“I always feel like, somebody’s watching me…” – Rockwell
No matter who you are or what you do, people are watching you.
People are naturally curious at what makes someone successful, and at the same time, viciously looking for their failures.
It is the two-sided sword of inspiration. We want to feel inspired to pursue our own dreams, yet our obsession with failure justifies our inaction.
How do you handle the truth that people are looking for your successes and your failures?
Be open and honest with yourself and with others. Own your successes, learn from your failures, and move on. By not dwelling in the past, you can live for today, moving towards tomorrow.
Be authentic and credible. As I heard this weekend from my pastor, authenticity is being real with yourself and your credibility is the reconciliation of your authenticity with how others view you.
Don’t seek the attention and praise of others. By being authentically and credibly yourself, you do what you need to do, not for the praise of others, but because you need to exercise your calling and vocation.
I’ve learned over the past year that I have inspired others to follow their dreams. That doesn’t grow my ego or feed my desire to increase the level of my exposure. What it does is humble me and remind me to be consistent with what I do each day.
Knowing that people are inspired by me being who I am, not being who I think they want me to be, is a responsibility that I gladly accept, own, and daily live out in my actions.