[vimeo id="80837308"] A few days ago, I ran across one of the most discouraging statistics I’ve ever read in a post by Charisma Magazine. The article talked about the lies we tell ourselves. Here are the statistics that stood out to me:
“Psychologists tell us that the average person speaks 40,000 to 50,000 things to himself daily, 70 percent or more of which are negative.”
That means on an average day, we tell ourselves over 28,000 negative ideas. If someone said 28 negative things to us in one day, we wouldn’t put up with it. But when it comes to ourselves, we can multiply that number by 1,000 and still not do anything about it.
In a world where 70 percent of the thoughts we tell ourselves are negative, here are a few things you need to know about yourself:
1. You are special. Not just because someone else told you so. You are special because you were created to solve a specific problem in the world. It is our job to uncover that task and move toward our divine destiny. We do that by enduring the process of change.
2. You have a purpose. Purpose is more than a personal mission statement or individual’s goals and objectives. Living with purpose means we understand our lives have meaning and significance beyond the temporary things of this world.
3. You have a divine destiny. You may think you don’t have anything special to give the world. Nothing could be further from the truth! I’m reminded of that when I sit down with people and listen to how they are working through this process in their own lives. The sad truth is most people don’t see what I see. But once they finally do, their entire posture toward life changes.
4. You need to move. The process of discovering our divine design is constantly in motion in our lives. We are either beginning the process, in the middle of the process, or completing the process. If you’re not aware of what’s going on around you or within you, find some time to break away from your routine and spend some time in personal reflection. We were created to accomplish something. If you’re feeling discouraged about your current situation, action is the only thing that will create change.
There is only one of you in the world. An artist doesn’t duplicate his or her work. Each piece is unique and different. In the same way, you are unique and different. Be proud of that. You matter—just as you are. But the Artist won’t leave you like you are today, either. Remember, it is the Artist, not the canvas, who sees the big picture.
What are some ways you remind yourself that you matter?