I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me
Adapted from the song This Is Me, The Greatest Showman
How much would your life change if you gently let go of what people said about you? What about letting go of what you believe people think of you? Imagine not welcoming those things into your being, and instead marching to your own drummer and choosing to be seen and making no apologies. Kinda revolutionary. Certainly counter-cultural. Definitely do-able.
Instead of the thought that you are not enough, why not consider a new and more empowering thought? What about the thought that it is okay for people to be wrong about you? Some people are going to accept and love you, and others are not. And that is okay. Whose opinion matters the most? Your parents? Your coach? Your girlfriend? Your boyfriend? Your peers? Society in general? Here's a novel concept: What about your opinion of yourself?
Since you are going to be judged by others regardless of what you say or do, why not be judged on being authentic you? Risk being misinterpreted. Go all in. Show up. Those who don't like you are going to not like you. That's okay. Know that those that love you are going to love YOU! These are your people. As you cultivate this authenticity, you will grow in confidence and happiness. Guaranteed. As Brene Brown says,
"However afraid we are of change, the question that we must ultimately answer is this: What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think or letting go of how I feel, what I believe, and who I am?"
Tomorrow, when you are choosing to post something, choose to post something that is most authentic to you. How'd it feel? What were the reactions? Experiment. Try it out. Practice. Reduce its scariness by actually doing it. Report back.
My coach, Brooke, encapsulates this concept in a refreshing way: Some people love peaches, some hate them. Who is right?!! It doesn't matter to the peach. Don't stop being a peach just because some people don't like peaches. Be juicy. Be sweet. Be round. Be delicious. Those that love peaches will love you. Those who don't like peaches aren't going to be into you. It's all good. Go live your life around people who dig peaches, and know that in the end, your opinion of you is truly the only opinion that matters. #bethebestdamnpeachintheworld
Happy Thursday, dear ones! ox