Thursday, December 11, 2014

YOU AREN'T BEYONCE...AND THAT'S OKAY.


Unless you haven't been on any form of social media in the last year, you've most likely come across this little saying at least once... 
"You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.” 
The first time I saw it, I quite liked it. The second, (third, fourth, fifth and sixth) times I saw it, my feelings were a little different...  
I often feel overwhelmed with things I need/want to do. If I’m not busy or being productive at all times, I often feel like I’m doing something wrong. The quote “You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce” leaves me feeling more defeated than   inspired. If I have as many hours in a day as she does, why haven’t I accomplished the things that she has? The reason is this... 
No matter how hard I try and how many hours I actively use each day, I still don’t have the resourses Beyonce has. 
I don’t have my own hair dresser, makeup artist, personal trainer or stylists to help me look fabulous each day. I don’t have my own team of incredibly talented PR people. The Beyonce Brand is so successful because there are TONS of absolutely talented people who help make it happen. Unfortunately I do not have any employees like Beyonce.  
“Time is money but money is also time. Because Beyonce, as a brand, generates so much revenue, she can spend thousands of dollars to multiply her time, if not millions. By multiplying and increasing the Brand of Beyonce’s time, and therefore expertise, the Brand can make more money.” (www.bearandbeaglecreative.com)
Honestly, some days all I want to do when I get home from a busy day at work is sit on the couch and watch TV with my family. And that is exactly what I did today. I might not have hit the gym like I should have. I didn’t get any cleaning done. I didn’t create a hit single for the world to swoon over. And that’s okay. I spent time with the people I love most. Sure we didn’t “accomplish” much. But we were together. 
"Isn’t it true that we often get so busy? And, sad to say, we even wear our busyness as a badge of honor, as though being busy, by itself, was an accomplishment or sign of a superior life.” -Dieter Uchtdorf   

Images like this one truly make me sad. There is nothing impressive about aspiring to be someone else. Like me, you might not be famous,  have a net worth of $440 Million, sold over 118 million records worldwide, or won 17 Grammy Awards like Beyonce, AND THAT’S OK. Beyonce is Beyonce. You are YOU. She might have an extensive list of accomplishments but one thing she can never be is you. We need to stop striving to be like someone else and instead focus on developing and creating the uniquely beautiful people we are. 

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