Why is it that we often define significant people as those that show their face on TV, have a foot in the political arena, dominate a sport court or field, have a high profile of philanthropy (which is wonderful!), or have large numbers of followers on social media?
Merriam Webster defines ‘significant’ as “having meaning.” That’s it. Nothing else. No mention of TV, government buildings, football fields, philanthropists, Instagram, or Facebook.
We Are All Significant
I’m weeks away from the launch of a personal development course that I’ve poured my heart and soul into for months. Lately, I’d been struggling with “imposter syndrome.” I have doubted my accomplishments and ability and had this nagging fear of being exposed as a fraud. Thoughts like, “Who do you think you are?”…“What meaning could you possibly add to anyone’s life?”…“You really think you have something worthwhile to share?” kept swirling through my head.
Today, however, I had an “aha” moment. I heard the words, “You are significant!” inside my head. Not once, but multiple times. Those words erased any thought of me being an “imposter.” This breakthrough brought me to the truth of the matter. Not just for me, but for everyone.
You see, you and I are highly significant. We are valuable. We each have unique purposes in this world. We have greatness inside of us. And, here’s the best part…our life has meaning. We have each been created for a reason, and that reason should not be minimized, but instead it should be given the very highest value and significance that it deserves!
Here’s the deal. There are billions of people on this planet, yet no two people are alike. Each of us has our own unique perspectives to share. No one else sees things quite the way we do. Because of this, you and I may be able to help others in a way that no one else can. Our one-of-a-kindness may sync up with someone else’s one-of-a-kindness, and a perfect match to solve problems may be found. It’s time to recognize that you and I can be vitally important (significant) to people.
We All Have Meaning
So, let’s stop selling ourselves short and bestowing significance on others but not on ourselves. MY life has meaning. YOUR life has meaning. We are significant!
“Your success and significance in life is tied to the unleashing of the greatness in you.”
― Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha