It's time to live like you know you matter.
Be Empowered. We hear it, we say it, we are told to do it, and we are told that we are.
Do we actually understand it? Do we believe it? Or, more importantly, do we KNOW it?
There is a galaxy of difference between believing and knowing. You can believe in something and feel a particular way, or you can KNOW something and experience a powerful sensation that speaks to your mind, body, and soul.
The reality is that you are the only you there ever was and ever will be. A supremely unique and beautiful combination like no other on this planet. So, why don’t you really know it? It does not happen when someone else says it or tries to assure you that you are. It happens when you take a step, then another, and evolve into who you are destined to become.
Here's how to live like you matter.
Your heart is doing extraordinary work. Upon awakening from your sleep at the start of each day (or eve as your routine would have it), your heart is madly racing to pump blood throughout your being in order for you to function. Depending upon what you did the previous day and all of things your subconscious is queuing up, your mind is a whirlwind of activity.
Before actually getting out of bed, sit for one to two minutes. (No cringing – you can do this!) Allow your heart to do its job and your mind to settle. Sit, breathe, and allow yourself to wake up. No talking, no thinking. This technique is remarkable in that it actually prepares and stabilizes your entire being. Do this and you can shift the entire course of your day. Keep doing it, it shall change your life. That's one great way to live like you matter.
After your stillness, say “thank you.” Say “thank you” and mean it. Say “thank you” for all that YOU are. You are a gift and want to learn to say it like you KNOW you matter. Deep down, we all long to hear this, but it will not have staying power unless we have the courage to know it ourselves.
As you are getting ready, look at yourself. Now, look beyond whatever you see staring at you in that mirror. See the interesting characteristics that are yours, and yours alone. Consider your humour, your thinking, your style, your dreams. These only belong to you, and there would be a massive hole in the world without you.
You are making choices nearly every waking moment (and based upon the type of dreams, some of us are doing so in our sleep). The decisions that you make - what you say and do - have a significant impact in this world. Everywhere you go, everyone you meet is affected by you. You may not always see this and you may not necessarily see it when you think you should or want to. The fact is your presence and how you choose to interact is leaving a lasting impression. You are an example and someone is thinking of you and being grateful for having crossed paths with you.
It is extremely important to be gentle with ourselves. Far too often we tend to make a poor decision, or a word or action that did not quite go as we hoped it would. Learn from this and with each new day, ask yourself, “What can I do differently?” Each day is a new canvas and each moment can be too, if you stop trying to punish yourself instead of learning from it.
Knowing you matter is not a free pass to behave irresponsibly. It is not a license to act or speak in an inappropriate fashion. And, it certainly is not an authorization to be conceited or take a shot at the risk of hurting another. You can easily make your point by exhibiting your many gifts, skills, abilities...in other words, class.
As you learn to move from believing to knowing, you are developing a confidence that is positive, attractive, and shall guide you throughout your entire life. Please pass it on and encourage and share with others that they may grow too.
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