Podcast #600


Do you ever feel like you just don’t measure up? You know a lot of it is in your head, but you can’t help comparing yourself to others and find yourself always coming up short. You just feel like other people are prettier than you, smarter than you, more successful than you, more naturally popular and likeable than you … and you end up feeling, well, less than. In this episode of The Confidence Podcast we’re going to give you practical tools on exactly how to stop allowing yourself to indulge in feeling “less than” and to start feeling good enough, worthy and absolutely unstoppable.


When You Feel Less Than and Not Enough. REVIEW OF THE WEEK IMAGE

No one makes you feel inferior without your consent. 

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on.” – Maxwell Maltz

“The only thing that can stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” – Tom Bradley


Someone super skinny.

Someone super popular.

Someone super smart. 

Someone super funny.

Someone super stylish.

Someone super fit.

Someone super witty.

Someone super outgoing.

Someone super trendy.

Someone super rich.

Someone super skilled.

Know what your triggers are, and then curious about why – and what was the origin of the story you told yourself?

Identify the story origin and ask yourself if you still believe the same thing?


Challenge the perspective.

Tell the whole story.

Parent your brain about the bigger picture of humanity.

Remove fairness from your factoring 


Feelings of inferiority or inadequacy can arise from various sources, including:

  1. Social Comparison: When people compare themselves to others and perceive themselves as falling short in some way, whether it’s in terms of appearance, achievements, or social status.
  2. Criticism and Rejection: Negative feedback or rejection from others can undermine someone’s self-esteem and make them feel less valued or competent.
  3. Trauma or Abuse: Experiences of trauma or abuse can deeply impact someone’s sense of self-worth and lead to feelings of being unworthy or inferior.
  4. Unrealistic Expectations: Holding oneself to impossibly high standards or unrealistic expectations can create a constant sense of failure or inadequacy.
  5. Cultural and Societal Influences: Cultural norms, societal pressures, and media representations can contribute to feelings of inferiority if individuals perceive themselves as not measuring up to certain standards or ideals.
  6. Internalized Beliefs: Internalized beliefs about oneself, often developed in childhood, can shape perceptions of one’s capabilities and worthiness. These beliefs may stem from family dynamics, past experiences, or cultural influences.
  7. Mental Health Issues: Conditions such as depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem can distort perceptions of oneself and contribute to feelings of inadequacy.
  8. Lack of Support: Limited support from friends, family, or community can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and isolation, leading to a sense of being less than others.


Creates internal inferiority complex where you always feel behind

Sparks pointlessness triggers


Feeling less than



Lack of discipline with inputs 


Reckless behavior (spending, eating, drinking) 


Our daughters are growing up in a world completely different than we did.

It’s a world that is filled with competition, comparison and curated lives that look “perfect”.

Now more than ever, girls feel “not good enough.”

The statistics give us a glimpse into the crisis of confidence: 

  • 98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way (National Report on Self Esteem)  
  • 74% of girls say they are under pressure to please everyone (Girls Inc, The Supergirl Dilemma) 
  • 92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. (Dove campaign)  
  • 78% of 17-year-old girls are “unhappy with their bodies” (National Institute on Media and the Family)
  • 1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. 

Growing up has always been hard.

It’s harder now than ever before.

There is a confidence crisis, and its impact is deep.

Give a girl confidence, and you give her access to an unstoppable future. 

Girls who have self-confidence make good decisions.

They have an easier time saying “no” to peer pressure.

They stay more involved in school activities.

They raise their hands and ask questions.

They lead.

They have a better relationship with their bodies.

Confidence is a skill set. 

It can be learned by anyone and taught to anyone. 

It is a muscle that can be strengthened and fortified, no matter the age.

We can teach the young women in our lives how to have more confidence.

We can give them the gift of confidence that will last them for a lifetime.

I’ll teach you how in my newest bundle, the Teach Girls Confidence Program.

Click here to check it out.

It’ll give you the tools you need to use this summer to build confidence in your daughter.

Plus you’ll get lifetime access to the program so you can revisit it anytime you need.

