BE YOURSELF … you are enough.

Today I am putting this personal challenge out to you … BE YOURSELF.PEOPLE - ME2. istock-illustration-13046556-human

It seems every day we are exposed to messages that try to get you to be something you are not. This mental conditioning is strengthened by continual technological advances, enabling more and more marketers to get into your head … and many of you seem to be trying to live your life to someone else’s rules or expectations.

I think this Emerson quote puts it best:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that there is some correlation here between the rise of dissatisfaction and apathy in our communities. If you are constantly trying to live up to some standard, or to be someone you are not, you are bound to have some issues. And you are not alone … this is one of the major, widespread issues facing the world today.

I too lived much of my life trying to be what other people said I should be. I grew up in a very judgmental world: I attended church to please parents, so they could impress their friends; I married young in line with others expectations; I provided children to meet others expectations, then threw myself into business interests when motherhood was not enough for me. I started searching for my greater purpose; read lots of books, attended courses, started uni in my 30s, finished degrees, embraced single life, continued to feed my thirst for knowledge, zigzagged my way through various roles in private business and public sector leadership, constantly evolving.  In later years, I tried on the suited corporate chick: power-dressing, killer heels, cool brief cases,  leather meeting folders … you get the picture.  All the while, searching and trying to fit in … I often felt that the ‘real me’ was entrapped, screaming to get out … like a black and white picture, covering a colourful one underneath … I wanted to add my own colour and texture … to leap off the canvas and be real. More on that journey in my upcoming book …

When I left all that to pursue better life balance and personal goals, I spent a few months ’working on me’ … taking time to self explore, who did I want to BE?   Simple … to be ME … the strongly independent, determined, passionate, unique and authentic soul who craves purposeful connections and to make a real difference in my community. As my wonderful partner [of recent years] encouraged and supported my journey, I grew to understand and listen to my core values and drivers … to trust my gut instincts. Every time I had hit bumps in the road, it was because I was either trying to follow or compete with others. I became determined to BE ME … got rid of the grey/black corporate suits, embraced creating my business from our beachside home office in t-shirt and shorts, and wear ‘my colourful style’ to network and client meetings. Like peeling away the layers to reveal the real ME … with that knowing, inner confidence that comes from being aligned with my true purpose.

I have learned to relax more,  mindfully focus on what’s important to me and connect with others on a much deeper level; more open to possibilities … flexibly embracing the ‘whatevers’. This is leading me to many more opportunities to make a real difference than would ever have happened if I did not unleash my true, authentic self. Perhaps that’s my greatest achievement …

How did I do it? Follow my next 6 blogs for tips on how to BE YOU.

Don’t let others determine your course … and if they have until this point, the time to change it is RIGHT NOW.

BE YOURSELF … the world needs your greatness.

 

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