By Roger Crawford
Last month, I was asked to speak in front of four thousand Boy Scouts at their Annual Expo. After my presentation, I met a young man I will never forget. He approached me with a big smile. He was wearing a Scout uniform that was a few sizes too big and looked to be around eight years old.
“Roger, my name is Gus, and I am a Wolf Cub. During your speech, you said you weren’t a Scout, but you could be,” he said.
Then, he explained: “You only need three fingers for the Scout Salute, so you have enough.”
Gus made my night, and his wisdom is something we all can be inspired by.
Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough or didn’t have enough to be successful? If you have developed negative beliefs about yourself and feel as if you don’t have what it takes, consider that the opposite may be true.
Perhaps, what is holding you back from realizing your potential is not something real, but something imagined. If you believe you have enough, it can take you from where you are to where you want to be.
Believing that you have enough doesn’t mean it’s not necessary to continually improve and grow. It means you believe you have the determination, drive, and discipline to turn your dreams into reality.
Here are three questions that can give you a fresh perspective and provide proof that you have enough:
1. Where have you been?
No one should live in the past. However, you can use the past as a reminder that you have enough. When you’re gripped by self-doubt, you are likely overemphasizing past failures and overlooking past successes.
You have many accomplishments to be proud of. You may have overcome obstacles in the past. By reliving those moments, it increases your self-belief and gives you the motivation to do more and be more in the future.
2. Who do you think you are?
The worst bully in life is typically inside us. This inner bully is the voice that says, “I can’t,” “Others are more talented,” “Why try?” or “I’ll just fail again.”
Whenever you have negative conclusions about yourself, you will subconsciously seek evidence to support these pessimistic beliefs. Most of our thinking is automatic so slowing down will help you pay more attention to your thoughts. This awareness helps you see you are more capable, intelligent and worthy that you give yourself credit for.
3. What makes you unique?
You have talents, skills, and abilities no one else has and that makes you extraordinary. People ask me, “Do you want to be someone else?” My response: “I know the handicaps I have. I don’t know what handicaps another person has. When we compare ourselves to others, we are looking at their exterior. We don’t see the interior.”
Take a step back this week and think about what you have to offer to the world. Your life experiences put you in a unique position. By celebrating your own gifts and seeing the true value of your strengths, you quickly recognize you have enough.
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