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Have you ever wonder if there is a secret to a happier life? Well, in a nutshell, it starts with believing you deserve it.

Why is it we women are so quick to believe the worst about ourselves? This kind of thinking interferes with living a happy life. It also makes it easier to be influenced by the opinions of outside sources. Just because it came from the outside and they speak with authority that does not make it true. Saying what you really think with poise and dignity, as an adult women can bring with it feelings of insecurity. Learning to communicate effectively is far better than letting someone else erode your self-esteem, so we feel limited in our capabilities and possibilities.

That is what happens when we let unkind, authoritative voices erode our own voice. Doing this causes you to slowly give away the best part of who you are. It stifles you and puts you in a subservient position that comes with feelings of inferiority. You send a message to yourself that the person you trust is the least is YOU! Sounds crazy, but it’s true.

There is something in each of us that will guide us in the right direction, but it takes practice to listen to the right inner voice and hearing it with confidence must be developed. Two very effective methods are prayer and meditation.

When someone’s opinion causes you to feel undermined or afraid, keep in mind, it is just an opinion. It is just their point of view.