It's so easy to pretend to be doing or believing something when really deep down inside you know that it's not the real you.
We all try to measure up to other people's expectations for us. Parents, family, teachers, friends, community, etc. tend to try to mold us into their own image or seek to "protect" us from "bad" influences for a variety of reasons.
Most turmoil in the world is caused by one interpretation against another of seemingly the same events.
Sometimes, in fact most times, people get so wrapped up in their particular point of view that they fail or are unable to see the truth of their own positions.
Fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of being the outsider, fear of being different - all have a part to play in keeping most of us living behind a mask.
The few who do manage to break free are either admired or ridiculed. Attempts are even made to bring them back into line so strong is the unease of the masses!
But if you desire to achieve your full potential as a human being, you must learn to break free.
You have to make the decision to be known for who you really are.
Yes, you can learn an awful lot from the people in your life, and yes, you must be grateful for the support you receive during the good as well as the bad times. But it is ultimately up to you to reach out and grab what is rightfully yours!
People are not necessarily going to applaud you for striking out on your own. They may even try to make you feel uneasy, however, if you are determined to make an impact, you have to make up your own mind.
So, how do you come out from behind that mask?
"Do not follow where the path may lead - Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail."
Malcolm Harvey is publisher of "The SuccessTrain" newsletter.
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