November 28, 2012 in Creating Simple Living
I know this is a minimalist and simple living site but I have been reminded from several angles just how important this is to anything we try to do with our lives.
You are truly amazing!
I have been reminded how important that belief in oneself is to any kind of life change or accomplishment. Talent and courage play a part, but way to often people don’t believe in themselves enough to try.
Do you know of someone who could be so much more than they are? Are they talented with something but don’t have the confidence to go for it? Do they think they don’t deserve to be a friend or be part of a team?
It is often easier to see these things in others, but do you struggle with this as well?
If you looked at yourself from the outside (not easy to do) are there things that you could/would be doing if you believed in yourself?
As people, we are all very similar. We may look different than each other or have different talents, but for the most part we are all the same. It is when we believe that others are much better or worse than us that we run into trouble. People are people. People are valuable. People all have potential. People aren’t perfect.
Unless you’re dead you have something you can offer the world. (tweet this) Nothing anyone said in the past about you or ways you were treated have to define the way you live now. No mistakes or missed opportunities in the past have to dictate where you are going to go now. You don’t have to explain or justify anything.
- If you believed you were amazing and had potential how would it change your life?
- If you believed that a failure wouldn’t be held against you and that you would be able to try again what would you do?
Changes toward minimalism or any other change in life is hard because it is against the norm. However, if you believe in your value and your own judgement you can make these choices even though others don’t agree with them.
But if you don’t believe that you can trust your own decisions and look to others to let you know if you are valuable you won’t have the courage to make these life changes. On top of that, it becomes a guilty burden that further decreases your belief in yourself for failing at another thing.
So I don’t care if you become a minimalist or ever make the change to simple living (though I think it rocks and would love to help you). What I care about is that I can live in a world where people believe they have value.
Because people who can see their value are the ones that can lead change, they aren’t afraid to think outside the box, they are willing to learn and try things. They are also people who will build others up and encourage them because they realize that life isn’t a competition and that everyone can win.
You have value. The world needs you and your ideas. It is okay if they are different. Only you can decide where you will take your life from here, no one in your past has that power.
I will get back to minimalist and simple living ideas I just really wanted to share this because it was on my heart. It seems a foundational issue to many people struggling with these minimalist concepts.