· By Case Kenny
The life changing power of being "you"
It’s not who you are that’s holding you back, it's who you think you are not.
Let that sink in... It’s not who you are that’s holding you back, it's who you think you are not.
The simple fact of the matter is we cannot continue to wait. We cannot wait for the perfect day, the perfect context, the perfect relationship, the perfect job to finally be happy enough with who we are and what we have to offer… to decide to put it out into the world.
You cannot continue to NOT show up as who you are TODAY.
- You cannot wait until you’ve reached some vague level of growth.
- You cannot wait until you’ve checked all the boxes you’ve set for yourself.
- You cannot wait until you’ve finally become like that person you’ve always looked up to.
You cannot wait until you become who you want to be.
I know that sounds cheesy but in your life there are things you didn’t do, words you didn’t speak, changes you didn’t make, risks you didn’t take… simply because you didn’t think you were who you needed to be.
You didn’t step forward in your life because you thought you weren’t ready... because you thought you were lacking the confidence, the charisma, the success, the charm.
In your mind, you weren’t ready because you hadn’t yet become the person you’ve been working so hard to become… and so you put off acting.
It’s time to simply be who you are today. With what you have TODAY. With how you act, think and feel TODAY. It’s time to step into that person and stop thinking about who you are not.
There has never been a better time to believe in who you are right now. In what you have to offer right now.
Step into who you are today and let the world see it.
- Date as you are right now.
- Create as you are right now.
- Ask for what you want as you are right now.
- Make decisions for who you are right now.
That is what it means to be YOU.
It means looking past who you were and stop obsessing over who you want to be… and instead step into you as you are TODAY. Life changes when you do this… and it’s worth the risk.
When you step into who you are today… you start living for today and that makes all the difference.
You recognize that you have this amazing opportunity that lives in the present… not the future where you’ve been envisioning your best self and your best life and certainly not in the past with the former self you’ve already outgrown.
In the present you can do so much with who you are and what you have to offer.
You can tell that person how you really feel. You can change your mind about your career. You can let go of your past. You can start over. You can do that with both energy and peace because you no longer stop yourself from moving forward because you're not who you want to be yet.
The more you step into who you are today... the more you grow.
It’s actually ironic how that works. The more you let go of this image of who you need to be and the person you want to be like... and the more you simply step into who you are now - insecurities, doubt and all - the more you actually grow.
So step into who you are today.
Be THAT person. Don’t wait for yourself to become the ideal version of YOU. That will come. Embrace who you are and demand the life you deserve.
Recognize that it’s OK to not be who you want to be yet. That doesn’t mean you have nothing to offer and it doesn’t mean you have anything to hide.
It simply means you have work to do but in the meantime you’re going to step out and show the world what you’ve got today… and you’re going to be fine with its reaction no matter what.