Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.―Aristotle
In a society that constantly encourages us to seek validation outside of ourselves whether it is hundreds of likes on Instagram or hoping to connect with someone on Linkedin it is easy to get caught up in the approval of others.
For the majority of my life, I depended on others to confirm my sense of self-worth. I constantly craved approval and attention , thinking that a consistent stream of validation would validate my self-worth.
Recently I heard from my pastor Steven Furtick he said “If you live on compliments then you will die on criticism”
If we are happy when we get the likes and disappointed when we don’t , then our self-worth will always be based on the opinions of others.
It wasn't until I gave up my need for validation outside of myself that I began uncovering my own needs and living my life as my authentic self.
When we let go of the false identity (EGO.. edging god out)your authentic self will emerge.
It can be challenging to step into a true place of authenticity but that is truly where self-confidence and self-worth begins.
As you get to know yourself ,accept who you are and your purpose for being here ,you will find that you do not need the approval of others and that your validation will come from a different source .
Suddenly your burdens will become newfound blessings and challenges will be opportunities .
You will become more confident, you will understand your purpose, and you will make a bigger impact on the world.
Spend quiet time with yourself reconnect with your source, do what lights you up, spend time with people that uplift you and stop comparing your life journey.This world needs the real you... your gifts , your strengths and your authentic voice.