For a limited time, we’ve added $988 of bonus workshops and resources on self-esteem and self-confidence, all included in the Teach Girls Confidence Program.

Click here to get started. 


#598: You Are A Somebody: How to Believe It

#539: Stop Trying to Prove Yourself – You’re Good Enough Already 

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Do you ever feel like you just don't measure up? You know, a lot of it is in your head, but you can't help comparing yourself to others and find yourself always coming up short. You just feel like other people are ahead or prettier than you smarter than you more successful than you more naturally popular or funny or likeable than you and you end up feeling well, less than in this episode of The confidence podcast, we're going to give some practical tools on exactly how to stop allowing yourself to indulge in that feeling of less than that feeling of inadequacy, that feeling of not enoughness that feeling that even the most competent highest of achievers, I truly believe, feel and experience. The differences. The people who aren't held back by it are the ones who know how to talk back to it. And that's what you're going to learn today. Let's dive in. You're listening to the confidence podcast, the go to coaching podcast, oozing with motivation, and easy to implement steps that help you to be bold, and confident in life. I'm your host, Trish Blackwell internationally recognized confidence coach, best selling author, and founder of the College of confidence. I teach go getters in life, how to master their self talk, turn down the volume of self doubt, and get more results in life. So that you can be the difference maker and world changer. God created you to be you were made for more. And today's episode will help you tap into it. Let's go. Hey, guys, it's Trish Blackwell, and you're listening to the confidence podcast is a big milestone today, Episode 600. Y'all. Thanks for being here. 600 weeks in a row. Thank you. For those of you who've listened to every episode, and those of you who this is the first one, you've given a shot. So here's what you need to know we come alive every Tuesday drop a new episode. And it is my prayer and my purpose to deliver you very tangible, actionable content that you can apply to your life right away. This is if you think about the gym is where you go and train your body, I want you to think about the competence podcast is where you go and train your mind. Because in order to be the most competent, the most courageous, the most activated version of yourself, you've got to train your mind, you've got to train those things. And that's what we do here. So welcome to the show if you are new. In today's episode, we're talking about when you feel less than what to do about it. Before that, I do want to let you know that we have a very fun listener celebration that we're doing this week. Hey, just celebrate our 600th episode, I want you to go to Instagram. And you can DM me the word listener. And I'm going to give you an absolute free month in the college competence that's $97 gift and there's no obligation to continue you will have to enter set up an account enter your info. And then if you want to stay a member of course, keep keep coaching with me. If you just want to get the 30 days you just cancelled for when within your profile and you won't be charged a penny. So this offer is only good through June 1. So make sure you go to Instagram. I'm Trish underscore Blackwell on Insta DME the word listener and I'll give you all the free access. So happy 600th episode guys. And before we dive in our review of the week is from Emma Stiles. She said Go Trish I'm a single mama with full custody and in school and working go girl. Trisha keeps me motivated through the season of grinding for a better life for my son of a Christian and also appreciate that she appreciates self improvement from the same lenses that I do. Hey, friend, I'm proud of you. You are grinding. Let's acknowledge the seasons of grind. Let's acknowledge that life has challenged let's acknowledge that everything we want is on the other side of what we don't want to do. You know, it's so interesting. We want things to be easy. stop wanting to be easy. Nothing that God leads us to is too hard for us to do. So it's going to be hard. But we don't need to minimize ourselves. We have to maximize ourselves we have to step in and take action. The only way not to have regret tomorrow is to do what is right today. And sometimes what is right today is a lot of work. Sometimes it's not what we quote unquote feel like doing it's easy to look around and look at people who were in a different season. And then think why