You Are What You Believe Yourself To Be

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 26 October 2020
You Are What You Believe Yourself To Be
"Being mediocre has become the new measurement of failure," writes Mark Manson in his book The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F**k. If you don't know him, Mark is a superstar blogger, and his book is on the list of New York Times bestsellers.
There is a lot of noise lately about this issue and of course a wide range of opinions. How do you feel about that? Do you think that if a person accepts their mediocrity, they will not achieve anything in life? Or are you one of those people who will use mediocrity as a springboard to strive for something better? By mediocrity, I mean being good enough. Are people that are merely good enough not valuable; are they doomed to failure?
Think of the people around you, those you hang out with. Think of your children. What advice would you give them? Does one have to be famous to become great and be admired? Only then is it worth it? Don't get me wrong. I do not mean that we should not try or that we should not step out of our safety zone, nor do I question the great minds and the impressive human achievements. But I believe what a good friend of mine says about herself: "I am unique! As is the case with every one of us!"
When my self-esteem is high, I know that I have both positive and negative traits in my character. It means that I can level with my negatives traits and personal limitations, accept them, and face them without rolling my eyes. It means I make an effort to improve myself. Then yes, I believe I'm a valuable human being and can appreciate simple things like a good book, a pleasant walk in nature, friendship, or helping someone in need.
People need this "special gift" that every one of us possesses. Have you found what yours is?


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