I wanted to write a post about the pitfalls of external validation, about how crippling it can be to feel like you’re not good enough unless other people say you are.
But when I started writing, the message got jumbled.
I got into a whole bunch of tangents about the difference between seeking feedback and craving approval from others. About how people can have their own agenda and think nothing of offering harsh criticism only to claim they’re “just being honest.”
But as I grappled with the idea of external validation, I realized that the real message is much more simple.
While all critique may have its truth, it’s not as important as the more positive, life-changing truth:
You are enough.
I truly believe we all have gifts as varied and unique as we are. Each of us is in charge of our gifts and has a responsiblity to use them.
It may not seem like it, but you are enough.
You don’t need external validation, for someone else to say you’re good enough or to give her approval before you embrace your gift.
When we doubt we’re good enough and let someone else’s opinion drive our actions, we shirk our responsibility to our gifts.
You are enough.
Sure, you’re a work in progress. We all are.
Learn all you can. Develop your gifts. Build yourself up by trying new things. Be okay with failing. Live fearless.
You’ll need to be strong and determined to keep moving toward your dreams no matter what people say.
I’ll just say it again in case you forgot: You are enough.
They say the opposite of love is indifference and maybe in some forms of love that’s true. But when it comes to self-love and living your best life, I believe the opposite of love is fear.
Move past your fear and believe that you are enough.
Tuck the thought in your mind and in your heart and keep moving in the direction of your dreams.
For more reading on this idea, read How to ignore naysayers and other well-meaning people