10K80 by Joshua Eferighe June 21, 2018
It’s easy to refer to someone else when tasked with envisioning our best life. It could be because we want to emulate the pathway of an idol we admire had taken or maybe we get too caught up on the next guy so we end up comparing ourselves to our peers.
Your max potential may not look like the person next to you or anything like your idol’s, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good enough or that it’s not better.
In fact, we handicap ourselves from innovation and unseen talent when become heavily fixated on others’ success. It’s when we cultivate the best of who we are that new greatness comes.
We’re all different yet we all can bring something equally great to the table. In order to do that we all need to know ourselves, double down on ourselves and have faith in ourselves. When we do this we peak as individuals and we leave a legacy of uniqueness that will inspire those after us.
Getting to know yourself is one of the easiest things to do yet it’s something a lot of us don’t ever try. Either we assume we know all there is to know about ourselves or we think what we do every day is enough to stay up to date on our development.
In reality, knowing yourself is a daily practice that one must intentionally do.
It’s one thing to be aware of the impact of your environment and it’s another to slow down, stop and process how that impact is changing you as a person.
Through journaling, therapy or conversations with friends, we can gain introspection in real-time, and become much more in tune with what we need for ourselves to respond the best.
If we want optimum output, it’s best we know what we need at all times.
To operate as our best self we must give ourselves permission to be our best self at all times. While by now I would hope you’ve learned what it takes to get that out of you, there are some who still mask their true selves in spite of it.
There are some who, after diving deep into the intimacies of who they are, find out that they’re one of a kind and then shrink in fear because of it.
History has shown what we as a people do to those that are different from us. We fear what we don’t understand. This is why it’s understandable when someone is at first unsure of themselves when they find that they’re not like anyone else.
But it’s for this very reason that we also call it brave when someone embraces their individuality.
In order to be the best whatever it is that you want to be, you must do it in a way that suits you the best. The less of yourself you compromise in pursuit of greatness, the greater mark you will leave.
The most important thing to remember when it comes to achieving the best version of yourself is simply trusting who you are.
If you know who you are and what you’re capable of, and you know how to set yourself up in the most advantageous situations, the only thing that’s left is timing.
We can have the first two keys but without faith, it all goes down the drain. Your own doubts can manifest and end up keeping you stuck in one place even if you have the assets to be further.
If you don’t believe in yourself you will never go far. You can’t live off of the validation of others and you can’t wait all day for someone’s stamp of approval.
Be the best version of yourself by betting on yourself; when you do you will see that how far you go is how far you see yourself going.