In this week’s earlier post about breaking our comparison habit on Facebook and Pinterest, we discussed the power of the statement that is not me. We walk around in our little worlds, and too often that thought is triggered because we think someone else is more together, more interesting, or more accomplished. But sometimes saying that is not me allows us to uncover our true priorities, passions, and calling. It opens the door to discovering what is truly important and what we were created to do with our lives.
It takes courage to look at your life and say these are the things I am good at, passionate about, or I want to try and work on. If you want to quickly make a conversation uncomfortable just ask someone what she is good at. We seem so hesitant to boldly claim are innate talents and gifts, and we mistake denial and self-deprecation for humility. Just as denying your natural abilities is not humility, choosing your priorities over someone else’s is not selfish. We have to learn to say “no” to some things so we can say “yes” to our gifts and passions.
When we let ourselves do what we are good at and what we love, we are living a priority focused life and we will be much less inclined to feel we need to be or live differently. When we know what makes us come alive, there will be a bigger “yes” burning inside us like a lighthouse guiding and directing our path.
Is your priority in life trying to be different than you are and always looking to others trying to be like them? Or is your priority naming and claiming your gifts, talents, and passions so you can live out your unique purpose?