Circumstances can cause you to question who you are.
A boss writes you a stinging performance review.
A reader leaves a bitter comment on your blog post.
A vocal audience member questions your authority in the middle of your presentation.
A publisher sends back your treasured manuscript with a crass note.
A spouse berates your manhood, or womanhood.
And you go from You, The Champion of the World, to
You, less than.
You, angry and off-balance.
You, the misfit.
- Hugh MacLeod (via)
I was reminded of that post from Hugh when talking to a rad colleague of mine a few months ago. We were talking about the difference between being guarded and being genuine – and if one could be both at the same time. My answer was no. To me, guarding oneself implies keeping part of you at bay. You, less than.
You, less than, is a lie.
Some may argue it to be true. After all, the part you are showing is 100% genuine. But 100% of your 70% is not fully you. Being genuine is being 100% you – weird freckles, strange habits, amazing talents and all.
Time to drop the excuse of why you’re you, less than. You were designed to be you, more than.
Pick of the post: Toni Braxton – Make My Heart (official music video)