If you have not already read Part 1 of this article, please do so at this time, as Part 2 builds on Part 1. Here is a link to Living with Adversity and The Power of Identification Part 1
Identification empowers, where as comparison minimizes contribution.
Comparison asserts stipulation to inclusion. Comparison mandates that certain criteria be met. Comparison predicates acceptance. Comparison demands compliance. Comparison postulates performance. Comparison shuns that which is different. Identification encourages progress while comparison specifies and expects outcomes.
Identification celebrates small successes, whereas comparison, by its nature seeks to minimize and marginalize. Identification encourages individuality and inspires self-expression.
Identification cultivates creativity. Individuality is not considered a threat. Status quo is dismissed. Identification frees from a fear of failure. Identification musters enthusiasm in the face of any discouragement or disillusionment. Identification breaks down the walls of isolation. Alienation is dismissed. Eccentricity is held in esteem. Self-respect, self-esteem, and self-worth no longer need be qualified. Value and ability is accepted at face value. Identification seeks to reconcile.
Comparison fuels striving and overcompensation. Identification celebrates awareness and encourages acceptance and action.
As I seek to identify with others I practice love and tolerance. Identification frees my ability to explore outside of comparison’s “box”. Identification encourages individual expression. Identification encourages promise, where as comparison stipulates. Identification encourages process and possibility. Identification promotes self-confidence. Progress is accepted as a function of seeking to accept both others and one self. As I love and accept myself, I am free to be and create with my being.
My being and worth is not tied to a specific “toy” or outcome. I no longer need to keep up with the Jones. I no longer need to driven by external validation. Identifications dispels my need to judge. Identification gives me the permission to take risks and to scrape my knees as I learn from my process. Identification encourages my pursuit of excellence, not perfection. Identification frees me to stay in the moment and to live life on life’s terms.
Identification helps me to dream dreams and pursue my destiny.
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