Regardless of the message the world may bombard you with, YOU are enough.
Today, take time to consider all the messages that are being thrown at you relative to what you are missing. Advertisers go to great lengths to point out to you that you are not good enough as you are. They want you to believe that you need to be prettier, or have a better car, or be with the cool crowd, or wear certain clothes, and many other types of messages that infer that you can’t possibly be happy with what you are.
This my friends, is complete garbage.
If you get caught up in these messages, you begin to spend an inordinate amount of time pining for things that don’t matter, and lamenting what you are NOT.
I am a huge proponent of developing yourself. So I am not saying that you shouldn’t be striving to be better. What I am pointing out is that if you are not careful you can end up striving for the wrong things. Too many people are focused on the outside of themselves and how it looks to the world around them. This is a massive waste of time, energy, and money.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to have nice things or to look good. But don’t let these things be what drives you. Let them come as a result of becoming a better YOU. Let them be the natural outcome of a better inside. The better you become on the inside, the better you will uniquely look on the outside.
I clearly remember several years ago as I was teaching group of leaders. I was talking about the idea that you need to work at getting better. Because of the society messages, one of my students, approached me after the session and said to me “so you are saying that I am not good enough?” It was a great question for me, because it was so revealing of her lens at that time and helped me to consider that this is the lens most people go through life with.
In fact, I was saying the opposite. But the perspective was foreign to her. Society doesn’t reinforce that you are good enough as you are. It reinforces that you are missing a whole lot of stuff you need. This is wrong when it comes to an individual human being.
Everyone is blessed uniquely. No two people are exactly alike. Hence we are all perfectly designed in our own way. It is simply up to us to use what we have been individually blessed with and develop it to make the impact that only we can make, and to live the life that only we can live.
Authentically being the beautiful creation you are, growing your strengths, shoring up your weaknesses (especially the ones that get in the way of your strengths), and shutting out the noise of what you aren’t, is a certain way to live the life you are meant to live.
Don’t be or do what others would have for you…be and do what is in your heart. Turn the tables and let the world see YOU, it is the best path.