As I was checking out at the grocery store the other day, I saw People Magazine with a cover of Melissa McCarthy. The caption under her photo read, ‘Life Is Short. Just Be Yourself.’ Of course, I picked up the magazine to read her thoughts on this topic.
In reading the article, I found Melissa’s message is mostly to her two daughters and to anyone else struggling to fit in. She talks about how every person has those moments of worry about what others think of you. I would add that we also have those moments of worry over what we even think of ourselves. Everyone, at one time or another, has questioned whether or not who we are is good enough... good enough to be loved, to get a job, to succeed in life, etc.
The answer, by the way, is YES! You are special, unique, one-of-a kind and you have massive potential.
The Supercharge Your Strengths Course is about identifying what makes you unique, how your mind is naturally wired, what areas interest you and keep your attention, what comes naturally to you and then to make sure you are building on that, growing your natural tendencies so that you can apply them intentionally toward achieving whatever you want.
It’s not about changing the core of who you are, it’s about becoming the best version of yourself.
There have been countless studies, white papers, books, etc. on the impact of people being true to oneself or as some refer to it...being authentic. It is widely considered a cornerstone of mental health and impacts self-esteem, vitality, general well-being and coping skills.
The author of Yoga and the Quest for the True Self, Stephen Cope, says, "People feel profoundly like they're not living from who they really are, their authentic self, their deepest possibility in the world. The result is a sense of near-desperation."
I love that Melissa McCarthy brings the light, the humor and kindness to this topic. She is also someone who has created an amazing career out of being herself. Let me leave you with her words…
“I'm so overwhelmingly inspired when I see somebody in a store or in a restaurant who's completely who they are. Someone in a purple suit with a purple hat and purple shoes and do they drive a purple car? I'm like, 'Good on ya!' How boring would it be if we were all the same? We’re drawn to each other because of all our weird, unexplainable character quirks. Life is short. Just be yourself.”
Spread the word,