Who is Chris Leddy?

3/3/19
Writer: Chris Leddy
Reader: John Tessitore
Producer: Mike Esposito
Photographer: Unknown

I am NOT a doctor, I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, teacher, or therapist. Hell, I have a bachelor’s degree in business economics. So why should you be reading this and listening to me you’re probably asking? Fantastic question. 

In 2009 I was introduced to the world of self-improvement and become obsessed. I loved the concepts, the psychology, learning and bettering myself. I read books, followed blogs, listened to podcasts, spoke with various coaches, listened to interviews, went to seminars, and met some of the sharpest minds I have ever encountered. I began experimenting with new ways of thinking and living, constantly. 

In 2011 I started getting extreme anxiety. I was a senior in college and had no idea what I was really experiencing. I started getting random anxiety attacks that had me sweating, shaking, dizzy, and my heart feeling like it’d burst. I felt mentally crippled, like I was losing my mind. So, I become obsessed about understanding it. Talking to even more people, reading more books, seeking help, talking to various therapists + coaches, and learning how to conquer it. 

In 2012 I started writing. A LOT. I free wrote about whatever was on my mind, wrote articles about numerous topics mostly involving self-improvement and psychology, but I never shared ANY of it. I was too nervous about what people might think. I thought it’d be seen as crazy. That my writing would be ridiculed, or I’d embarrass myself. 

In 2013 I opened up a bit to my friends, family, and others about overcoming mental issues, illness, and anxiety. Not only did I discover I was not alone in these struggles, but realized what a common and massive problem this was. People started private messaging me, calling me (some who I didn't even know) asking for help and I realized I usually had gone through something similar and knew how to help. 

In 2015 I quit my job to travel the world and really get out of my comfort zone. It was shortly after that I really realized my passion for writing and wanted to continue the self-improvement path and help anyone willing to listen. I decided to open up my writings to other people because I realized how many other people are looking for answers, need help, and want to get over their worries and just live more, just like I was. 

Why am I writing this blog?

The simplest answer. I want to help you live more and worry less. Fears, worries, doubts, insecurities, anxiety are the biggest things limiting people’s lives. They can be the crusher of our dreams, the limiting forces of our lives, and the cause of most of our problems.

The mind is the most precious resource through which we experience everything. It’s how we perceive who we are, how we view others, and how we experience the world. It’s what we rely upon to feel happy, fulfilled, emotionally stable. It’s our greatest tool toward a fulfilling life and yet we rarely spend any time to look after it.

More often than not, the mind seems to be our enemy. Instead of working for us, it works against us. It cripples us, tells us what to fear, tells us we’re no good, what we can’t do. It’s the place of the greatest conflict, out to worry us to death, out to break us down.

And I hate that. I hate that so many people out there have these mental issues, insecurities, problems, and anxieties. I hate that anxiety and fear dominants so much of people’s lives. I love to think about what people would do, accomplish, and go after, if they just knew how to look anxiety + worry in the eye and say, “fuck you, I’m doing it anyway.” How to drown out the hundreds of voices in the mind telling us we can’t do something and instead listen to the one voice that says “watch me.”

THAT is why I am writing this. In the hopes that some of you may be able to take what I have learned and wrote about here and use it to better your life. I cannot promise or guarantee that I will change things for you, but if I can help you even in the slightest to help you overcome this pain and become a little better, then that will be worth my time.

We all want to be better. We all have dreams, wants, desires, ambitions. We all want to be the hero in our own movie that is our life. But to achieve any of this requires work. And it all starts with the mind.