Well hello there, you peculiar treasures!
It's Monday again already and it's time to embrace early mornings, fresh coffee, and a little bit of Mug-spiration!
If you haven't noticed yet, I love showing my own weirdness. I love creating my own words, embracing my own humor, and being okay with my own peculiarities.
I already liked those things, but recently I have been taking an ecourse that came in The Genius Blogger Toolkit by Allison Mitchell of Wonderlass. It's called "Rave" and it's all about learning to be yourself and creating a brand or business that attracts true, loyal fans. Allison makes me want to rock my weirdness even more than I have wanted to in the past, and she has started helping me realize that it really is okay to do that.
If you get my newsletter, then you already know how much I am enjoying Allison's course. And *shameless plug* if you don't get my newsletter, you are missin' out!
Anywhooo, as I have been thinking about the whole concept of being myself and embracing my own oddities, I have also thought about how our quirks and individuality can be used to make a wonderful impact on the world. Don't get what I mean? Keep reading!
Your Influence Will Be Higher QualityIf you are anything like me, you are probably scared that being fully yourself will alienate those who can't relate to you. Maybe you've realized that not everyone is going to like you, so you try to figure out a way to please the masses.
But the thing about that method is that not only will you never be able to please everyone, but you will also end up gypping those who would have greatly benefited from your influence.
But if we choose to be ourselves and let God use our quirks and unique personalities to bless those around us, we will start to be more beneficial to the one's God has placed in our lives for a reason. Sure, we may lose some of the people who liked us better when we weren't ourselves, but we probably wouldn't have influenced them anyway.
You Won't Have to Worry About AuthenticityI think sometimes, we truly desire to be authentic, but we are so worried that people won't like us that we are only half-authentic without even realizing it. We are scared that if we don't sit in the middle of the road, we won't influence enough people. But as we already discussed, we'll end up influencing less people if no one feels that they can fully relate to us. But if we start rocking our weirdness and truly being ourselves, we won't have to constantly wonder if we are being authentic. It will just come naturally.
You Will See Yourself More ClearlyWhen we learn to be ourselves, we start to see ourselves for who we really are- the good, the bad, and the ugly. And as scary as that can be, it's also freeing because it helps us become self-aware and helps us give to God things that we never even realized were happening within ourselves. It may sound odd, but learning to be ourselves on a daily basis continues to increase our self-awareness and helps us grow as individuals and as Christians.
I hope that you will start thinking on your own qualities, and sort through which ones may actually be positive attributes. Think of how you can use them to influence others towards good and godly things. It's true that we will find some of our quirks to be negative, and some to be neutral, but we will also find some that are positive and we need to start using those well instead of just letting them sit idly by.
Do you have any peculiar qualities that you could start using for the good of others? Comment below.