did they have it easy? Let's look this up. Put our hearts on the table. No one has it easy. Every version of life has its own heart. Now we always think the grass is always greener on the other side. There are hard seems easier than our hard. Guys hard is hard. But hard is less hard when you have an attitude of gratitude when you choose To find the lessons when you choose to say I will purpose attach, I will attach purpose to everything that I do, we just spent a whole month in the College of competence on attaching purpose, actually, it's still happening. So you, you can come in and join us in the College of competence and get access to how we are coaching on purpose and purpose attachment so that you walk through every life every day of your life with meaning. But it's a simple step of saying like, this is hard. And I want to acknowledge that I'm going to pat myself on the back for that, I'm going to self validate. And I'm going to acknowledge that I am not only capable of doing hard things, but I'm good at doing hard things. And when you lean into being good at doing hard things, your self concept that is how you consider yourself, it elevates, it maximizes and when you maximize your impact in the world does too. And all of a sudden, you feel more capable. When you feel more capable. You step out and you do more. You take the risk. You speak up, you advocate, you give yourself permission to be yourself. Now, I have a couple, one of my favorite quotes. Well, she's one of my favorite humans in history is Eleanor Roosevelt. I don't I know you've heard this before. But I want to lovingly remind you of this today. No one makes you feel inferior without your consent. I spent a lot of my life feeling inferior. And it doesn't. It both makes sense. And it doesn't. I felt inferior to my brother. And you might have heard the story. I was a very athletic kid, but definitely a tomboy. And my older brother was like the hot one. And people actually said, like, you sure you have the same parents, he's so good looking, we don't know what happened to you, like kids are mean, right? So I felt inferior. I felt less that I also came from a very blue collar, single income family. I felt inferior to my friends whose dads were business suits. It doesn't make sense. But in my little girl brain, I had said, my dad goes to work on construction sites, and their dad wears a suit and tie. I felt less that. And if we could just pause here and acknowledge that some of the reasons we feel less than or simply from a story that we told ourselves. And if we're really honest, that eight year old version that Trish had in her mind of a successful man or a better man was not an insult to my father. But it was a glorification of movies that I saw of like what a quote unquote happy perfect family did, the husband went and he worked at a bank, and he came home and he wasn't dirty, and you know, covered in grease. And so I connected that people who came from families like that, that those kids had more than me that they were better than me that there. So I created my own inferiority with my consent, because the consent was in my brain of the story I was telling. There's another great quote, I love the work of William James. He says the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. And the reason I'm sharing that today with you is no matter what your story in your narrative is about why you're less than why you're behind why you're inadequate, why you're not enough, why you are inferior. It's just a story. And what is a story, it's a string of thoughts. So it is in your inferiority and feeling not enough, is creating unnecessary stress you are choosing stress in your life. And the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another and that if you don't yet know that is 100% The work we do in the college or competence. If I were to summarize what my coaching program, the college conferences, it is a place where you learn to choose one thought over another. And we string that together and create the life of our dreams. Tom Bradley said this the only thing that can stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you. And the thing that stops us the most is the fear that we are not enough. The fear that will embarrass ourselves the fear that we're going to put ourselves out there. And if we're disappointed we'll feel less than that will believe the failure that we won't measure up we won't compare that we aren't enough. So you're the only one in your way. And again, it's simply a choice of what thought are you going to think but let's get into what are your less than triggers? What are those things that are where are you giving consent to feel inferior and

