knowing the importance of our actions, guilt sneaks in, clouding our judgment.

In essence, guilt can either motivate or restrain us. It’s crucial to recognize these feelings and assess their impact on our lives. Over the next seven weeks, let’s delve into these guilty emotions, evaluate them, and take action if they hinder our self-love and aspirations.

Here’s the issue with guilt: it not only prevents us from pursuing our desires but also undermines our commitment when we do. Feeling guilty about missing family dinners may affect your focus during client meetings or classes. It drains the joy from our endeavors, depleting the energy needed to persevere and excel.

Moreover, guilt serves as a convenient excuse for giving up. Achieving goals requires dedication and effort, and at times, it’s tempting to abandon ship rather than confront challenges. Addressing these feelings head-on improves our chances of success.  It cultivates the life we envision for ourselves and our loved ones.

Guilt can propel us forward or hold us back—it’s up to us to discern its role in our lives. By confronting and addressing feelings of guilt, we reclaim our power to pursue our passions, fostering fulfillment and success along the way.

Rev. Colleen Irwin
Reverend Colleen Irwin is a Spiritual being having a human experience as a Blogger, Wife, Mother, Mentor, Healer and Public Speaker living in Rochester New York. Colleen, a Natural Born Medium, teaches, lectures and serves Spirit when called upon. She remembers speaking with Spirit as a child and learning how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book “Discovering Your Stream”. Colleen has been mentored by Reverend Jack Rudy, and ordained as a Priest in the Order of Melchizedek by the Reverend Dan Chesboro through the Sanctuary of the Beloved. When she is not doing her Spiritual work she is a volunteer docent sharing Susan B. Anthony's history to visitors of the Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester. Her trust in Spirit gave her a new title – PREVIVOR. She now uses her platform to educate others about the BRCA genetic mutation and how one can take control of their health and well-being.
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