Monday, February 25, 2013

Give Yourself Some Credit!

by Kris Pitcher

We've had this conversation before. Generally. But, when I receive signs from the universe, I feel compelled to bring it up again. And again.

You are you. You're only you. You aren't anyone else. Trying to be someone else doesn't work. One of my favorite sayings is, "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."

To your credit, we are bombarded (Incoming!) with messages telling us to be someone else. Ignore those messages. Ignore media telling you to be blond, or tall, or young, or old, or red headed...or lying on a fur rug drinking scotch...or what ever.

We look at social media where everyone is captured at the exact moment when they look their very best. You don't see me with my profile picture of my crazy hair, no make-up, glasses and pajamas on. You see me the way I want you to see me, at my very best.

And we have all been tricked. Tricked into thinking we need to look like something else, BE something else. When all we really need to be is ourselves.

We don't get to be someone else. We haven't done the work to earn our MBA like Ms. High Achievement over there. We haven't grown our bangs to have that long sweeping hair that sexy so-and-so has. So what!

You are you. You have that. Be you. Do the work you need to do to be the you you want to be. Untangle that. If we put the energy, half the energy, we spend wanting to be other people just working on ourselves...we'd be the person we want to become.

Comparing ourselves to others doesn't even make sense. Does it make sense to have role models? Of course it does! Should we look up to people? Absolutely. Can we incorporate the good qualities those people have into our lives? Yes we can.

But can we BE those people? No, we can't. It wouldn't make sense to, they're already taken. The thing is, you have qualities people look up to. You have things about you people admire. Figure out what those things are and acknowledge and celebrate them. Give yourself some credit!

Don't be fooled into thinking you should be anything but you. Pay attention to the right things, figure out what it is about you that makes you unique and BE you. You'll be surprised how great you are!

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