Speaker 1 9:39

when we feel inferior? We shrink the enemy of our soul wants to minimize us. I really believe God wants you to maximize every gift he has given you. He wants you to be the fullest version of yourself not the not the watered down version. But when we feel not enough when we believe the lie that we're not as as Pretty not as skinny, not as smart, not as cool, not as talented. Not as clever. We then play small. We tip toe, and you toe through life, you will get tip toe results. So what are your lesson triggers? Is it someone super super super skinny? Is it someone super popular? Someone who dresses really smart, someone who's super, super intellectual, someone super funny. Someone super stylish, someone super fit. Someone's super witty, someone's super outgoing. So someone's super trendy, someone super rich, someone super skilled. And I list these out because they are obvious. But I want you to take an audit of your mind of your insecurities of those moments when you you feel a little bit not yourself. How do you know you're going into that inferiority when you're How are you consenting to inferiority, it's when you don't feel fully yourself, I know that it comes up for me. And I start doubting myself I sort of shrink my shoulders i i go and become reserved. And for an outgoing person, I am naturally extroverted and outgoing and joyful. And when I find myself being reserved, not because I'm exhausted or distracted or thinking about something, but because I'm intimidated, or I feel less than see, we don't always call it less than we don't always acknowledge, we feel inferior, we just say, Oh, I just feel like a little intimidated by that person. Or we make assumptions. And we tell ourselves story about why that person is not going to like us. And so we don't even we don't even engage. Or we assume we're being judged by that person. Because we are putting them on such a pedestal that we assume that we don't measure up. And then we're a little bit embarrassed. So it's really really convoluted web of emotions that we can experience. And what I want you to do in your audit is the last time that you shrunk back. But last time you felt this less than come across that wave of less than the wave of inferiority, what does it feel like to you? What emotions create that wave for you? For me, there's shame, there's embarrassment. But once you know what you're feeling the feeling has less power of you. And once you know what your triggers are, and you can get curious about why is it when I'm around that person, I start pulling back, I start being massively intimidated. I'm worried about what they're thinking about me. I'm thinking they think I'm a fill in the blank, an idiot, awkward, I'm this I'm not smart enough. I don't belong, whatever might be, what is the origin of the story. And once you realize, Wait, there's something that's happening here that I'm telling myself that this person is thinking that is causing me to shrink back and shrink down, I am giving consent in this made up story of my mind. I am inserting myself into their thoughts. And by the way, 99% of the time, that person is not even thinking about you. And yet our whole behavior changes based on this made up conversation that you have in your brain about what they're thinking in theirs, what they're thinking about you. Here's the great news, nobody's thinking about you. They just don't care that much. I hope that frees you. I don't mean it in a negative way. This is such such good news. Once you identify the origin story, then you can ask yourself, do you still believe the same thing? Because I had a 15 year struggle with body image and eating disorder. It makes sense that I I really I really epitomized and like glorified this concept of extreme extreme active Morphe, which is just a very, very, very natural, skinny person. And I noticed that when I would find myself pulling back because someone was just very naturally thin. Honestly, I was triggered by I was embarrassed, I felt judged. I felt self criticism. Come on. I felt jealousy. And I felt less that. But once I realized that that was a trigger, that that type of body type. When I saw it, my brain launched into old stories that I was believing and telling myself when I was 20 when I was 15. And I can now look as a 41 year old woman and say those stories just were not true. I did not have the full story that I had told myself a story that if I was insert the