"IF YOU DONT STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING". - MALCOM X
Do YOU struggle to be yourself? Do you find it hard to value yourself? Do you follow the crowd?
Today I want to speak about breaking free from those titles and becoming true to you and valuing yourself for all that you are!
I believe to value yourself and value your beliefs is detrimental in living a life of truth. If we are going through our days trying to please others and only doing or acting the way others think we should act we would be devaluing ourselves, becoming a so-called sheep and not being true to ourself. I believe we all need to learn the best ways to not follow the crowd and not do what we think others want us to do; as that is blocking us from being our true, genuine or honest selves.
Over the years I have built myself up and learnt to stand up for what I believe in and not allow myself to get manipulated into being what someone else believes I should be. This has meant removing myself from certain friendships, relationships and situations in my world. The positive that I have I've always taken away is that doing those things has always been for the better. Despite at the time it was tough I knew it was the right thing to do. I'm all about those gut feelings that twist and turn and niggle me and I know something isn't right when I feel that way. That is usually a sign to me that I need to take a look at the situation and find the best ways for me to move forward from those feelings.
Some important things to remember when valuing yourself and they key tools I have found for myself are:
- never comparing yourself to someone else
- embrace your mistakes and learn from them
- take opportunities to develop yourself
- never let someone else's view of you define you (that is their projection)
- share your journey with people you trust to let you be yourself and always stick to your dig.
Removing negativity and bad influences isn't always as easy as treating say the flu (if only) but it's not impossible it just takes strength and a willingness to stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
Please note: You are you and there is no one in the the world youer than you (thanks Dr. Zeuss youve always known what's up!!)
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