All my life I've known exactly who I am.
I'm the "creative, artsy, intellectual one" in most of my social circles. I'm the one who 'knows about computers' to anyone in my family over 50 years old. I'm Steph to my friends, Stephanie Lennox to the world, Stevie Lennox on musical.ly.
My purpose in life is to encourage people, and to create platforms where people can be creative, expressive, and bring their ideas to life. I know this, and embrace this.
But there have been a few times where people have come into my life and made me feel like what I was doing with my life wasn't enough. In those times I'd go from feeling safe in my purpose and in who I was, to thinking:
"Am I enough? Is what I'm doing enough? Do I need to be doing more?"
That voice isn't mine, I know that for sure. But if you've ever felt this way, I want to share a few ways for you to keep that voice at bay.
1. To the right person, you have the exact right gift.
It's not for everyone, and not everyone will understand, but the exact right people will, and they will love what you offer with all their heart.
(Are you a writer in need of support, clarity and empowerment? Right here, right here. If you're not, then be on your way - because I don't need you and you don't need me. And that's fine. But that also means that your opinions or thoughts on my business really don't matter. You know what I mean?)
2. You're more important to the world than you know.
Though things writers provide such as education, inspiration and entertainment can't always be accurately measured, there's no denying that they are desperately needed in everyone's lives, in the same way you need air and water.
Writers fulfil basic human, spiritual needs - needs that will never not be needed, and needs that will never go out of fashion.
3. No matter how confident others seem, you best believe that they are wishing they had more, too.
It's human nature to be somewhat curious and envious of what other people have, because in our lifetime we all know that we won't be able to do IT ALL.
For every decision we make, we are leaving three or four behind; so take no notice of the person who act as if it's their way or the highway. They go home and envy others just the same.
Don't allow anyone to rock your confidence in your own destiny and goals. What they're doing doesn't mean that what you're doing is somehow wrong. Remember: they are cool, and so are you.
Your purpose was given to you because you were just the person to absolutely ROCK IT. Your skills, interests, passions, were all created for this reason, and this reason alone - so please don't feel bad about this purpose, or your gift. Let the wrong people laugh and wonder how you'll ever make a living doing what you do.
Ignore them and just give what the world gave you to give.
Stephanie Lennox is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, holistic writing coach and wellness advocate. She’s also the founder of The Authorship Program®, a 12-week immersive experience that helps writers conquer fear in their creative lives. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Please share this post: