“There is only one you. Stop trying to devalue yourself by trying to be a copy of someone else.” ~Susie Clevenger
Are you devaluing yourself? Maybe without even realizing it?
Oy vey! I’ve got to move on to a happier topic!!
“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you.” ~ Walter Payton
Our greatness, when reflected back to us, can be overwhelming.
We often don’t realize the impact we have on others, even when we’re just being ourselves. Who we are matters and what we do matters.
I was at a birthday party recently and the guest of honor was showered with accolades, poems, stories, and reflections on how she made a difference in so many lives. She shared, with a voice full of gratitude and tears, how all of this was very difficult to accept and embody. However, since she trusted us to tell the truth, she would do her best to open up and accept it all and allow the fullness of her impact to sink in.
I was moved by her honesty, openness, and authenticity. I’ve felt the same thing myself, but instead of sharing how difficult it was to take in, I just slapped a smile on my face and went numb. It wasn’t until much later (when I was alone and could process things) that I allowed myself to soak in the experience.
But in the meantime, I robbed myself of the opportunity to have a peak experience in the moment and I robbed the giver of being able to fully show my appreciation and gratitude for the emotional gifts that had come to me.
When you’re greatness has been reflected back to you, how have you responded?
Janet Kingsley is an effective 'Belief Change Expert' who helps clients transform frustration to focus, confusion to clarity, and self-doubt to self-confidence.