Just Be

by Bill Mansell on May 26, 2011 | Articles

Society is constantly telling you how you should beBe nice, be happy, be smart, be clean, be on time.  Some people want you to be different; others encourage you to be the same as everyone else.  We should be productive and never be lazy.  We all want to be interesting and to be fun.  A boy scout is expected to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, brave, and so on.  Even the army tells you to “be all that you can be.”

These expectations aren’t necessarily bad, to the extent they help us to strive to keep improving, they can be a good thing.  The danger is that this word “be” is at the very heart of who we are. When we are told how to be, our very being is therefore challenged–as if we are not good enough. This tends to wear away at our self worth until we don’t feel that we will ever be good enough.

My message to you today is: you are a being with infinite worth–no matter what you choose to be or not be at any moment in time.  Out of 7 billion people in the world, you are ONE of a kind. No one else has the combination of thoughts, physical attributes, creative ideas, and abilities that is uniquely you. Your very life and being is a result of chemical, spiritual, electrical, and biological processes which are nothing short of miraculous. Your mind is capable of storing, sorting, instantly recalling, and evaluating billions of bits of information–more than any computer on the planet. You can train your body and your mind to synchronize perfectly in order to perform amazing feats, anything from climbing a mountain, to playing the piano, to sending a text message, or painting a masterpiece. You can reason and dream and create new ideas. In short, your value is immeasurable.

With this in mind, please don’t ever let the daily grind and endless expectations of life make you feel depressed or worthless. Take time every day to celebrate you. Set aside expectations or conditions and simply revel in the joy of your existence–just be.

Success Tip: With all of the things you are expected to be, it’s a good idea to set them aside once in a while to just be–just celebrate the fact that you exist and have infinite worth.

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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Stretch June 8, 2011

Posts like this brighten up my day. Thanks for taking the time.


pinny May 31, 2011

Great piece! Thanks and lots of luck.


Sara May 27, 2011

I agree about everything, that was said. Because I DO worry about, what everyone thinks about me. That I have Panic Attacks, all the time. I stay in my house, a lot too! It is really hard, to get over it!!!


Ana Laura May 27, 2011

Thank you. Love the message. Our students need to realized how miraculous it is to just be, so they can really value their self worth.


alightfoot May 26, 2011

Thank you very inspirational & motivating! Have a blessed day!


Judy Weldon May 26, 2011

Bill, loved this message… Insightful and at the same time very comforting. A good one to carry around and keep re-reading! Thanks for sharing it!


floyd elliott May 26, 2011

This is the best article I have read in a long, long time.


Don May 26, 2011

Thanks for the “Be” notes, Bill. This is right in line with what I am teaching my church youth group this coming Sunday. :)


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