On Being Yourself

Somewhere along the way someone told you that you were no good. And somewhere along the way someone had good things to say about you. So why should you default to the negative? If you’re going to live in the past you might as well make it a good one.

Better yet, why not stop measuring your worth based on the opinions of others? You’re not who other people say you are and you’re not who other people say you’re going to be.

If we stopped worrying so much about what other people think of us we would be less likely to do stupid things. Because many of the things we do we do to impress others, and that often leads to doing stupid things.

Seeking the approval of others isn’t always a bad thing. It’s natural to want to be liked. But it’s important to remember that our greatest strengths are within. Regardless of what anyone thinks, we must first approve of ourselves. What you think of you is more important and more powerful than what anyone else thinks of you.

Accept yourself as you are, with all of your faults. Somewhere in that tangled mess is a feeling of peace and of love. Embrace those qualities. Those are your truest desires. That is the real you.

There’s no need to hold yourself to a particular identity that someone else has given you. Shed off that phony persona and let the real you come through. You’re only going to be here once, when else are you going to do it? Are you going to spend your whole life trying to live up to what others expect of you just to die having never really lived at all?

Originally published on my personal blog LivingWithConfidence.net

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