Measure Your Life? Five Better Ways to do just that!
This world is infatuated with measuring up. Research suggests we are exposed to thousands of advertising messages daily—and hidden within each of those ads is a mistruth: “You don’t measure up until you buy our product.”
Ad agencies are good. Real good. They know how to sneak into our psyches and change the story we tell ourselves. Before long our brains begin to believe their lie—that our lives can be measured by what we buy, wear, drive, and live in. And while their bottom line bursts at the seams, the consumer is broke—financially and otherwise. The reality is that trying to measure up is breaking us up.
As a culture, we begin to measure our lives by the things we can buy, because others are buying it too. The nature of today’s world, being in constant reach of advertising through screens and print, demands our intentionality of focus on the true measures of life. That’s why I liked this week’s quote,
“Stop using other people’s measuring sticks to measure your life.” Debbie LaChusa
I personally need reminders often that my worth isn’t found by the world’s measuring stick. I get to define my own success, and live a meaningful and abundant life under God and his measuring rod. I share this with my clients, my friends and certainly my family. God sets the standard and we have the opportunity to use His meaningful guidance in order to live it out. And with that, it’s enough. I want to tell you that “you’re enough”. As you craft your book, your next project or even your very next email- remember you don’t have to be like anyone else, be better than anyone else or be larger than anyone else. Who you are is enough. Here are 5 gentle reminders I tell myself on days I forget I’m enough.
5 Ways to Measure YOUR Life
With a measure of gratitude, you gain the world. When you are grateful for what you already have, you don’t need more. Gratitude is always enough. This perspective is a shield to the thousands of messages of ‘not enough’ we hear every day. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. We don’t need to have those shoes, that device, or even that new car.
“To measure the man, measure his heart.” Malcolm Forbes once said.
The infinite freedoms available when we design a life of less allows for infinite ways to be generous. Whether it’s with our time, money, talents, hospitality, donations, or airline miles—when the measuring stick of things ends, generosity keeps growing.
Advertisers bank on the public’s perpetual discontent. In fact, they create much of our discontent through their stealth word play and product development
Contentment is not the satisfaction of want; it’s the pursuit of having enough.
Busyness is no way to measure a life. Busy is a thief. It’s a phantom measure of worth and success and it will never get as much done as availability will. Remain available. Learn to say no, and measure your life by the things you choose to say yes to.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as once saying.
If we pay too close attention to how the world measures life we will never understand the difference that our life, our one life, can make. We are purposed for much more than our net worth and closet size.
It helps to remember the best things in life can’t be pitched in thirty second ads. You’re worth so much more.
To Your Success,
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