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  • Terry Latham

Embrace Your Unique Self

Setting goals is an essential part of personal and professional development. However, it's easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others' successes and tearing ourselves down in the process. If you took the strengths of others, and compared them to your weaknesses, how do you think you’d size up? And do you think this would make you feel good?


The funny thing is, this is what most of us do at one time or another — and some of us do pretty often. Here are 4 things to help you embrace your unique self:

  1. Focus on your own journey: The first step in setting goals without tearing yourself down is to focus on your own journey. Everyone has their own unique path, and it's essential to remember that success looks different for everyone. Instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own progress and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small.

  2. Set realistic goals: Another way to set goals without tearing yourself down is to set realistic goals. When you set goals that are too lofty or unattainable, you're setting yourself up for failure. Instead, set goals that are challenging but achievable. This way, you'll be more likely to succeed and avoid the negative self-talk that comes with failure.

  3. Measure your consistency: To stay motivated and on track, it's important to measure your consistency. This allows you to see how far you've come and to adjust your output. Focus on YOUR output not your outcome.

  4. Practice self-compassion: Finally, when setting goals, it's important to practice self-compassion. Instead of tearing yourself down when you fail, offer yourself the same compassion and support that you would offer a friend. Remember that setbacks and failures are a natural part of the journey towards achieving your goals, and they don't define your worth or value.



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