How do you see yourself? Not just physically, but spiritually, emotionally, as an individual? Put away the make up, designer clothes, strip yourself of others opinions of you and the voices in your head that try and tell you that you’re not good enough, not smart enough, not driven enough. WHO exactly are you at the core of your heart and soul?
Are you a giver? A dreamer? A teacher? A spiritual guide? A leader? A follower? A cheerleader for others?
This is not your profession, your skills, or your accomplishments, this is much deeper than that.
You may be a TEACHER in a classroom, but your heart and soul thrive by guiding others- you are teaching them along the way, but you know that you have to do so much more than what’s written in a textbook. Do you see the difference there? We all have a calling, a purpose, a certain set of skills, yet some of us are afraid to use them. We tend to focus so often on what others will think of us and how many people will approve of our choices, but in the end we aren’t hurting them by staying on the sidelines: we are only hurting ourselves by not realizing and utilizing our potential.
There is one very important lesson I have learned entirely on my own over the years and through experiencing self-doubt, criticism, and lack of faith & approval from others:
Not everyone can see WHO you are, and even if they can: not everyone will value it.
Be who you are and do what feels right and let go of the rest. You cannot control others opinions about you, and you never will be able to. I am naturally a people-pleaser and have a really hard time when someone doesn’t “like” me or doesn’t want to befriend me. I am a strong woman, but I carry a sensitive heart. I have had to learn to allow myself to FEEL disapproval, but not let it devalue my reflection.
You have to love yourself- first, and fiercely. Treat your self the way you would want others to treat you; “Be careful what you tell yourself, because you are always listening.”