3 Keys To Emotional Independence

3 Keys To Emotional Independence

If your day, mood, or reactions are being controlled by:

• the way your butt and thighs look in your jeans,
• whether a person you are dating asks you out for Saturday night or texts you the day after you slept together,
• a disagreement you’ve had with a family member,
• someone else’s opinion of you, or
• your desire to numb out and avoid dealing with certain situations,

then chances are you need some support in fostering emotional independence.

Here are 3 tips to aid you on your path to true freedom.

Tip #1: Befriend the Full Spectrum of Your Emotions

Most of us have a strained relationship with our emotions. We have been trained or trained ourselves not to feel. We have become masters at distancing ourselves from and suppressing our emotions, shutting down, numbing out, keeping busy, and staying in our heads, all so that we don’t have to feel what we perceive will be hurtful.

In our efforts to protect ourselves from potential pain, we lose access to some of our greatest tools and teachers – our emotions! Our emotions are our greatest guide. Like an all- knowing GPS, they are there to inform us when something feels off or right for us.

Yet, the problem is, we can’t learn from something we refuse to look at. To cultivate emotional independence, we must allow ourselves to feel the full spectrum of our emotions, to use them as learning tools and guides, and to freely express them in healthy and constructive ways.

Tip #2: Take A U-Turn Back To Yourself

Most of us look to the outer world for love, validation, affirmation, and stability. We are emotionally dependent on others as well as external circumstances to fill our cup, make our day, and inform our sense of self. However, as long as we keep looking outside ourselves for our answers as well as our self-worth, we will never feel free.

3 Keys To Emotional Independence

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To foster emotional independence, we must take a U-turn back to ourselves. We must learn to go inward and tap into our truth. We must become self-referred. Self-referral is a way of continually looking to yourself instead of the outer world for approval, answers, and guidance.

It empowers you to clear away the voices of society, friends, family, and the people-pleaser inside of you that is looking for love and validation so that you can finally connect with your inner wisdom (as well as your likes and wants) and live in your authenticity.

Tip #3: Step Into Radical Responsibility

To feel safe enough to live in our truth, confident enough to follow our gut, and liberated enough to live authentically, we must be able to trust ourselves. But unfortunately, deep down inside most of us don’t trust ourselves. And why should we?

How many times have we:

• said we would speak up, and then sat silent,
• known the person was not right for us, but stayed in a relationship out of comfort or convenience,
• promised ourselves that this week things would be different, only to break that promise to ourselves by Tuesday?

We break promises to ourselves all of the time. And it is all of these broken promises, that fosters our lack of self-trust and whittles away at our ability to be emotionally independent. To turn the tides on distrust and bolster our sense of emotional independence, we must turn words into action and step into radical responsibility.

Radical responsibility means taking 100% responsibility not only for the emotions we are feelings but also our capacity to listen to, honor, and act upon these emotions.

To be emotionally independent we must be able to count on ourselves, our ability to make and carry out high-level choices and actions, as well as our capability to navigate life in a healthy, effective, and self-honoring way.

So this week I invite you to join me in exploring and celebrating the gift of emotional independence. As Debbie Ford said in her book “Courage”,

“When you have emotional independence,
you want for nothing because you have everything.”



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