Toledo Counseling Practice The Willow Center

BE YOU!!!!!!

Liza Simrell, LPCC-SWillow Wisdom

What stops you from being who YOU are? Is it societal pressure? Is it a lack of confidence in yourself? Is it someone you love holding you back?

There are many reasons people choose not to fully be who they are. Sometimes it is just growing up and not knowing what you want. Sometimes it is feeling pressure to conform to what society wants you to be. Sometimes it is a loved one who is telling you to be someone you are not or do something you don’t want to do. Sometimes you know who you are you just lack the confidence to be that person.

How do you BE YOU in today’s world? The first thing is to identify who you are/want to be. Here is the thing. You can’t be anyone else and no one can be you. Think about it, no one on this planet is the exact same as you. There is not one person who thinks like you, has the same personality, has the same level of abilities, has the same faith, has the same values, etc as you do. So the second thing, you must stop comparing yourself to others. You can’t be them and that is a fantastic thing, because you can BE YOU! Third is to embrace your personality, abilities, talents, and weaknesses. Lastly, focus on the positives of being you and not what other people may or may not think- will it really matter in a year? 5 years? No, what will matter is you regretting not being you because you were worried about what someone else thinks. NEWS FLASH: They do not have to live your life.

This is a process that can start little by little of you just BEING YOU!!!!