Give Yourself Grace!

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What does that mean to you? What do you think of when you hear the word “grace”? I think of patience, kindness, understanding and favor.

One more time for those in the back.

I think of patience, kindness, understanding and favor.

That said, are you giving yourself enough grace? In a world full of overnight millionaires, body goals, ideal families, success addicts and entrepreneurs, are you patient, kind, understanding and in favor with yourself?

Personally, I struggle with this. I always believe that I could be doing more, that there’s more to do and truth is, there always will be. It’s imperative that you and I decide how we’re going to value ourselves. Do we only value ourselves based on our accomplishments and how “hard” we went today? Are we able to be proud just because we woke up today, handled our business, paid a bill or two, went to the gym, ate and watched Netflix? Is that okay or no? Is it okay, if you decide to do nothing today? Are you already feeling lazy, undervalued and pathetic because you took a day off?

Who are your idols? Your idols shape a vast majority of your ideology on grace.

My idol is JAY-Z, so you can understand why I might be hard on myself when I take a day off or step back from my business or if I don’t blog for a week etc. I don’t know him personally but, I assume he’s dedicated to his success in all aspects, that he’s up late, that he sleeps seldom. People that do know him may say that he keeps a very balanced diet between leisure and work but, I hear the music, I see the hustle, the ambition, the relentless drive to not only become successful but to maintain it and I strive to emulate that. Let’s think about this though, does that emulation allow for me to give myself grace? No, it doesn’t, because I am already trying to live up to a baseless fantasy of someone else’s life and many of you are as well.

Life will be an arduous journey of constant comparisons and this feeling of “lack” without grace. You need grace, you deserve it, now you must welcome it and practice it.

Say this with me, “I will give myself grace. I will be patient, kind, understanding and in favor with myself. I am grace.”

Practice grace daily and know that grace doesn’t gift you the opportunity to be consistently lazy, let’s be clear on that but, it gives way for the acceptance of necessary breaks without the aftertaste of guilt.

One more time for those in the back.

Grace doesn’t gift you the opportunity to be consistently lazy, let’s be clear on that but, it gives way for the acceptance of necessary breaks without the aftertaste of guilt.

You got this, go be gracious!


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