Sunday, 3 January 2010

How to Reclaim Your True Individuality


Image thanks to yyellowbird

“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
e.e. cummings

Do you feel truly individual? Sometimes it can be difficult to see your own individuality when you are constantly bombarded with exterior influences.

We often forget simply to be happy being who we are. After all, we will only ever be ourselves, so why not channel our energy into making the best of that self, rather than complaining and striving to be like somebody else?

If you abandon yourself and endeavour to be a prescriptive self (someone that somebody tells you to be) you are missing the most vital element of individuality: self-understanding, and you are setting yourself up for failure. True individuality thrives on self-understanding, and we’ve already made steps towards that with our first two exercises.

The mindset to achieve for true individuality is that of privilege, excitement and joy at just being you.Your individuality is your most important and treasured commodity in the quest for your amazing life, so reclaim it, revel in it, be it as fully and as magnificently as possible.

Remember, your individuality belongs to you; it is not to be handed to you out of the pages of a magazine, or across the television. Your individuality is you, just as you are, right now. Take it back!

Summary:

♥ Be happy as yourself; channel your energies into being better, not different.
♥ Individuality thrives on self-understanding.
♥ Remember that it is a blessing, not a burden, to be who you are.
♥ Don’t let a gift as precious as your individuality be taken away from you; reclaim it.


Homework:

♥ Gain self-understanding; spend a day with yourself.

Well, don’t I do that every day? Of course you do, the difference here is to spend a conscious day with yourself, not an average auto-pilot day. Be aware of your thoughts, your cravings, your talents, your motives, your ambitions, your agendas, your triumphs, your ideas, your thrills and your spills.

Be an observer of all your own actions, whatever you’re doing, even if it is a completely average day. Keep your journal with you and make notes throughout the day. At the end of the day, rationalise ten truly individual and amazing qualities you have noticed about yourself (you can, of course, write more than ten if you wish!) See my example:



Be empowered by these qualities, they are yours, right now, and it is in your power to utilise them. Think about how you can better use these qualities to strive for more out of life. I really enjoyed this exercise and found it incredibly encouraging, so even if you haven’t joined in so far, I really recommend you have a go.

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4 comments:

colormekatie said...

This is a great post!

Britta Kirk said...

just want to say that its awesome you're doing this series!

I tweet about it at my inspirational twitter @inkblotbits!

its lovely

sandraaa_xo said...

i love this post, very inspiring :)

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

This was pretty hard for me...firstof all I have a problem with being in the present, and also because it was hard to keep my observations of me from being really critical. But in the end I did manage to find my special qualities.

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