As individuals, we have the incredible power to decide that we are, in fact, good enough. Good enough as a friend. Good enough as a spouse. Good enough as a manager, salesperson, entrepreneur. But the majority of us spend copious amounts of time comparing ourselves to other people’s standards, other people’s goals and dreams. Then, it becomes easy to think we aren’t good enough. That kind of thinking will get you into trouble. Let’s start at the beginning. God made us all individuals; no two of us are alike. We might be similar, but not exactly alike. You are unique. Therefore, set your own standards, goals and dreams. This is the beginning of getting beyond good enough. Build a Better You!
Most of us have some bad habits or patterns that need adjusting in order to reach our desired personal best. And, yes, change is part of the improvement to ‘Building a Better You.’ It takes courage to change life habits to which you’ve been accustomed. Maybe you have lost your courage to change. How do you get your swagger back, otherwise known as your confidence or courage? First, start with dissolving one really misunderstood myth in life. This self-limiting belief is the beginning of a ‘lesser you,’ and it affects all of the others: I’m not good enough. This is clearly the ‘bullet’ that is used by others (and accepted by you) to shoot down your purpose in life. This is the basic premise that causes feelings of inferiority and inadequacy. We accept that other people are better than we are just because, at the moment, they are doing better. We feel that they must be worth more than us. Therefore, we must be worth less. This feeling of inadequacy can become planted deep within your mind. Always remember, what is seeded in the mind, will take place in time, which results in selling yourself short in the game of life. You settle for less than you are truly capable of. Rather than fail at a new goal, you don’t even set to achieve it in the first place.
The first step that must be taken to ‘lean forward’ towards the Good Life is to remind yourself that, not only are you good enough, but you have the ability to be excellent in any area that is important to you. It is your ability to have the courage to make the change. For those of you who’ve ever played golf, you can relate to this example. When you first start playing, the game of golf can be humbling! But then, you have that shot. You know; the shot that gives you that peek into your potential. To find a better you, you must find a different way of thinking than ‘I’m not good enough.’ First, go out in life and take some BIG swings, and never stop swinging. Yes, practice makes perfect! If you do that (decide to improve, practice, train, and rehearse), life will reward you with some of those peaks into your true potential that lie within each and every one of us. I mean everyone. It’s like golf. When you stop swinging in life, you take away what is needed to find the courage to accept that ‘you’re not good enough’ is just a myth. It should never find its way back into your personal beliefs ever again. And I mean, never again.
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Bryan J. Dodge