Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fishing To Be Unique - How To Stop Hiding Behind A Mask

Michigan Salmon fishing on Pere Marquette River with

Motivational tips to boost self-confidence and self-awareness that any of us can relate to from an individual sense...   apply towards recreational and/or personal matters

What “masks” do you put on and hide behind in your life?

Are you afraid to speak your truth when you know it might be upsetting to someone else?  Do you pretend to be confident when deep inside you feel insecure and unsure of yourself?  Do you speak and act differently around certain people to gain their approval and acceptance?

When we are wearing a “mask”, whether we’re conscious of it or not, we feel isolated, fearful, and out of integrity because we are not allowing our true self to come out.  We are hiding… And not only does this keep us from experiencing fulfillment in relationships or creating the success we’re looking for in life… But we end up living in a state of internal struggle and pain. We can’t possibly be truly authentic because we are molding ourselves to be the “person” that others will love, accept, and approve of.

When we look to others to give us love and approval, we have lost awareness of our own self love and self acceptance.  Wearing a mask, or presenting a “contrived version” of yourself to gain approval from others keeps us in a state of internal struggle… And even when we “get” the approval we think we’re looking for, it’s never enough… Because only through true self acceptance and love can we come into full awareness of our own worth, beauty, and power.

Are you tired of playing games, wearing masks or trying to be someone other than yourself? Wouldn't you like the freedom to just be accepted for who you are, without the pressure to be someone you really don't know how to be? Would you like to learn how to embrace your uniqueness and resist the pull to be like everyone else?

It's time that we dare to accept ourselves as different and stop being insecure about who we are.

Be Courageous:
If you're going to overcome insecurities you must have the courage to be different. Unhappiness and frustration happen when we reject our uniqueness and try to be like each other. If you're going to be successful at being completely you, then you're going to have to take a chance on not being like everyone else.

Who Decides Your Worth?
Becoming a people pleaser is one of the easiest things we can do...but it can ultimately make us very unhappy. When we begin pleasing others, we begin to hear comments that make us feel good about ourselves. That's okay as long as we don't derive our sense of worth from it. People are too fickle for us to place our sense of worth in their opinions.

Break Out of the Mold:
The world (those we know and deal with on a daily basis who may be family, friends, people in the neighborhood or even in the church) is continually trying to conform us to its image. The word conform means "to be similar in form or character; to behave in accordance with prevailing modes or customs."

People will always try to fit us into their mold, partly due to their own insecurity. It makes them feel better about what they are doing if they can get someone else to do it too. Very few people have the ability to be who they are and let everybody else be who they are. Can you imagine how nice the world would be if we would all do that? Each person would be secure in who he is and let others be who they are. We would not have to try to be imitations of each other.

Unique for a Purpose:
If we're going to overcome insecurities and succeed at being ourselves, we can't continue to be afraid of what everybody else may think. We can't continue to allow others to fit us into their mold. We are different! We are unique!

She's So Fly Outdoor News encourages each and every one of you to work towards overcoming your personal insecurities and gain the courage to be unique.

Remove your masks and discover your individual passions!

Get involved in outdoor activities - they can be great start to motivating you to remove your "masks" and become the unique individuals that you were intended to be.

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