number I don't remember 10 pounds, 20 pounds, whatever if my body was different than my life would be better. I had to believe the lie. I told myself the fantasy that when my body looks perfect looks like that. Then I will be happy, then I won't have problems, then everyone in my life will love me. And then nothing bad will ever happen. And if you were honest with yourself, we in Wigan, I'm laughing at my old self, I love that version of her. She truly believed that. Because we often have this like, well, when this one problem is finally fixed, then I'll be happy with my life. And it could be your body, it could be money, it could be a relationship, it could be your personality, you guys that the origin story is the problem. And so we want to ask ourselves, if once we identify what that original story is, do you want to still believe the same thing? So what is that story? And do you want to believe that story? Or do you want to learn, and narrate and create a new story? So what we do to do that is we change the we challenge that perspective, then we tell the whole story. And then you parent, your brain, about the bigger picture of humanity, meaning, you remind yourself that everyone has problems, you remind yourself, that your weight means nothing. You remind yourself that Money does not buy happiness, you remind yourself that the smartest people are not better, smarter people are not better than you that somebody who's five years ahead in their business journey doesn't have a better business than you. They're just started earlier than you. Right? I think we compare, we get so stuck into the comparison, and we think they are better. And anytime you think that there's a competition with life of one person's life against another, you are telling yourself a losing story. I want to invite you into a fuller story of the belief that you were placed, where you are created to be who you are for such a time as this, to play your part in humanity, your piece of the puzzle, there is no competition against what you're supposed to do in the world, you are supposed to be you. But we are so distracted, comparing ourselves to everyone else. And when we do that, and we think it's not fair that they're prettier than me, it's not fair that they their life appears easier than me. It's not fair that their parents paid for collagen, they have a trust fund, it's not fair, that she's naturally can't can't gain weight. Like she's just so skinny, she can't gain weight, and she still has her curves. How is that it's not fair. Fill in the blank, whatever your your story is. Because we if I thought that would be a helpful, I would say keep saying that. But let's just remove fairness from your factoring. One, it's, it's not fair. So we all have different strengths. We all have different edges. We all have different gifts, fair or not. Life is not fair. There are things that that I that that I have in my life that are true, true blessings and favor. And in the same way as you consider yours. There are things that you have that I don't. And so we could say fair, not fair, true. But there's so much that it's not fair. But what is well, I go back to it's not fair that I get to I get to have breath and life and grace and forgiveness. And I have I can walk in the presence of God's goodness. That's what is grace, right. And so we can play the game of not fair. But it really just it muddles your story keeps you in a negative thought cycle, it keeps you stuck and minimizing your life. And if you if you continually live in a way that minimizes your life, and you're, then you're looking for the easy way out, and then you will what what ends up creating, as a result is self pity. And as Joyce Meyer says, You can be pitiful, or you can be powerful, but you cannot be both, and I am here to equip you to live a powerful life. And so just know this, it is okay that your brain offers you this feeling of like, Oh, I just kind of feel not enough I feel less than the key is though it doesn't mean anything unless you attach meaning to it. So call yourself out on it, notice it when it's happening, then get curious and go. What is it that I'm telling myself, you guys have heard me really digging on a doubling down on this concept of narrative intelligence and cue. And it's something that I've coined and we've done a full course on it. It was a course that we've done in the College of confidence, but I actually have it available for you.

