1.) You are enough.
People need to hear this all the time. There is nobody and nothing in the entire world that can complete you other than God. You have got to realize that all you ever need to overcome and to thrive…lies right in you. Don’t go seeking for validation from elsewhere. Instead, look inside.
Look how far you’ve come, all you’ve been through, and yet you are still standing strong. Let that push you and motivate you each day. Let it give you the grace to summon strength from within and realize you are enough…
2.) You are unique.
You are one-of-a-kind. No one can take your place, and you can’t take anyone’s place. Spend time watering your grass; no need to check whether your neighbor’s grass is greener or not. The world today has so many copies, so many impersonators, and so many people getting up each day and putting on facades.
Social media makes it seem as if XYZ has it all good (i.e. look at the cars, look at their amazing families; they always go on fancy holidays to Monaco, Singapore etc…). But the truth is that, these material things do not bring satisfaction, they do not amount to happiness. They are just the results of success.
True happiness comes from knowing your place, knowing who God has called you to be. Each of us was made with unique abilities and the world needs that. The world needs your touch…so learn to embrace who you are. Embrace your uniqueness; it is your selling point.
3.) Do not settle for less.
You were born extraordinary (these are not just sweet words to make you feel good). It is the truth – but it will never become a reality in your life until you believe it to be so.
You should have standards. It is important you remind yourself everyday that “I’m not going settle for less than…I am going to keep working and stay focused until I reach my goal. Even then I’ll keep working…because success is a journey, not a destination”.
So wake up each day and tell yourself “I will NOT settle for less today in my spiritual walk, academics, workplace, business, finances, health, relationships etc.”
4.) You can do it!
Remind yourself that it is possible. Like the Nike slogan says ‘Just do it.’ Just take that first step, just make that cold call, just send that letter, and just apply for that college/company. Trying is always worth it. Impossible is just a word – and even the letters spell out ‘I’m possible.’
Act like that, dress like that, think the part, and believe the part. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, who challenge you to be a better you each day. Do not give up! Keep striving even when you fail. Get back up, try harder.
Fall down seven times, get back on the eighth! There is absolutely nothing in this world you can’t accomplish when set your mind to it and believe in yourself. It is one thing to try and it is another to remain dedicated, to remain committed against all odds.
5.) You are blessed.
Nothing can be compared to the spirit of gratitude. Often, the hustle and bustle of life can blind us to how blessed we are: that you have a roof over your head, family, and friends who love you, that you have the opportunity to read such content, for health and vitality.
There is so much to be thankful for, you just have to open your eyes and consider the little things you often overlook. Someone out there is wishing they had the life you have…
6.) You will have bad days.
This point is gradually beginning to register in my head, slowly but surely. That is life – the high times and the low times. Some days are amazing – you get that call, you get that client or that promotion, you get a good grade or you pass a test, etc. Other days…nothing.
But what matters most, the most important thing, is your attitude during times like these. Do you choose to remain grateful or do you give in and complain? It is often during these times that true character is manifested. You have the choice of seeing the positive or negative in every situation. What do you choose to see?
7.) Do you.
So simple, so cliché, yet so true. Do what makes you happy. Trust that gut feeling. Follow your instincts no matter what the crowd is doing or what people are saying. There are so many voices around; so many opinions and background noise. Stay true to who you are.
8.) Be yourself.
This is such an important thing to remind yourself of all the time. We have our mentors, celebrities, rolemodels, so many people to emulate from – but they can never be you. NO ONE can be you.
True glory comes when you can just be yourself…you don’t have to do what the Joneses are doing or buy what Mrs. So-and-So is buying just to follow the crowd. Stick to your values. Let people know the real you: you as a man or woman of integrity.
They might not tell you this, but they will respect you. Remember, you are always being watched.
9.) You are not like XYZ.
We often tend to compare ourselves to other people: compare our lives, experiences, material possessions (i.e. comparing our ‘behind the scenes’ with someone else’s highlight reel). The truth is, no one has it all good. This is something I have been reminding myself of lately.
Everyone is going through their own ‘hullaballoo.’ Do not envy anyone, just appreciate your journey and trust the process.
10.) It is going to be okay.
Everything is going to work out well. The money will come, the job/business idea will come, your spouse will come, true friends will come…in its own season. Your current situation is only temporary.
Everything has a beginning and an end. I want you to know that everything going on in your life right now is for a purpose, nothing happens by chance. It is all working together for the greater good – all to shape you into the man or woman you were meant to be.
One last thing…you’ve got this!