I haven’t been blogging as much as I really would like to be lately, but LIFE has been HAPPENING y’all!!! And that’s OK!! There are only so many hours in a day and I’m at a point in my life where I can honestly say I will embrace as much as I can do/get done/achieve in a day….and the rest?? It can wait 🙂
Recently a good friend of mine, fellow blogger, and fitness rockstar, Stephanie Howe, discussed the idea of guest blogging for each other. I was beyond excited when she emailed her post to me the other day, because not only did I know it was going to be awesome before I read it, but I knew it would contain something for the soul – food for thought, if you will!! Her post below is all about perception and the way other people view you. Did it instantly get my wheels turning?? Yep!! Sure did.
I was impressed by Steph and her drive from the minute I met her – she is a go-getter for sure!! She is confident, creative, and I admire her innate ability to connect people through fitness, particularly group fitness! But one of the things I love most about Stephanie, is her way with words. Her ability to deliver a message is so good, that it leaves you wanting more of what she’s got to offer!! Not only has she helped me grow on my fitness journey (physically), but through her continued ability to motivate and inspire, she has stimulated personal/mental growth in me as well.
SOOOO…..before you read on, take a moment to think – How do you think people view you?? How do you view yourself?? ::
“Kelsey asked me to write a guest post for her blog and I gladly accepted! But I had to wait until inspiration hit…I tend to write as a way to get my thoughts out. This week, as I was confronted with the knowledge of how others see me, I was thinking and it reminded me of my girl Kelsey. I mean look at her. She screams “fierce”, right?! Who wouldn’t be intimidated by that? Until you talk to her. Then you realize that she’s the sweetest, most encouraging, most real human being in the world. She’s just like the rest of us….except with a lot more muscle!
Isn’t it strange to hear how you are perceived by others? I was recently told by someone I really respect that I come across as extremely confident and therefore I intimidate people. I wasn’t sure what to make of that observation about myself. At first I felt bad. Was I doing something wrong? Am I lacking some serious self-awareness? Should I be trying to fix this? I wasn’t sure.
Being so aware of all my insecurities, I would never use the words “extremely confident” or “intimidating” to describe myself. I know too much about what goes on in my head!! Ha! It certainly isn’t my intention to come across this way. I’m just really good at being myself.
So that’s what I decided about it in the end. I can’t fix the way I’m perceived. I can only keep doing my thing and showing up as myself. I’ll embrace who I am because more often than not, I like who I am.
- I don’t start fights but I’ll assert myself when I feel it’s necessary. I’m not afraid to voice my opinion.
- I know what I want and what I don’t want. I don’t always follow the crowd.
- I’ll move heaven and earth when I really want to make something happen.
- I’m in constant pursuit of being better than before, in every way possible.
- I believe in my ability to do hard or scary things even when I don’t feel entirely ready or prepared – because I’ve proven it to myself time and time again.
- I’m self confident, not because I think I’m perfect (on the contrary!) but because I know I’ll never be. My confidence is tied to something way deeper than outward appearances and as long as I’m progressing towards my potential and not moving backwards, I feel self assured.
So if you’re someone who gets labeled this way or in ANY other way – don’t let it bother you. It’s not our responsibility to explain ourselves to others! They’ll figure it out. As long as you are not hurting anyone, embrace those unique qualities you have. Because when people look deeper they’ll find an open, genuine and amazing person and they’ll respect and admire your inability to be anything less than who YOU are!”
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