Personal Short Sales


Please indulge me in a moment of navel gazing.

I’ve been on a sojourn of self discovery and self awareness lately.  The pilgrimage has been an opportunity to view my life with new eyes.  To see myself through the lens of truth has been beneficial, but at times biting.  The first step to being the person that God created me to be…the person that I want to be is being real with myself.  That means coming face to face with my foibles…so I can fix them.  It’s a journey that’s been long overdue, and I’m glad to say that I’ve been embracing it.

I had an interesting conversation tonight.  I was telling my friend how I could sell anything to anyone.  And I believe that.  However on the drive home I had an epiphanic moment…one of those face to face instances that kind of rocked my world.  The truth of my statement was hidden in the phrase that I left off.  “I can sell anything to anyone because I believe in the product.”  Which made me think about all the times I sell myself short.  It doesn’t take a world class jumper to make the next leap.  The reason I sell myself short is because I don’t believe in the product.  Wow!

In my conversation with my friend, I was encouraging him. He’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. He has so much going for him. He’s compassionate, super intelligent, has a great sense of humor, he is empathetic and so much more. I couldn’t understand how he didn’t see those things in himself. As I drove away, I began thinking back on our discussion, and I realized that we had something else in common. I felt as if someone was holding a mirror up before me, and for the first time I could see my reflection clearly.  That’s when I heard the words I was saying echoed back to me…the same words people have said to me so many times. And in that instance, I saw how easily I discounted each encouragement.

And that’s when the light bulb illuminated.

I need to believe in my product. I have been selling myself short, but no more. Watch out, y’all! My fetters have been loosed. I can’t wait to see how different things will be from now. I’m ready for the next leg of this journey.

What about you?  How do you sell yourself short? What will it take to make you see yourself the way others see you?

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