By Bronwyn Ison

The question begs to many, “Am I enough?”  You are enough if you choose to believe so.  Our self-doubt looms within us lending one to believe we need to measure up to others.  There are days you feel on top of the world.  Perhaps, the following day you feel powerless.  Consider your mindset and whom you choose to keep your company with on a daily basis. 

Comparing yourself with others is human nature.  You were made to be exactly who you are.  Have you ever considered cutting yourself a little slack?  If you find you are trying to be someone else, measure to another, or being who you are not, it is time for a reality check.  You will drive yourself into a false perception of your true self.  This will only lead you to further unhappiness. 

Are you a perfectionist?  If you are plagued with the perception of what is ideal then you may be doing more harm than good.  You may be losing your momentum rather than propelling yourself to your main goal.  Aiming for perfection can be exhausting.  Please forgive me; you are not perfect.  I am not perfect.  Consider the strengths you have and strive to work on your shortcomings without judgment. 

Feeling terrible about yourself will not allow you to love you.  Loving yourself, in a healthy manner, is highly encouraged.  Loving and taking care of yourself, setting boundaries, and knowing you need to give yourself well-respected time, is not narcissistic.  Narcissism is entirely different.  In order to love others you must love who you are.

Remain positive.  We live in a society with so much negativity.  Refrain from allowing your time to be utilized improperly.  In other words, remove yourself from negative relationships.  Misery loves company.  Energy suckers will rob your joy.  They do not have your best interests.  Clearly they do not feel confident in themselves and seek to have others join in their misfortunes. 

We’ve all desired to have what somebody else has going on in their lives or that of material items.  Practice gratitude and be thankful for your blessings.  You have more than someone else and the other guy may have more than you.  It doesn’t matter.  All that matters is you find happiness and joy in what you have in your own life. 

Remember, you have complete control of your thoughts.  You can choose to love you.  You don’t need anyone to validate whether or not you are enough or valuable.  Know in your heart and the depths of your soul that you are worthy and more than enough.   

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga. 760.564.YOGA (9642)