Most of us in this world have a tendency to underestimate ourselves. It may be because of the education system that harbours the idea that to be among the top three in class is to be intelligent, it may be because we have unresolved childhood issues, and it may be because we like seeing ourselves on a low pedestal so that when we gain something ‘seemingly’ unattainable we get a huge boost to our feeling of self-worth.
Whatever it is, underestimating yourself isn’t entirely good and isn’t entirely bad either. But, you need to know where to the draw the line. If you keep underestimating yourself, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime as you fuss over the debate if you are worth the opportunity or not. Sometimes, you need to let go off the fear of not being good enough for so-and-so cause, you need to take a firm step forward and grasp that opportunity to be the best who you are instead of hiding behind the curtains of self-doubts. If you cling to your shadows, if you turn your face away from value, if you stop yourself from using your talents – then you will only be cheating yourself from being who you really are.
It does seem scary, and it does seem overwhelming, but if you don’t reach out to what you deserve, then – do you deserve it at all?
Opportunities in life are very similar to school tests – each one is different and each one tests your ability in a particular area. If you maintain your focus, use your learning, take appropriate actions and face the opportunity with your whole determination – you will be able to see the results for yourself. Skipping an opportunity is like skipping a test – how will you know what you are capable of doing until you do it? And it’s not only just ‘doing’ that matters, until you try each opportunity that comes your way, you will be unaware of your way of thinking, planning, directions, schemes, and views in myriad matters if you fail to apply yourself to those tasks.
I’m not saying that you should become a super-multitasker and do every single thing that comes your way, there are some opportunities that come every year or so (and you can pick them up anytime), but the opportunities that come Once In A Lifetime – those are the ones that really need your attention!
I believe that each opportunity comes to you to help you learn more about yourself. You make mistakes, you think on new lines, you see things from a different angle and you work out ways and solutions to bring about results. In all this process, you are constantly reforming, renewing and understanding yourself. Now just imagine how much you will be missing out on if you fail to attend to that one LIFETIME opportunity!
It may be a good choice, it may be a bad choice – but the learning is always good. Learning helps you broaden your understanding and your outlook. So, don’t ever regret making a choice – all bad experiences have a good learning!
The more you learn, the more you live.
There’s no harm in trying – try an opportunity, immerse yourself in it – you will be surprised at how good and deserving you actually are!