Do you know who you are?
In order to be energized every day and to have confidence and self assurance you need to have some inkling about who you are. A lady I know recently revealed that she had left her seemingly happy marriage because she didn’t know who she was.
This is an uncomfortable position to be in because it means you are buffeted by the stream – always pushed this way or that because of others’ opinions.
To give you a small example of being influenced by others …
I have always coloured my hair, and worn it in different styles, short, mid length or long, and when it is long I sometimes tie it up. My friends and others often comment on which style they prefer. Some will say, ‘I like your hair short’, others like it darker or fairer, and some prefer it long or tied back.
At times I have styled me hair to suit the person whose favourable opinion I most want at that time. However, I have now come to realise that it is impossible and downright silly to change my hair style because of what others say. I should be choosing for me – what I think suits me best, and varying the way I wear my hair depending on who I am and how I feel.
Can you see how this translates into larger things?
If we allow ourselves to put our own instincts and preferences after everybody elses; if we are always trying to please others and be how they want us to be we just lose ourselves. We end up not knowing who we really are.
Perhaps you have experienced times in your life when you felt you were not really yourself. This is what happened to me.
A Young Wife and Mother
When children come along they bring out the best, and sometimes the worst, in us. I had grown up around a dominant father who was bossy, irritable and sometimes angry. My mother was the opposite, gentle, easily upset and sympathetic. So when I had my own children stressful situations caused me sometimes to become irritable and angry, and at other times to dissolve into tears.
I am happy to say that most of the time I was even tempered, patient and loving. However, when these moods came upon me I felt that I was ‘not myself’. I had turned into someone else, and I didn’t understand what was happening and making me behave this way.
Awareness Allows Change
In one of my sortees into personal development I discovered that these mood shifts are because of taking on the personality of another person. In my case my mother or father. Once I became aware of this I could ‘catch myself out’ when I was going into these valances that were not the real me. As I took measures to handle stress in different and more positive ways, I became more of myself and a much easier person to live with.
Can you relate to this?
I have done a lot of personal development work over the years, and it has helped me to recognise that the real me is the best person to be. I know and like myself now, and this has helped me to gain the confidence I have in all situations.
It is also wonderfully energizing to know I am my own person and can choose for myself.
I’d love to hear about your experiences with becoming more of the real you.
This powerpoint presentation is well worth a few moments of your time. The suggestions are energizing and uplifting, the images absolutely beautiful and the music easy to listen to. Pass it on to others when you have watched and listened to it, and help to make their day or their life.
PS: If you want to ‘vote’ on which look you prefer in the above photos I will be interested in your opinion. (Not that I will allow it to over-ride my own preferences, of course.)
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