In one of my weekly Mind Adventure Alliance meetings, Steve shared a high school experience that changed his attitude about himself. In High School Steve was considered a ‘geek’, and that’s because his passion was computers (back then – computers were un-cool). He was often ridiculed and ostracized by his classmates. This never bothered Steve and today he is considered a top notch consultant in the Software industry. Steve declared his self-dependence at an early age. He intuitively sensed that expressing himself in ways that he enjoyed was far more valuable than trying to get by and fit in.
Wow – that is personal power in action – being willing to fully participate in life with your own distinctive style! Steve went on to say that he loves expressing himself, not to rebel but just to be himself. I can remember when I was in high school, and succumbed to the urge to blend in so that I would look good and be accepted. This pressure was more important to me than ‘just being myself’. Have you ever felt that way?
It takes courage to declare, “I choose to be me”, in the face of a world that wants you to be like everyone else. It’s those who dare to break free in the name of self-dependence, that feel fully alive. Are you one of them? Two of my heroes, in this regard, are Mohammed Ali (who dared to be himself in spite of tremendous government pressure), and Madonna (who continues to reinvent herself as her music evolves). Do you have anyone that inspires you to be yourself?
Take a moment today, to declare to yourself: “My aim today is to be my genuine self’.” I have a 90 Day Mind Adventure (coming out soon) that shows you precisely how to do this. Any thoughts?