Why Be a First-Rate Version of Yourself.

This quote hit me today. As an actor, Judy Garland spent her life developing an accomplished skill to convincingly portray other people. And aren’t GREAT actors considered such because their spectators honestly BELIEVE their act? Just like the incredible portrayal by Renee Zellweger of this eponymous superstar in the biography of her life.

The thing is, pretending to be someone we are not might be a great skill to have in Hollywood, but not so much anywhere else. And so this quote got me thinking.

I think most of us naturally intuit how easy social media makes it to present a manufactured version of who we want others to believe we are.  It’s just so much easier to pretend online.  

KEY:  When we habitually PRETEND to be someone we’re not, it gives rise to the false belief that who we ACTUALLY are is somehow a MISTAKE, and that it’s NOT actually who we are supposed to be. 

This is living from a place famous shame researcher Brené Brown calls scarcity.

If you relate to pretending, if you see yourself coming from fear and scarcity, then I invite you to begin to begin to practice radical self-acceptance from the framework “Think to Empower Change.” 

In a nutshell, practicing radical self-acceptance mind self compassion with true gratitude for one’s own strengths and talents.  (If you don’t know what those are, I would be happy to help you do some serious self-discovery.) 

Practicing radical self-acceptance naturally gives rise to cultivating true beliefs about who we are and what we are meant to move toward and become.  The Lord gives me this graciousness for myself as I empower change in my life through continuously cultivating true beliefs and rejecting false ones in order to be the truest version of myself possible on any given day.  I do this for myself and the people I love in order to love those people even better.    

Don’t you long to stop acting out a second-rate inauthentic version of who you want others to falsely believe you are, just so you feel for a moment in the comments that you might be enough for them?  Because to leave that and walk in becoming a first-rate version of you really are is 1) True freedom in Christ, 2) True love to those who need you most, and 3) True value to the spheres of influence you have. 


I love to chat about these things, so reach out if you relate, and want to learn more!  #thinktoempowerchange

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