If you are compromising, if you are settling, if you are self-rejecting, have one small positive thought this morning to change not only your whole day but also your whole life!
I started off my day with Tama Kieves’ thought that “You cannot settle for a half-life because it will hurt you more than no life. A half-life is no life for you, even while others praise your name. Approval won’t keep you alive for long when self-rejection lives in your bloodstream.” That pretty much says it all. You have to live your life! Why do we settle for doing what others want us to do just to get their approval?
Paul Hawken, another favorite of mine, shares his thought that “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.” As an entrepreneur, I know, and I see it in many others, that we feel that we have to work all of the time, and that is living a half-life. I need, you need, a diversion to bring you joy, to keep you satisfied, and to make you happy. Each of us needs a whole life. It lets us feel better, sleep better, and take care of ourselves better. A half-life does not work for any period of time…it just slows us down from achieving what we are striving for…are you willing to compromise, to settle for approval, and to reject yourself for someone else’s approval?