Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
~Malcolm S. Forbes
For some reason we often place a lot of emphasis on what we are lacking. While some people think that should motivate them to change or to become what they are lacking, it usually doesn't work that way. It is more important to accept and value what you are. After all, you are unique in all the world, and although you may not be quite what you want to be--yet--you cannot become that desired person until you really value who and what you already are.
This week: Spend some time focusing your attention on what you are, as opposed to what you are not. Appreciate yourself. Notice those things that you value about yourself. Treasure your idiosyncracies. If you have trouble doing this, ask a close friend or loved one what they value about you. This allows you to see the value that you bring to others. Understand that you don't have to be perfect to bring value to the world.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people find their inner resources--those resources they may have buried inside. By connecting with your inner resources, you can solve your life's challenges and live lives of meaning and authenticity. For more information go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ . Check out her self-help CD audio and workbook: Discover Your Life's Purpose: 7 Steps to a Life of Meaning & Authenticity.