As we grow up, it’s so easy to compare ourselves to other kids in order to determine (in our own minds) whether we’re athletic, smart, or talented.
- If I’m picked last for the kickball game…I must not be that athletic.
- If I get red marks on my papers…I must not be that smart.
- If I don’t make it into the talent show…I must not be that talented.
Meanwhile, we start to pick up on subtle (and not-so-subtle) clues by our classmates, teachers, and parents whether we measure up in their minds as well.
Sure, that was just childhood stuff, but those feelings of inferiority (and the lies that come along with them) seem to linger into adulthood for many of us, don’t they?
Think about the repercussions of not thinking you’re athletic, smart, or talented.
Perhaps you avoid situations that involve physical fitness, body movement, or sports.
Maybe you resist answering questions in the workplace out of fear of getting it wrong.
Or, possibly, you hold off on trying new things, because you’re nervous about not being good at it from the beginning.
What if you’ve believed a LIE your entire life? What if the TRUTH is that you’re athletic, smart, and talented in your own way?
I mean, seriously, who sets the bar for any of those qualities? How athletic, smart, or talented do you need to be in order to take on that word? Who bestows that title upon you?
I believe you can bestow it upon yourself. If you don’t believe that, I’m bestowing it upon you now! You are athletic, smart, and talented in your own way. Every time you believe something to the contrary, remember that truth. It might just change the way your live your life.