The waiter approaches our table and asked us if we would like anything to drink. Peterson confidently responds, “We will take two, double, half & half margaritas with salt and a bowl of guacamole. Thank you!”
That’s when you know you have a best friend right there, when he takes you to a Mexican restaurant you haven’t been to before and gets you the perfect margarita and guac.
Freshly served guacamole aside, last night, my friend Peterson gave me some advice and inspiration that I want to share with you today. Two simple, yet important ways that you can keep growing and making a difference in the spaces you find yourself in today. Man am I thankful for friendships like these that provide such impactful encouragement in our lives.
In a time where comparison and competition seem never-ending via social media, being confidently who you are is truly such a gift to this world. It’s tempting to think we have to “try harder” in order to become as successful or pretty or (you fill in the blank) as someone else because we perceive that they have it better than we do. But, as Jordan Lee Dooley put so well in her book Own Your Everyday,
We’ll miss who we’re made to be when we focus on what we think we’re supposed to be.
Don’t miss out on the opportunities and connections that are right in front of you just because you are trying to be or achieve something else. You will get exactly where you’re supposed to be if you stay true to who you are.
If you want to be successful in what you do, if you want to build lasting relationships, if you want to help others see progress over time, you have to consistently show up. We can’t have one foot in and one foot out the door in what we are striving for. We either open the door wide and step confidently through, or let it close.
As you show up consistently, say yes to any opportunity in that arena you wish to grow in, and humbly continue to learn from others who have gone before you, you will see greater success. And that success can be measured in whatever way YOU define it.
To me, success translates into the confidence I feel in being authentically myself in the spaces I live, work, and play in. Success means helpings others grow and making the most positive impact I can in the space God has me in. Success might look different for you, but whatever it is, you must be consistent.
As our dinner ended, I gave Peterson two big hugs for this wisdom he shared with me and for loving me so well as a friend. His wisdom is so simple, yet so profound. All we have to do is be ourselves, keep showing up, and before we know it, the growth will happen.