“Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Judy Garland
The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” may be true, but marketing and branding experts work with graphic designers and advertising executives to design product packaging and word content that appeals to your emotions. They are expecting you to judge the product by its packaging and purchase it based on how it looks from the outside.
Leave a lasting impression
Career coaches instruct their clients to dress to impress for a job interview. They know that people are evaluated by their appearance in the first few seconds of an interview and they want their clients to gain a nonverbal advantage by dressing to impress. The career coaches understand you only get one chance to make a first impression.
You make true lasting impressions by who you are. If you try to be someone other than yourself, you will eventually be discovered as a fraud. When I talk about dressing for success, I am not talking about the attire you wear for a job interview, networking event, banquet or business meeting.
Wear your purpose
God designed you to wear your purpose. Your purpose will not work for someone else or someone else’s purpose will not work for you. I do not care how successful they are living their purpose, you are not guaranteed success if you follow it. You can follow their purpose letter by letter and word by word. You can dot all the ‘I’s” and cross all the ‘T’s’ and still fail miserably.
You can try to make their purpose fit you the best way you can. You can tuck it in, take it up and pull it down, but it still won’t work. Their purpose was designed to fit them and not you.
Trust me; I have tried the imitating routine myself. I have attended seminars and conferences led by individuals who ‘made it’ with hopes of discovering their formula and duplicating their success.
I have read blogs and books by people who gave great insight and instruction that, if followed, will produce phenomenal results and unparalleled success. I have listened to the podcasts and watched the webinars of the gurus and experts five strategies to this and seven keys to that and still not come close to the promised results.
God designed me the way He wanted. I am not here to be a carbon copy of anyone. I can spend the next ten years reading and studying someone else’s recipe for success, but I’ll never reach my full potential copying their journey.
When I set aside my uniqueness to copy someone else’s recipe, I relinquish the essence of who God designed me to become. Rather than moving toward the best expression of who I am, I turn away from it.
You are custom designed
If you want a custom suit, you have to go to a tailor to get it made. The tailor will take measurements for your body size and dimension. He takes the necessary time to make sure everything is cut and sewn to your distinct body proportions. If he has any problems he will call you back to re-measure to make sure everything is properly sized.
When the suit is finished, you will have a product customized to fit only you. If another person tries to wear your suit it will not fit them properly because it was not designed to fit their body dimensions. It may look from a distance that the suit fits, but upon closer investigation, you will discover it does not fit properly.
The suit was custom made for you and not bought from a department store rack where there could be six suits of the same style, color and size. You are not from the suit rack of a department store, God tailored made you to fit your custom designed purpose. Once you are outfitted with your custom suit, you are dressed for success.
Your purpose may not be the most expensive or flashiest. It may not produce you great fame and fortune. Your purpose may just be plain and simple. I declare if you wear your purpose the way God designed, you can walk with your head up and live out your purpose.
Live your purpose
The enemy of your purpose wants you to be an imitator. He knows if you waste time trying to be someone that you are not, you forfeit your purpose. When you do not live your purpose; you become a hindrance in your marriage, with your children, on your job, in your family, with your finances and living your vision.
You are an original. There are over seven billion people in the world and each person is uniquely designed. Your fingerprints distinguish you from anyone else on the planet. You were created with a specific purpose. You are not a carbon copy. You were creatively designed to live out your purpose.
If anyone tells you that you need to be the next so and so. You tell them I appreciate the complement, but I am going to be the next and only me. I am going to live my best and make my contributions to the world that only I can make.
Today is your day to wear your purpose with confidence and courage. And when you do, you will accomplish things you only dreamed of accomplishing. Your innovative ideas, creative concepts and tremendous thoughts will rise to the forefront and you will see your life grow beyond yours and others expectations.
Question: What do you need to do to wear your purpose with confidence? Leave a comment below.