Are you waiting for someone to discover you? Or to see, recognise
or acknowledge your value or true worth?
Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this but, it doesn’t work that
There’s only one person who can unlock a magic door for you
and that person is…..yours truly.
How? By owning up and commiting to your immense, incredible
Here’s an example of what I mean:
When I was in the bushveld recently I met a young African woman
She works as a cleaner although she’s passed her university entrance
exams with good grades and hopes to one day become a lawyer.
I asked Pretty what her real name was and she said “Bothle”.
Needless to say I was shocked.
Because Bothle doesn’t mean “Pretty”. It means “Beauty” or
“Beautiful” in quite a few African languages.
Who had translated her name so inappropriately and why?
And how was she ever going to be taken seriously as a lawyer with a
name like “Pretty”?
What’s the difference?
Pretty aims to please others and be socially acceptable.
Beauty doesn’t aim to please anyone. It just is.
There’s a massive gulf between these two words.
And this is the exact gulf each of us has to jump
in this lifetime if we wish to reach our full potential.
Each of us to learn to take our full potential seriously
even if others might snigger or frown.
Or even worse, turn their backs.
Will Pretty ever find the courage to insist on being called
her rightful name?
How about you? Are you making yourself less in order to please,
or keep the peace,
or not offend others
or not appear too full of yourself?
Are you settling for far less than your full potential
just to keep others happy?
Here’s an exercise, originally from Louise Hay but recommended
too by Cheryl Richardson, author of “The Art of Extreme Self Care”:
Every time you see a mirror, look deeply into your eyes and say
“I love you…”
Try this exercise every day for the next few weeks.
If it doesn’t totally transform your life, come have your hands read.
Your hands are accurate mirrors of your incredible potential.
I’d like to help you wake up to the magnificence of who you really are.
You’re beautiful. Shine.