February 2, 2020

Are you willing to be wrong?

It takes a lot of courage to admit, “I was wrong.”

To soften a rigid mindset…to experience a change of heart…to change your mind…this sh*t isn’t easy.

That’s why most people never do it.

It’s much easier to stay committed to your old belief system—even if it’s harming you—rather than admit you were mistaken.

Can you remember the last time you realized you were wrong?

After sharing my TEDx Talk online, one woman sent me a private message on Instagram.

She told me, “Susan, for the longest time, I’ve resisted your work about women and their bodies. Honestly, I just found you so annoying.”

“I’ve been a lifelong dieter,” she explained. “I tried so many detoxes, cleanses, everything. So it’s really hard for me to listen to your rants about how dieting is harmful and dieting doesn’t work. I didn’t agree with you.”

“But,” she added, “I’m beginning to see your point. It’s really hard for me to admit that you might be onto something.”

I get it. 13 years ago, when I was locked in a never-ending battle with my body, constantly trying to find “the perfect diet” that would “finally work,” or the “willpower” to make it stick, this was hard for me to admit, too.

It’s not easy to admit that you might be wrong about something. Hard to admit that there might be another way. A gentler way. A better way.

When you acknowledge that your current beliefs might not be true—this the first step towards changing your life.

Is it possible that you are wrong about dieting? Wrong about your body? Wrong about what makes you valuable as a woman? Wrong about money and your ability to earn more? Wrong about dating and finding love? Wrong about your own power?

Is there a deeply-ingrained belief you’ve held onto for so long—clinging tightly like a life-raft in turbulent waters—a belief that might actually be false, that might actually be hindering you rather than helping?

Are you willing to be wrong—so that you can be free?

PS. BARE Coach Certification starts THIS month. Learn how to work with women on a wide range of health and body-related topics. Help them work through those deeply-grained beliefs and love the skin they’re in. Find out more here. 



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