With over one million selfies taken daily and over 17 million selfies uploaded to social media, I sometimes wonder how many people are searching for external validation—something to make them feel valued, attractive or appreciated—when really they should be looking within.
Saying “look within” may sound like a bullet point to a lesson in personal development, but I can assure you that what you’re looking for isn’t going to be fulfilled by a like or a comment on Facebook or Instagram. It’s going to come from you working on yourself.
Sounds fun, right? 🙂 Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life, says that working on yourself shouldn’t be the kind of hard work that makes you sit on your bed and cry. This work could be as simple as meditation and affirmations (follow your morning routine).
I recently spoke to a friend about the pitfalls of comparison: how social media can be dangerous as it simply showcases the highlight—not the low light—reel of everyone’s life. If you scroll through everyone else’s updates multiple times during the day I doubt it’s going to make you think Yes, my life is awesome! You’ll probably compare yourself with your friends and wish you had what someone else has, a pattern of thinking that can quickly change the trajectory of your day, week, month or year.
Tips for becoming a better YOU
Live today. There are zero long-term benefits to hearing your social media “friends” tell you how awesome and beautiful you are. Instead of documenting every second of your day online, enjoy and cherish the present moment, as it could be your last (a scary thought—but true).
Accept where you are. You’re on your own journey, not someone else’s—so stop comparing your life to others. Instead, focus your time on becoming a better version of you by taking that consistent action to improve yourself, rather than focusing on what you don’t have.
Am I saying you should never take a selfie? Of course not. Enjoy your life and share it with your friends. Just remember that the only validation that you need of your worth in this world is your own. Master this and you’ll be certain to live a rich and fulfilling life.
Be the best-ever version of you!
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