“Freedom is being able to choose whoever and whatever you want to be at any moment in your life. If you have to act in a particular way to avoid being something you don’t like, you’re trapped. You’ve limited your freedom and robbed yourself of your wholeness. If you can’t be lazy, you can’t be free. If you can’t be angry when something upsetting happens, you can’t be free. If you deal with someone’s behavior by being the opposite, question yourself. If you are constantly annoyed by a particular group of people, find the ways in which you are like them.
It’s not only our negative traits that we project on to other people; it’s also our positive traits. Most people with whom I work with project their genius and creativity, their power and success. If you want to be like others, it’s because you have the ability within you to be like them. If you are enthralled by megastars and spend time and money reading about their lives, find the aspect you love in them inside of you.
You deserve to have whatever it is you see and truly desire. The only difference between you and the people you idolize is that they are manifesting one of the qualities you desire and probably fulfilling their dreams. When you are not living up to your potential, it’s easy to project your positive traits onto people who are living up to theirs.”
Debbie Ford, in “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”
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