Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What if you're way more beautiful, more open, and more lovable than you think you are?

Be honest.  When you hear midlife women buoying each other up, talking about how great they still look, how powerful they are, and how they still have their whole lives ahead of them, do you secretly think to yourself, "Yeah, sure.  Whatever.  Let's be real."

If so, I want you to take a look at this.


Here's our secret fear:  That we may overestimate our importance, our worthiness, our attractiveness and influence.  But what if we're really doing the opposite:  Underestimating ourselves, and internally reinforcing every slam and criticism that we've ever heard about ourselves.  Sad and self-defeating, right?  Something to stop doing.  Immediately.  Now.  This minute.  Forever.

In a statement about the ad campaign above, personal care brand Dove said:  "Women are their own worst beauty critics.  Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful ... we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see."

If you're going to believe one thing or the other, which choice would bring you closer to the outcomes you desire for your life?  Thinking (perhaps) a little too highly of yourself?  Or undercutting yourself with humility and self-doubt?

I think the choice is clear.  What do you think?

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