Speaker 1 19:24

To purchase just a one off course it is a must. I think it's a must have course or you I will walk you through what is called the arm method to really elevate your narrative intelligence and your narrative intelligence is your ability to talk back to yourself your ability to to change the narrative of your mind, the way you're telling yourself a story about your experiences, your circumstances, your emotions, your thoughts, your self, your life and others and so the more your n q improves, the more power you have to create a confident and really, really fulfilling life. And Sarah with that, I want you to know that there's if you indulge in this just feel less that it immediately creates waves of self pity. It creates this internal inferiority complex, where you always feel behind and it sparks pointlessness. We just did a workshop in the College of competence on pointlessness on battling pointlessness, because if you feel like you're not as good as somebody else, or you're less than, and that you're, you're in this competition of life that you're never going to catch up on or be enough for, you will feel really, really disengaged, really, really discouraged, really, really overwhelmed and hopeless. And I'm here to tell you, that you don't have to live that way. I'm here to tell you that there's more for you. And it starts by just simply saying, I am not less than I do not give anyone consent to be inferior, I stand in the fact that there's more to me than I even know. And that I am more capable than I'd given myself credit for that I am, I am more than able that I am. I am on my way. And and I have this great quote I read by Max Maxwell Maltz. And he said this low self esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on. Because in so because you might be saying to us, this feels like a lot of work that I'm really going to have to be curious about my emotions really questioned this origin story of inferiority, and why there are certain people or situations that categorically activate this inferiority or this less than Ness or inadequacy in me. And so once we get curious, we can start really working at healing those areas. And that may sound like a lot of work, but I'm here to tell you work is always worth the payoff of work is worth it. We are not here to pave the way have an easy life. Everything you want is on the other side of what you don't want to do. I know it sounds more challenging to me than the work that I'm presenting here to do the narrative intelligence work to get coaching on this, to do the journaling that's going to be required to get some insight on what is the story that you're telling yourself is, you know what's harder, driving through life with your handbrake on. That's terrible. And so the byproduct of inadequacies, this low self esteem. And I'm here to help the good news that you're taking away today is that you're not stuck. You're not stuck. You're Not You don't have to always feel less than and these areas where it flares up. Those are the areas you start. And that's where we start to do the work right away. I hope this episode has got you thinking I hope you're excited to go grab your journal and start exploring what is it that I'm telling myself? What story and what if this story is optional. Because the story you're telling yourself that's making you feel less than is optional. The other thing I wanted to mention is that when we go into inadequacy and measuring ourselves against others and feeling not good enough and not where we're supposed to be in behind and just the general not enough, we are always living in luck. And I really believe you are here to live life and live life to the abundant. So if you have a choice here and we all have a choice to live in Lac, or to live in abundance, let's choose abundance. If you haven't yet watched the replay of Mike how to feel good enough or workshop, it's absolutely free. We go into the five mistakes that people make when so it's a continuation of what we're coaching on today. And then three actual things you can do to start feeling good enough. So if this is resonating, go to Trish blackwell.com forward slash good enough. I'll include that in the show notes for you. So that you can click you'll get instant access the replays right there for you. So Trish blackwell.com forward slash good enough. Now the other thing I want to mention before we close out for the day is I just teed up a fresh release of how to teach girls confidence. If you have a daughter, or you mentor young girl, this is the perfect bundle to get a hold of before summer. Because this is a great course to work through as you work through it yourself as the adult so you know how to instill confidence into the young woman in your life. Because the reality is our daughters are growing up in a world that is completely different than we did. It's a world filled with competition and comparison and curated filtered lives that look perfect. And now more than ever girls feel not good enough. So I had to mention this program since we're talking today about not feeling good enough feeling less than our daughters are experiencing this and they don't have the language, the vocabulary to converse about it and to have conversations and to tell you what's on their heart. Here's some data 98% of girls feel an immense pressure from external resources to look a certain way and that is a national report on self esteem. 74% of girls say they're under pressure to please everyone that is from the Super Girl dilemma. 92% of teen girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking, the highest. That's from Dove campaign research. 78% of 17 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies. That's the National Institute on media and the family. And one in four girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis of depression, eating disorders, cutting and other mental or emotional orders, disorders. And so let's be honest, growing up has always been hard, but it's harder now than ever before. There is a crisis of confidence and its impact steep. But when you give a girl competence, you give her access to an unstoppable future. Girls who have confidence and self confidence make good decisions, they have an easier time saying no to peer pressure. They stay more involved in school activities. They raise their hands and ask questions they lead. They have better relationships with their bodies. Incontinence is a skill. It's a skill. It can be learned by anyone and taught to anyone. It's a muscle that can be strengthened and fortified no matter the age. And so we can teach the young women our lives, how to have more competence, we can give them the gift of competence that will last them for a lifetime. And I teach exactly how to do all of that in my newest course. teach girls confidence. You can go to Trish blackwell.com forward slash girls to check it out. Right now we have over almost $1,000 of bonus workshops and resources on self esteem all lumped in and included so check that out. I'll put that in the show notes as well. Final two things to let you know if you're jamming out on this go get that good enough replay Trish blackwell.com forward slash good enough. And there's also two episodes two podcast episodes it's episode 539. Stop trying to prove yourself you're good enough already. And episode 598 You are a somebody how to believe it. So if you've not yet listened to those two episodes, those are great to go even deeper and just hear a different angle and perspective on this topic. Because it is my just absolute prayer privileged to be a voice of encouragement in your life. Thank you for listening. Thank you for being part of this pod fam. Thank you for sharing the show with your friends for writing reviews, and just spreading the good word. Go out there today and go be more of who God created you to be. Be you. Be free. Thanks for listening to the confidence podcast and allowing me to be your coach today in your life. If you love the show, please let us know by leaving a review in iTunes are encouraged by what you learned. share this episode with a friend and let us know that the show was changing your life by saying hi to us on social media Instagram, trish_blackwell are on Facebook Trish Blackwell coaching, ready to take what I teach and really take it to the next level. Join us today in the College of confidence. It's a group coaching program that you can join risk free and cancel anytime. In the COC you'll scale your confidence, your courage, and the changes you make in your life. It's the coaching support and community you've been looking for. Go to www.collegeofconfidence.com to get started. If you love the podcast, you will love the College of confidence even more and see even more transformation in your life. Come and see for yourself. I'm cheering you on friend. See you soon

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