Living TRU*

by lorikoop

in Mountain Views News

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(Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre published July 6, 2013)

On my office wall are the words “BE YOUrself.” My BIG message to the world. The mission of my life. Two little words to guide a lifetime of choices, for you and for me.

I knew it could be a challenging path to follow, but a colleague recently commented that it was scary. I had never considered that! He had grown up in a situation where there was intense pressure to conform: there was punishment for standing out, and praise for blending in. Every family teaches this to some degree. School certainly reinforces it. And at work, it is the team players that often get the biggest paychecks.

Yes, there are plenty of places we are asked to follow the pack. Required, even. While it is often safest to follow, it is sometimes necessary — and often empowering — to lead. To be courageous and stand right out there, as Ourselves. To use our uniqueness and passion for the reason it was given. To forge a road that is as individual as we are. This is true in business and in our lives. It’s one-of-a-kind-ness that make us like no other. Ever. It is what will help us make that difference!

As you have those essential self conversations, you discover your preferences, your passions and your pathway. It does take courage to stand up to peer pressure, to think for yourself, to do “what you want” instead of “what others want you to do.” It requires self confidence and determination. A connection to self that makes being YOUrself the most satisfying option. And, after awhile, it becomes the only option. Because it is the only place of peace.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ E. E. Cummings

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