When we hear from parents or teachers that we’re not meeting their standards, compare ourselves against others, or talk down to and about ourselves, it’s easy to fall into the mindset that we as a person are not worthy. Not worthy of love, of belonging, of success or accomplishment. These thoughts are unhelpful and untrue. Here is a list created by Shelby Sever and originally posted on Thought Catalog of 10 reasons why you are good enough.
You are good enough because you were chosen to exist. Whether by God or Buddha or whatever you do (or don’t) place your faith in, you are here. You have a purpose and you should try to understand what it is.
You are good enough because you have something no one else has to offer. A killer smile, an affinity for baking, excellent math skills — whatever your specialty might be, you’ve got something no one else can compare to.
You are good enough because you make big mistakes. Huge ones. And that’s awesome because it gives you the chance to become better. And you choose to take it.
You are good enough because someone out there loves you. You might not think so all the time, but they do. Perhaps they should tell you that more, or perhaps you should listen when they choose to do so.
You are good enough because you have shown vulnerability that shakes you to your core. You have given someone a tender and precious part of yourself that you can’t get back. This shows more courage than anything else.
You are good enough because you let that person go that hurt you and chose to move forward in life. You understood that you were worth more than the way you were treated. You learned to move on.
You are good enough because even though you know you have to let go of some people, you also know there are some you have to continue to forgive. You’ve become aware of the people who need to stay in your life, and sometimes those are the ones that need more forgiveness than others.
You are good enough because you have let your emotions consume you at times. You’ve sat down and drowned in yourself and truly known what it means to be human.
You are good enough because you’ve watched the sunrise or listened to the wind blowing the leaves around and actually appreciated it. You know that there’s natural beauty that man just can’t recreate. You think outside of yourself.
You are good enough because though you may be in a rut right now, or maybe you’re just having a rough day, you know that things will get better. You have hope. You let the beauty of the brighter days ahead of you carry you on until you reach them.
For further inspiration and a challenging yet uplifting message, I encourage you to watch this video Worthiness – From Belief to Knowing from motivation speaker and YouTuber Preston Smiles.
OCCS offers an incredible workshop titled “I Am Enough” that explores internal worthiness and what that means. Our workshop allows you to view your experiences in a different light that brings you to a place of empowerment. Please contact us for more information about this opportunity to explore and understand what worthiness truly means to you.