“Accept that you are MORE than you think you are…. not less than what you think you should be.” -Sephanie Kathan.
I think sometimes that we all spend too much time beating ourselves up because we don’t measure up to some expectation that we set for ourselves. Sometimes that is because we hold ourselves up against others, many of whom may have different or unique skills or knowledge that we will never match. It’s OK to have an idol, maybe a star soccer player or baseball player; but to beat yourself up because you can’t perform at that level is wasteful and harmful.
Perhaps you could learn by studying your idol’s work and workout habits, to see if using similar routines in your life would better prepare you to maximize your own performance. Most self-help guru’s recommend the practice of emulating the practices of successful people, in whatever you are trying to accomplish. Books have been written about the practices of highly successful people, so that others can see what they might try to do to also be successful. It just makes sense to try to learn from a winner and not emulate the loser.
The important message in today’s little quote is accepting what you are and realizing that who and what you are is more and better than you give yourself credit for. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t continue to strive each day to be the best “you” that you can be today. It is saying that if you have done that; if you have done all that you can during the day; then don’t beat yourself up for the things that you didn’t get done; rather congratulate yourself for what you did accomplish. You probably got more done that you might have thought that you could do, not less than you thought you should do.
I am reminded of a cute little saying by Dr. Seuss – “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
So, given that you are You, be the best You that you can be. I’ll be over here trying to be the best Me. Have a great week!