Over the course of the next few months, I’m going to be doing a series on “Uncovering the Hidden Gems in Your Life and Business.” The first topic in my new series is how to embrace what makes you unique! So enjoy!
Embrace What Makes You Unique!
1. Make It a Part of Your Identity
It is important to remember to embrace what makes you unique and make it a part of your identity. No two people are exactly the same, so why not make use of the traits that set you apart from others? This is especially important in your brand!
It can be anything from physical features, talents or hobbies, individual values and beliefs or a combination of multiple aspects.
Embrace these things and learn to love yourself for who you are.
This is exactly how I start all my branding courses, including the Family Economy curriculum because it’s the foundation of your business and your life. When you have an idea of what makes you tick, what your passions are, your goals, your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, and so much more you will have clarity on your brand and most of all your LIFE!
Think of it as reverse engineering your life. I got that idea from a marketer I follow for architects, Richard Petrie, and I love it! I’ve been doing this since I was in my twenties when I stumbled upon the 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. That’s why in my courses and many of my products like the planner I created I keep the end in mind and work backwards from there. That’s actually how I live my life.
2. Learn to Accept Your Own Unique Qualities
Learning to accept your own unique qualities is the first step toward self-love and appreciation. It allows you to take pride in yourself and show others what makes you special in a positive way. Owning up to your individuality can also give you more confidence when interacting with others or facing any challenges that arise in life.
And I carry it a step further than this. I deeply believe that I need to rely on God’s love to help me embrace the unique qualities He gave me. I have GOD CONFIDENCE because He made me and HE BELIEVES IN ME. But I’m not the only one. He MADE YOU and HE MADE YOU TO BE UNIQUE!
3. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.
It’s important not to compare yourself too much with others around you either negatively or positively; being different isn’t better than anyone else’s qualities but rather an opportunity for personal growth and development which will help create character development over time if pursued diligently enough.
There will always be somebody better at what you do and there will always be somebody worse at what you do. Truly, the only competition is yourself. Work on improving YOU rather than worrying about what others are doing.
And remember progress is more important than perfection. In fact, perfectionism is your enemy and it will lead to procrastination!
4. Explore Various Activities and Interests
Exploring various activities and interests will also give room for discovering new abilities within yourself which could bring about feelings of joy and contentment. When doing something you love, it increases self-esteem by achieving goals no matter how small they may be!
Achieving this level of acceptance can be difficult at first but with patience, practice, and dedication it is definitely attainable.
And remember, go back to God and His acceptance of you. Never forget that! You already have an A+ even before you took the test! So think about it–if you knew that you could not fail, then how would that change your willingness to take risks?
This is another area where I love to give encouragement, especially to homeschooling moms of teens. It’s so important to cultivate and hone your talents and skills. Whether that means you try an art class, a blogging course, or purchase a new camera to play around with, you will discover new things about yourself and find growth and fulfillment. This is also an important process for your children.
5. Embrace Your Quirks
We all have our quirks that can make us stand out from the crowd in one way or another. Embracing them rather than hiding them away could lead you toward living life more authentically while feeling confident along the journey!
I learned this long ago. When I was a teenager, I thought I had to fit in. That didn’t work well at all and I made a lot of mistakes. Years later when I became a mother, I didn’t feel like a fit in with the other mom’s of my son’s school as I was a work at home mom. That felt doubly awkward when I became a homeschooling mother. But in the business world, I didn’t fit in because I was a homeschooling mother.
So I gave up trying. I decided it’s better to stand out than fit in!
The key is knowing how worthful your differences are instead of trying hard fit into existing standards and norms dictated by society.
So embrace what makes YOU unique and you will discover the hidden gem in you!
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