01 Jun A quick thought on ‘Being Yourself’…
Last week my friend posted this photo on Instagram:
I laughed (my company is called THIS IS ME ha!), felt pity and then gleaned some insight. It’s true sometimes, isn’t it? Some people need to become everything other than who they’ve been being.
So, what’s going on?
The problem is, ‘Being yourself’ has two clear components we mistakenly mesh into one. When we express who we are, we are expressing not only our personality but also our character. When it comes to personality, you should always be yourself. Run with it! Be the most extraordinarily unique person on the planet, gosh darnit! But when it comes to your character, only be who your values say you are. Your values create a playing field for your personality. Like any sport, if there ain’t any rules, there’s no game, people! Otherwise, on a whim you might want to behave according to your feelings, an impulse, a carnal desire, and this is a recipe for disaster.
Always be yourself in personality, but refine the raw gift of your personality with your character. The development of your character will turn you into somebody you’re proud to call ‘yourself’.