“Don't compare yourself with anyone in this world... if you do so, you are insulting yourself.” ― Bill Gates
Here is a statement I want you to remember for the rest of your life, “If you are still alive, your life matters.” Your birth is a statement in its own right, saying your life matters. Your uniqueness is what makes you different from everyone else. You are made up of your emotions, feelings, thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. You are not what people say you are, what people want you to be, but rather what you were born to be and accomplish. You are unique and there will never be another you. Deepak Chopra wrote, “Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.” Steve Jobs came and changed our world and how we relate with computers and technology. There will never be another Steve Jobs.
You are special in your own ways and your uniqueness is suited to do a specific thing. What are you suited for? I believe it’s a big mistake to want to be like someone else. If you were meant to be like someone else you will not be you. I like the words of Ivan E. Coyote which says, “I am a rare species, not a stereotype.” Embracing your uniqueness is the beginning of freedom and using your power to have it all. You are unique and exclusive. You are in a league of your own to live life the way you have imagined it.
You are only one of a kind in the entire world so explore your uniqueness in the achievement of your dreams. A lot of people are copy cats and therefore are not able to be, do and have more, and achieve all their goals. Wanting to be someone else will create an inferiority complex and conflict in your mind. Why would you like to be a copy when you can be an original? Why not embrace your distinctiveness? You have a unique role to play in the universe and in the grand scheme of things. You might have significantly and positively impacted someone’s life without even knowing it. Nobody can look at life through the exact same lenses as you do.
Your potential for growth and development is unlimited. Margaret Mead puts it beautifully; “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” The real you is the inner you, and when you are living with the real you, your life takes on greater meaning. Every stage of life has its inherent strengths. The stage of life you are in right now is meaningful even if it feels like you are stuck, in a rut, or spinning ‘round and ‘round. You have the power to shape your future using your unique attributes. You have the ability to influence another person to do great things and impact the world.
Today is a new day. The only day you have control over is today. Today will never again be repeated in the history of your life so why waste it on what could have been, what might have been or what should have been. It is a day you have never seen before and will never see again. Stop telling yourself the lies of one day I will do this or that. There is no ‘one day’. Saying ‘one day’ to suit your inaction and excuses is false and self-defeating.
Today is the day and this is the day you have. Use it and use it well. The lies of ‘one day’ has not taken you anywhere, never taken anybody anywhere, and will not take you anywhere in the future. So many people are selling themselves short in the name of ‘one day I will do this or that’. Stop fooling yourself and start understanding the reality that today matters and that the sum total of your todays will make your tomorrow, which ultimately leads to your destiny. How many days have the lies of ‘one day’ stolen from you? Seize the greatness and uniqueness of today. Throughout today, you have an incredible amount of opportunity to move your life in the direction you want it to go. Make today count!