Sometimes we’re afraid to start because we’re waiting for more experience, clarity or talent. But the truth is that the perfect moment won’t ever come. We shouldn’t be afraid to put pen to paper, even if our thoughts seem knotted and jumbled. We don’t have to create a masterpiece from the very beginning. We can redraft, recraft, and remould our ideas as we go along. We only need something to start with.
If we want to achieve and succeed, we should stop looking around for someone else to give us the instructions, the expectations and the answers. Sure, there are useful tips and tricks that we can learn from others; we can ask questions, seek advice, observe them. But we shouldn’t be trying to be a replica of them, because all we’ll end up becoming is a shadow. We have our own gifts to offer and talents to share. We can create our own rules, build our own set of expectations, and find our own answers to our own problems. We don’t need to follow in someone else’s path. We don’t need to compare our journey to anyone else’s. We don’t need to do what everyone else is doing.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We are all meant to shine.
We’re taught to sabotage ourselves repeatedly through a particular mindset. We constantly focus on the flaws of our body and our intellect and everything in between. We constantly tell ourselves that we’re not enough. We constantly brush off our talents and achievements. Why? We’ve been listening to that for too long. We’ve forgotten the power hidden within. We’ve forgotten that we are all unique and wonderful, that we all have more to offer than we thought possible, and that we’re allowed to let our light shine. Let’s stop hiding ourselves away. We deserve more than darkness. The world depends on us to keep lighting it up. Don’t leave it in darkness. Don’t leave yourself in darkness.
How do we measure who we are? Too often than not, we focus too heavily on what we’re not and not enough on what we are. Some of us feel it through the weight of other people’s opinions. Some of us feel it through the burden of our own opinions. We often underestimate our talents and exaggerate our flaws. Why are we so hung up on the negatives? Shift the perspective a little. Stop belittling yourself. You have so much to offer. And so much of you is beautiful, even the imperfect, damaged parts. Be proud of who you are. Appreciate it’s value. And flaunt it.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Sometimes we embrace our differences and other times we negate them, both to our advantage and disadvantage in various ways. But we cannot deny their existence. So why do we invalidate and why do we allow others to invalidate our own differences? We all have different capabilities and talents that we should express and share. Just because something didn’t work for someone else, doesn’t mean it cannot work for us. Just because somebody thinks that we are not good enough, doesn’t mean that we’re not. To be a leader, a hero, an innovator, a developer, a thinker, or whatever we want to be, we have to be different. We’re all rare, anomalous, and unparalleled. So don’t hide away what defines you. Believe in your differences. Our differences make us irreplaceable, and it would be a shame to extinguish that flame.
We cannot always be prepared for everything in life; we can only be as prepared as we can be. We cannot always be perfect, in our own eyes or another’s eyes; we can only do our best. We need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves and trust our talent. The calmer we are and the more we enjoy ourselves, the more confident we will be in the moment and in our abilities. Let’s believe that we can do it. Even if what we imagine and what we expect doesn’t match up with reality at that time, we will still reap the rewards later. Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
There are so many amazing parts to each and every one of us. It may be our compassion and heart, it might be our passion and drive, it may be our knowledge and awareness, or something completely different and equally awesome. I believe that we should all endeavour to share these parts of ourselves. We should let those parts of us peek through the bleak grey clouds like strokes of sunshine. Let’s share our talents, our pleasures, and our visions like sunbeams. Those sunbeams we expose to the world may soak into other parts of the world that need that burst of light. Those sunbeams might reflect and disperse to multiple parts of the world at the same time. Then, even on dreary days, seeds of awesomeness will grow from what we’ve shared. And in those moments when it rains, our sunbeams will only help those seeds grow. We should plant and cultivate positivity, inspiration and happiness all over through sharing parts of ourselves, wherever we can, in whatever way we can, in whatever capacity we can. We can spread self-love and love to others everywhere, just through the simple act of being ourselves.