Do You Take Yourself Seriously?

Sarah Cooper
Jun 6, 2016 · 5 min read

When is the last time you had an opinion but didn’t share it with anyone because you didn’t think anyone would care? When is the last time you got really excited about an idea you had but then never pursued it because you decided it wasn’t good enough? When is the last time you started to make something but gave up before you finished because you didn’t think anyone would like it?

You’ll read a lot of articles that tell you to “just do it,” — don’t worry what others will think, keep going, keep persevering, don’t give up!

But if you don’t take yourself seriously you’ll never be able to take any of that advice. Because you’ll always be able to convince yourself that what you’re doing isn’t important enough.

I didn’t take myself seriously for a long time. I still struggle with taking myself seriously. I couldn’t even put a finger on what it was I was doing to myself until about a year ago. But finally I realized there’s this thing some people have — this ability to get excited about something they’re doing and go for it with some sort of crazy abandon. This ability to remain focused and stand firm and get on top of a mountain and shout out what they want for all to hear (so to speak).

And I knew I had the ability to climb up a mountain and do the same thing, but I would always talk myself out of it. And I finally realized it was because I just didn’t take myself seriously.

I even struggled writing this article…

Why am I writing this? This is stupid. This is repetitive. Hasn’t someone else said this before but better? Do I even know what I’m trying to say? No one is going to read this. I should go work on something else. This is a waste of time.

Those were my thoughts almost every time I tried to create something new. I didn’t take my own opinions, my ideas or even what I wanted for my life seriously.

So what happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

Or you do try something but you give up quickly because you decide it’s not good enough, no one will like it, and it was a stupid idea anyway.

But the worst part happens ten years later when you look back on that thing you almost started and you realize there was something there. It wasn’t half as bad as what you thought at the time and you might have really accomplished something if you’d only stuck with it.

What happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

And the worst part happens ten years later when you’ve lost touch with who you really are, and you can no longer tell the difference between what you want and what other people want from you.

What happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

“But it was the exact same idea!” you say. Yes, it was — but that person took it seriously. That person took themselves seriously. That person said, “this is interesting to me, so it could be interesting to someone else,” and they did something with it.

What happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

What happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

What happens when you don’t take yourself seriously?

Every piece of every tiny little thing you’ve ever thought is filled with possibilities. You don’t know what. And that’s scary. You might not yet know how. And that’s hard. But when you take yourself seriously, you give yourself enough credit to know that you can figure it out. When you know in your heart that you and your ideas are important, you will give every idea you have a fighting chance.

That might mean speaking up at work. Or it might mean just finishing that one thing you’ve been thinking about forever. Or it might mean tweeting about it, making a video or blog post about it, or getting on a stage and sharing it with an audience.

When you take yourself seriously you will make others take you seriously. You will put your ideas out there. You won’t hide them. You won’t delete them. You will keep trying.

Take yourself seriously.

TRUST ME…


Sarah Cooper is a writer, comedian and creator of TheCooperReview.com. Her first book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings comes out October 4th.

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