By Danielle Downe, PLA Team leader
Pick up a mirror. Look at it. See that wonderful person staring back at you? That person is awesome. Believe me.
There are moments in life when you start to doubt that the person staring back at you is awesome, but it is true.
Example: Just the other day, I received some less-than-exciting news about potential options for me for next year. I was not enthused. I began to question my capabilities and basically convinced myself that I was worthless – in a span of less than a couple minutes. I even refused to have my support network convince me otherwise – when I went in to talk to my boss about the news, she told me that all I kept saying was “but this” and “well, it’s just that I can’t…” All I did was make up excuses for anything positive she had to say about me.
As one of my friends put it, “Others in life will continually try to put you down, so why help them do it?”
I guess, whether it’s a bad mark returned to us or an application being refused, we are so ready to belittle ourselves and underestimate our capabilities when, in fact, we should take these moments as prime opportunities to celebrate who we are and what we can achieve.
I’ve since had a couple of days to reflect on the bad news from last week. You know what? I was ridiculous. So I have a couple of obstacles to work around. Does this mean that I am not capable of making it to my end goals? No. Does the bad news somehow indicate that I am a useless failure who had no future and should probably go crawl into a hole? Definitely not.
I know that there are others like me out there, belittling themselves at any opportunity they get. When the next “belittlement” opportunity comes about, do yourself a favour and see the positive sides first. YOU are wonderful, talented and amazing. This little setback is just that – a little setback. It is not a reflection whatsoever of your talents or skills, but merely a slight obstacle which will add to your character and increase your strengths. Give yourself a pat on the back for putting yourself out there and trying. So, put a smile on that amazing face of yours, give yourself some love and get back up onto your feet. Awesomeness awaits!!