You’re good enough, just as you are right now, at this moment. You’re good enough as you are, without having to change anything.
You’re good enough for love, to have an amazing career, to have happiness and full self-expression, to experience the most amazing relationship. You’re good enough in the body that you currently have, the weight that you are, the age that you have turned, to be the lead on your own TV series, or to work with Meryl Streep.
Part of being good enough is to simply love and accept yourself for who you are—and where you are—flaws and all. Not because of the things you accomplish, or how you look, or how successful you are, but just by being alive. It’s extraordinary to simply be alive.
But you don’t wake up saying, “I’m extraordinary.” Part of that has to do with our own self-worth. We don’t see ourselves in relation to who we already are. We generally see ourselves in relation to what we haven’t yet accomplished, what we haven’t succeeded at, what we struggle with, and where we fail.
So we don’t see our own extraordinariness just by being, but showing up in our own lives and being brave enough to live our dreams and do the best we can is extraordinary.
We are worth so much more than we often give ourselves credit for. To that end, find a symbol in your life of something that represents how much you are worth. It might be shocking to discover that you hold onto things because you don’t think you deserve better. You might think that’s all you’ll ever get, so you hold on. Or you wonder, Why even bother? Or you control everything, because it’s scary to let go. It could be an old pair of shoes you don’t throw away. It could be an outdated belief. It might be a car you never clean because you already think it’s crappy. It could be your hairstyle or the pair of glasses you wear. It might be the resolution you never keep, or even a boyfriend or girlfriend.
What if you realized that thing—no matter how small or seemingly insignificant—might represent how you really see yourself? But the truth is you’re bigger than that. You’re worth so much more than that. Let it go and create the space for something that represents your real worth to come into your life.
When you do, you’ll realize “I am good enough,” and other people will “discover” that you are, too.
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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Vancouver. It was honored by Backstage three years in a row and named the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read).
Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. It releases on iTunes and DVD in March of 2014. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and CW KTLA. He has been a guest speaker at the GATE 2013 Story Conference, founded by Jim Carrey and Eckhart Tolle, and David Lynch's Masters in Film Program (Maharishi University of Management).
He is also the author of the best-selling creativity book, At Left Brain Turn Right, which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.