What Does It Mean to “Be Yourself”?

People always say “be yourself”, but what does that actually mean? To be honest, I never fully understood that phrase as a child. However, as I grew up, I learned how important those two simple words are to every single person.

I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news: Life can be as good as you want it to be. The bad news: Life can be bad as you want it to be. You will have to work hard for what you want. You will have to think positive. You will have to know yourself. You will have to be confident and believe in yourself. You will have to overcome obstacles. You will have to be persistent. Nevertheless, it will pay off in the end. The power inside of each and every one of us is beyond effective. Remember this quote from Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”.

If you know who you are and what your goals are, that’s most important. “Being yourself” means you are comfortable with how you act, how you talk, how you walk, what you like, what you don’t like, what you want, what you don’t want, and what you want to become. That’s all that matters. Someone telling you that being a lawyer is not going to be worth it or that becoming a successful brain surgeon or professional athlete is close to impossible won’t upset you because you’re unwavering.

That’s what being yourself is: unwavering. You don’t care about anyone’s opinions. You don’t listen to anyone’s negativity. It doesn’t bother you. Of course, you will listen to the advice of someone who might be trying to help, but in the end, you know what you want out of life. You know what your passion is, what your goals are, and nothing will stop you.

Furthermore, you don’t let negativity to creep into your mind. You don’t let other people distract you. And you don’t look for validation because you don’t need it. You wake up every day knowing who you are, and that’s all that matters. “Being yourself” will bring you inner peace because you know you are being 100% honest with yourself.

The next time someone tells you that you can’t do something, just smile and say, “Watch me.”

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