What if we tried to judge a hammer’s worth by its inability to trim hedges? Or what if we belittled the freezer’s inability to warm food? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, we sound just as crazy when we measure our own worth based on our shortcomings. Every person has strengths and limitations. If we focused on our inadequacies, it would be difficult to lead a healthy, productive, and successful life.

When we look at someone’s success, hardly ever does it cross our mind to stand in awe of how difficult it must have been to walk in that person’s shoes. Instead, we focus on how “easy” that person’s life must be, and how depressing our life is because we have not “made it”. Or we give “explanations” for why we have not accomplished just as much as someone else. How can we make these conclusions? On what basis is our logic?

We are just as valuable and important as the next person. Instead of measuring our worth against the lives of others, we should focus on discovering our purpose, and walking in it! Will it be easy? Probably not. Yet, it’s like the old saying goes, “Nothing worth having comes easily.” Therefore I challenge each of you to identify at least three positive things about yourself, and to create affirmations based on these strengths. Say them out loud every day for the next week. See how much this activity shifts your thinking. It doesn’t matter how much people around you believe in you; what really matters is how much you believe in yourself. When you start to believe in your worth despite your shortcomings, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!


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