Rejoicing in Your Unique Self
When discovering your purpose, you may discover that you have different likes, dislikes, values, inspirations, and motivations in comparison to others. Some people embrace that they beat to their own drum, while others find this hard to accept. If your purpose is not the same as your best friend, coworkers, parents, or significant other it is okay.
Don’t feel pressure to fit into the same mold as another person. Moreover, if someone is putting pressure on you to be like them, you should consider the value of the relationship.
How Do You Like Your Eggs?
There was a movie that came out years ago called Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts. The moral of the story is about knowing who you are and to embrace that person. Basically, the main character changed her favorite eggs each time she began dating a new guy. In the end, she didn’t even know what kind of eggs that she liked.
So, how do you like your eggs? Not, how does your husband or your best friend like her eggs. It should be easy to identify and stand up to your internal desire to in, but for many people, it is not. For clarification, I like my eggs on a croissant, with cheese, and sausage. My husband likes his over easy or hard boiled and my parents like theirs scrambled with cheese. I don’t need to like my eggs the same way that they do.
We are all different from each other. There are numerous factors involved in making each of us our own unique beings. We all have different intelligence levels, abilities, qualities, life experiences, and personalities. Even identical twins, who grow up in the same home, have many different likes and dislikes. Instead of trying to be like everyone else or someone else, you should rejoice in your unique self. Be happy about what makes you different!
Explore What Interests You
Your interests and passions are likely to be the result of internal attributes. While some life experiences may make you more drawn to certain things over others. Your personality will determine how you respond to those things. If you are introverted, you may be more drawn to art or writing over a more extroverted person who might prefer to interact through speaking or video.
For example, take two people who want to save dolphins. The introverted person might choose to spread their message via blog or editorial posts while the extroverted person could choose Facebook Live events. Both parties are passionate about the same topic but choose to relay it through two different forums. As a result, you should follow what your instincts are telling you to pursue. Don’t suppress learning something new because you fear that your friends would find it weird. Instead, pick up that new habit as it helps you bring out your best.
Choose to Surround Yourself with Open Thinkers
If you choose to surround yourself with people who expect everyone to conform, you will lose your individualism and creativity. It is far superior to surround yourself with people who are open thinkers. People who appreciate others for their unique strengths. When you are in the company of supportive people that appreciate your unique interests, you will flourish.
You can achieve much in life if you focus on your strengths. Know what you are comfortable and good at doing. Once you know your strengths, you should continue to enhance those skills to be the best you that you can be. When you focus on your negatives or your weaknesses, you will get down on yourself. Your inner voice becomes what you can’t do instead of what you can do. By focusing on your positive gifts, you can excel at your unique traits.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Again, you are rejoicing in your unique self. Therefore, there is no gained purpose in comparing yourself to someone else. You are striving to be your authentic you. Not your authentic co-worker. If she wants to restrict calories and exercise two times per day, then let her do her! She has a different personality, likes dislikes, personal experiences, etc., so you can never be the same anyway. You will just come off as an imposter who doesn’t resonate with you or anyone else.
Blow Your Own Horn
Instead of hiding what makes you unique – flaunt it! Be proud of what makes you tick. Enthusiasm is contagious. When you hide your talents, you are denying the world your unique perspective on life. Instead of hiding the fact that you like to cook in the nude, while juggling sharpened knives, and singing Bad Blood – own it. Hey, if this is you, do it and pray you don’t lose any body parts.
Stop Judging Yourself
Again, the reason that many people avoid or deny their uniqueness is fear of not fitting in. these people judge themselves and feel ashamed of their differences. These feelings may have been placed on them from well-meaning parents or teachers. Unfortunately, the advice given was wrong which resulted in the person denying their talents.
While this well-meaning advice was good in childhood to prevent being ostracized allowed for learning social interactions and increased safety and protection, the advice also suppresses a persons’ identity and the flourishing of their unique talents.
Stop treating your abilities with disrespect. Instead, you should allow your authentic self to face the world with confidence and determination.
Are you ready to embrace your unique self?
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