To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Have you ever found yourself in the self-help aisle of a bookstore, pondering titles that promise to give us a glimpse into exactly who we might be? Or what we need to do to achieve greatness? Or maybe you clicked on that link in your email, the one that lured you in with a headlining article promising to list out 5 things successful people do every day, so that you can too! What is it about the promise to help us become something - or even someone - else that we are so attracted to?
To be sure, we have all experienced times in which we wished that there was someone to guide us through difficult times, or to advise us during a tough decision, and by no means is there a shortage of profound and helpful advice out in the world. But there is also a profusion of nonconstructive and even hurtful information lurking if we are willing to become victims to its narrative which, all too often, is one that tells us we are not enough. Our best recourse? Uncover the abundance that already resides within.
Every time we choose to focus on strengthening our roots, we increase our capacity to draw from our own source of power. When we learn how to use to the dig and drag action of our feet to light up the posterior chain, we are readying ourselves for action. By using our roots to help us stand tall, we are telling the world that we are ready. That while all of us can use guidance from time to time, we already know where the best of us resides. And that by being ourselves in a world that wants to make us something else is one of our greatest accomplishments.
I’ll see you on your mats!