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Transform Self-Sabotage Into Your Super Power: Elizabeth De Moraes (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Elizabeth De Moraes’ talk titled “Transform Self-Sabotage Into Your Super Power” at TEDxFrisco conference.

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Hello, I’m Elizabeth, and I am a recovering, undercover, serial self-saboteur. Now, as intriguing as that might sound, it is not a very fun way to live. I say “self-saboteur” because, like probably many of you, I have self-sabotaged myself out of so much potential, so many dreams. I say “serial” because I do it over and over and over again.

My parents even enrolled me in a class when I was a teenager on how to overcome self-sabotage, and I really wish that I would have paid more attention to those lessons because it would have saved me a lot of anguish through the years. And I also say “undercover” because, unless you live with me or you’re in my inner circle, you would have no clue that I do this to myself. And I say “recovering” because I can see it so quickly now and nip it in the bud, or if I do it, then I can really bounce back much faster, but I still fall back.

I mean, I cannot tell you how many times I almost self-sabotaged myself out of this opportunity. I rewrote this speech so many times, and I kept layering layer, layer, layer on top of it simply because I was afraid my deepest passion and my deepest fear would be that I have nothing to say. And so I kept writing until someone, a very beautiful and exquisite soul, said, “Just stop. Stop. What is the one gift you want to give your audience? It is enough, and you are enough.”

And so I took about 24 hours, I stepped back, I started fluffing off all the layers, all the layers, until I got to that core message, which was there the whole time. I was just afraid that it wasn’t enough, but it’s enough. It’s way more than enough, and that is that I’m going to teach you how to turn your self-sabotage into your superpower.

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