Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Your Only Job is to Be the Best You!

I came across a quote by Douglas Mallock today:

"If you can't be a highway, just be a trail;
If you can't be the sun, be a star;
For it isn't by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are."

How often, in life, do we compare ourselves to others and wish we were something other than who and what we are? I'd venture to say that each of us does this far more than we realize.

I think it is one of the saddest and most destructive of our common mental gyrations.

YOU are like no one else... by design. We are each brought into this life with a special constellation of qualities, gifts, talents and potential. Our job is to develop our unique potential to the fullest. End of story. To compare ourselves to others is not only a waste of time... it distracts us from our true purpose. Our true purpose is to fulfil our divine destiny.

Each of us was created for a reason. Some of us get to know the exact nature of that reason. Others of us may never know. So... what to do?

We do the best we can. We follow our passions. We pursue our dreams. We face ourselves and work to eliminate those aspects of our selves that get in the way of being all we were created to be. We do the hard work of becoming the person that we were created to be. We learn to not compare ourselves to others! This is the key. No one else is like us. We are not like anyone else.

My friend and speaking coach, Gail Larsen uses a wonderful Oscar Wilde quote to get the point across, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken."

Indeed. Celebrate who YOU are. Express your real, authentic self. That's what the world needs and that's what other people will respond to.

Try to be like others and you are, at best, a cheap copy.

Be yourself and you can affect the world as you were intended to. No one can say what that is supposed to be. No one knows the significance that can come from simply living out one's own, unique destiny. However grand or simple it may seem to you... who you are is important and how you live your life matters to us all.

BE YOU! The world will be better off for it!

No comments: