Don’t Try To Be Perfect – Be Yourself

 Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

If you are looking to find perfection around in this little neck of the wood, you won’t find it here. My life is certainly not perfect and neither is it flawless. I once thought that it was possible. But later on I would find out that there is absolutely no such thing as someone being perfect. The closest that you will come to that is to just ‘be yourself.’

Be yourself even while you wait for your brokenness to be mended. Be yourself even when it hurts and you are bleeding in places that others don’t see.

Be yourself when the journey gets tough, the path gets crooked and life seems not to be dealing right with you. Even then define who you are and be yourself on your own terms, not someone else. Find your unique voice, your language and your own sense of style and stick with it.

No one should hate you for being yourself. And even if they do, it is far better for them to hate on you for who or what you are than to be loved by them for what you are not. God created you the way you are for reason. Every gift that He has equipped you with is for His purpose.

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Refuse to settle for being a carbon copy just so you can fit in with the crowd. God created you an original and you are worth far more than a copy, rubies, diamond or gold.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

We are also familiar with these words from Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”

I stand in agreement with both sentiments. You see, the world we live in, there are those who have made it their business through crafty devices to establish certain standards by which they expect everyone else to live by. And if you don’t fit into that standard then in their mind, you will not be successful.

Additionally, the internet, social media and television have infiltrated society to the extent that being yourself is slowly but surely becoming nothing more than a commonly used phrase in the history of advice.

Some still try to lead others to believe that thin is the in thing – that your body must be shaped a certain way, you must be a certain height or you must speak their language and say it a certain way.

But in the words of Mandy Hale,“Just be yourself. Let people see the real imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person that you are.” 

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  1. Find who you are and define yourself using the word of God as your compass and your guide.
  2. Sever ties with your past and by all means avoid being fixated on it.
  3. An attitude can either be wrong or right but stop caring about how others percieve you, especially when you know that what you are doing is right.
  4. Character is important so maintain honesty, integrity, openess and authenticity. You will make mistakes but don’t beat up on yourself, just be honest and speak truth at all times.
  5. Avoid being so uptight and practice ways to keep you in a relaxed mode. Stop worrying about the things you have no control over, which by the way is most things, most of the time.
  6. Be responsible for yourself and boost your own self-esteem. The Bible tells us how David often encouraged himself in the Lord. If no one is telling you wonderful things about you, do it for yourself. Tell yourself how woderful, beautiful and special you are.
  7. Craft your own sense of style and individuality. It could be the clothes you wear, your hairstyle, makeup, your manner of speaking, or simply your way of getting things done. Even though it may be different from mainstream or what is considered norm, so long as the outcome is positive.
  8. Don’t ever compare yourself to others. You are not a copy, you are an original. Craft your own individuality and sense of style and just be yourself. Trying to be someone else will only frustrate you and make you unhappy and miserable.

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  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Bernard M. Baruch
  • “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ~ Judy Garland
  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou
  • “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” ~ Coco Chanel
  • “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey Fierstein
  • “About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ~ Rita Mae Brown

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About Yvonne I. Wilson (793 Articles)
Yvonne I. Wilson is known for her prolific, dynamic leadership style with over twenty years in the healthcare industry. She is a trailblazer and a catalyst for change; a positive thinker and someone who is very passionate and optimistic about life. She is mantled as an end-time Apostolic Prophet with an extraordinary spirit of discernment, an exceptionally strong prophetic and healing anointing and a unique gift in prophetic intercessory prayer as she navigates through the realm of the spirit and as she ministers to the nations. With the Agape love of God and His undeniable purpose for which He has called her, God has given her a Prophetic Deliverance Ministry to bring deliverance to His people, to heal the wounded, rejected and emotionally scarred/broken in spirit, to break barriers, old paradigms and false teachings and to rebuild, establish and plant the things of God.

10 Comments on Don’t Try To Be Perfect – Be Yourself

  1. Kalley C // April 4, 2014 at 7:23 am //

    I really like this post! Sometimes we have to abandon the idea of “perfect” and just be. It’s less stress on our body and mind. It seems like this day and age, we keep striving for the things that do not add value to our lives.

    True enlightenment comes when we can accept ourselves–imperfections and all.

    • Great contribution Kalley in validating the post/discussion even more. Our bodies were not meant to take that level of stress. We are created in the image and after the likeness of God and we are most effective for His glory and honor when we accept ourselves and our imperfections and leave room for Him to grow us through the process that He choose. Blessings!

  2. I really enjoyed your post about being yourself. I try to live as authentically true to me as I possibly can. I believe that it’s important to be yourself with others. I am most comfortable when I am being who I am, rather than trying to become someone I’m not. I know we are human, but God wants us to live as perfect as we can because we live to be with Him. He is my guideline.

    • Great input Vicki! I think trying to be someone else everyday must put some pressure on the one who is trying to do that. Wow! My encouragement to you is continue to be yourself and rely on God only to be your guide. Blessings!

  3. I love this thought…” Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someoneelse.” Beautifully said……I will always try to remember this. Blessings to you Minister Yvonne.

  4. Aww. I love everything about this post… esp this one:

    “Don’t ever compare yourself to others. You are not a copy, you are an original. Craft your own individuality and sense of style and just be yourself. Trying to be someone else will only frustrate you and make you unhappy and miserable.”

    This is something we all have to realize. Thank you for this one! ❤

    • Glad you enjoyed it Kristine. We are unique and special in our own individual way – it’s a treasure worth discovering. Thank you so much for stopping by and adding more value to this discussion. 🙂

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