One of the greatest pleasures in life is when you discover what your purpose is. Very few moments can compare to that time where you say, this is what I was born to do! Oh, if only that was enough; IT ISN'T!
With maturity I learned some of life's best lessons are learned during times of great struggles, challenges and defeats. Initially we think things would be great if everything just fell into place and we were able to reap bountifully. Yet, it is during the time of tribulation, perseverance and failure that we learn and develop our strength. Whether I am blessed to be in the company of successful giants or up and comers, one theme seems to reoccur: they don't perceive the depth of their greatness. Simply put . . .
. . . examine the graphic. Same person, same eyes but what a dramatic difference! Can you imagine the wardrobe selections of the two? I can see the eye on the left in jeans, sneakers and a simple shirt whereas the one of the right would select a fabulous hair do, beautiful dress, heels and all the accessories perfect for a night out on the town. What does this have to do with anything?
So many of us perceive ourselves as the eye on the left: ordinary, doing our job/a good job, comfortable and in the flow of things. We also make the mistake of thinking that everyone else sees us that way too. The reality is others see us as the eye on the right: fascinating, attention grabbing, bold, daring and worthy of any accolades and adornments we can find. Although dramatically different, both eyes belong to the same person which poses the following questions:
Now do you see the difference? Perception is everything and it starts with what you see when you look in the mirror. If you don't give yourself permission to be great, which was actually given to you when you were created, you will always live BELOW your potential and make less than an impact than you could. Want to enlarge your territory and expand your reach with your vision, business or brand? Enlarge your vision and perception of yourself first!
--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Host of Let’s Face It w/Wil Strayhorn and Friends on Blogtalkradio www.letsfaceitradio.com
Author of Sometimes all you have is Happy (available on Createspace, Amazon and Kindle)