Daily Blog #350
Obstacles are going to come and go all throughout the course of your life. They are going to test your will, they are going to test your strength, and they are going to test your willingness to never give up when the going gets tough. Are there going to be times where you feel down on yourself? Absolutely! But the truth is, you are good enough to achieve anything you wish to achieve. You just need to be willing to believe that you are.
Being accepted is something that I have always struggled with.
I used to feel that like I had to please every other person around me and only then would I be happy with the person that I was. The way I dressed, the way I acted, the things I was “passionate” about were all controlled by the beliefs and approval of others.
It got to the point where I quickly became my own worst enemy. I remember the days where I would beat myself up because I wasn’t being accepted by those who acceptance I sought. Not only did I beat myself up mentally, but I did physically as well.
I just simply never felt like I was good enough. I was too fat, too weak, and incapable of achieving anything worth achieving. To compensate for the fallacies that filled my head, I would starve myself so that I would lose weight, I would hit myself to become “tougher,” and I would only pursue a goal if that goal was going to result in me being liked by others.
While none of these examples are things that I am not proud of, I also realize that I can’t change the past. But what I can do, is I can prevent that from happening in the future both in my life and in the lives of others. How? By telling you the truth. By telling you that no matter what obstacle or what roadblock you face in life, you are good enough and you have the strength to achieve greatness.
All of the things that I used to beat myself up over were flat out lies.
Lies that I had constructed in my mind, and lies that I was told by others. I wasn’t too fat, I wasn’t too weak, and I wasn’t incapable of achieving any level of success. I was just me. And while I didn’t know it at the time, just being me is more than good enough. I now see that being the unique individual that I am is the best part of my life.
The thing is, people are always going to have an opinion for what it is that you should be doing with your life, but their opinion doesn’t make them right. The only opinion that matters when it comes to your life and the way you chose to live, is your own.
This doesn’t mean that life is always going to be perfect, because it won’t be.
There are going to be times in life when we are going to feel down, there are going to be times when we feel like life itself is just too difficult, and there are going to be times when we don’t feel as if we are good enough. But you have to realize that despite all of the emotions you may be feeling, you are good enough. You are good enough to live the life that you dream of living, and you are strong enough to overcome any obstacle that stands in your way.
It took me twenty-five years to realize this, but the world in which we live in will only show us the same amount of respect that we are willing to show ourselves. If we don’t believe that we are good enough, then why would we expect anything good in life to come to us? But when we listen to the truth, the truth that we are good enough, only then will we start to achieve the things that we want to accomplish and live the life that we envision ourselves living.
You are good enough!
Take all of this from somebody who has experienced a significant amount of self-doubt over the course of their life. You are good enough to achieve any goal that you set out to achieve. You are good enough to live the life that you deserve to live. And you are good enough just by being the individual that you already are. Whatever you do, never let anybody else tell you otherwise.