When we feel the need for constant external validation, maybe it is time to start asking ourselves why that is. This applies specifically to women, who may regularly elicit attention from men to feel special, worthy and attractive. In fact, some of us can take this to an extreme, where we seek validation, using our feminine charms and sexuality to be ‘seen,’ noticed and approved of. This feeling of power gives us an instant feel good ‘hit,’ which never lasts, because ultimately it doesn’t reach in and validate who we are as people. So, we are off on our search again, longing and yearning for that magical person to give us something that for some reason, we are unable to give ourselves. That search will eventually lead us back to ourselves, because it is a dead end on a road going nowhere. We are solely responsible for determining, deciding and creating our level of self esteem that doesn’t require anyone’s stamp of approval.

Being centred and grounded in our authentic selves is not easy if we have low self esteem, we need propping up, we need to be noticed, and this need originates from a core wound that no amount of validation can heal. However, that doesn’t stop us jumping from one relationship and sexual encounter to the next, in the hope that this person and ensuing distraction will take our pain away. We are living on the periphery of our lives, orbiting our core wounding with an astute cleverness that has become our default defence mechanism. Unfortunately there is not a man walking on the earth who has the power to reach in and love all the hurt away, that belief belongs in the fairy tales with the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. In real life, Sleeping Beauty would wake up out of her 100 year stupor, dust herself off and tell Prince charming to take a hike, while she gets on with the business of discovering the Queen that she is, and not the ‘princess’ that she’s been conditioned to be. True, authentic transformation evolves out of the pursuit of self discovery, an innate potential that resides in us all. Low self esteem, with all its highs and lows, does not feel good. This offers a momentary reprieve, but it will never offer the one thing that we truly need, and that is healing. We can become so immersed in our story that it is hard to imagine that life could take on new meaning, that we could create a reality that would be deeply satisfying, in a way that drama, addiction and another pair of shoes, could never match and never equal.

Hypnotherapy and Inner child work can help us connect with our authentic selves. It is a process that takes time, and yet once we start that journey, we will never look back and will not look to another person in order to feel good about ourselves. Our ‘validation addict’ would no longer have a strong hold and we can get on with the important issue of living life in freedom. Once our self esteem is elevated, life has a way of reflecting that new inner reality, and we will enjoy more positive experiences, new people and deeper connections. We can literally create a new paradigm, one that nurtures our innate potential, simply because we have connected with our authenticity, and not the ‘self’ that was created as a knee jerk response to difficult past issues. We deserve freedom and to take our place as the ‘Queens’ we truly are.

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About Sandy Robson

Sandy Robson is a fully qualified Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist and Accredited Journey Practitioner. Sandy specializes in Self-Esteem and Weight Loss. She helps her clients achieve their weight loss goals by means of the pioneering Virtual Gastric Band. This is a powerful weight loss system, utilizing the concept of a “virtual” gastric band and hypnotherapy, successfully harnessing the power of the subconscious mind to bring about safe, long term results. The Virtual Gastric Band is a long term solution to your weight loss issues and has an impressive 95% success rate! Sandy’s other area of expertise is self esteem. She helps clients re-discover the truth of who they are and their innate potential.