A common question asked of business people is: what’s the best (or worst) advice you’ve received? In looking back at the past year, the best thing I heard – and then shared with others – is, “You do you.”
It’s making the rounds, and I’ll bet you’ve heard it and said it yourself. It may, in fact, be over done. But it was the best I heard last year. So what makes this great advice?
- In our hyper online world where everyone is trying to one-up everyone else, it feels good to just be yourself and not try to impress all the time. Gracious. Just be yourself and let everyone else have their own opinions, actions and beliefs.
- Copy cat behavior gets you nowhere. It works against your natural tendencies and is stressful. It’s insincere.
- When you do, do you, the world gets to benefit from your unique greatness.
- Be totally okay with where everyone else is in their lives. Cut the competition cord and know that others don’t really care where you are in your life, anyway.
This year has been a tough one in our country. Everyone has the potential to bring peace, solutions and sanity to each situation. I’m not saying that people should hang on to all of their negative qualities and behaviors. Nope. Those deserve a second look and maybe a change. What I am saying is that we can be in our lane (overused cliche), and allow others the space to be in their lane, and be completely okay. My path is unique and happily different than yours. What I want and where I am going is happily different from yours.
Start today to just Do You. Stop competing, comparing and complaining. And start living happily different!