Taking yourself too seriously impairs your judgment, steals your happiness and clouds your perception. When you take yourself too seriously you become afraid to fail, to learn, to try something new or to do anything that may make you look bad or feel silly. That impairs your growth, but it also takes the fun out of life. The reason children are little geniuses, learning amazingly fast is because they are open to new ideas, open to try new things and open to learn. They are also open to happiness, no matter what is going on around. Give it a try.
Not sure if you take yourself too seriously? Here are some questions to help your self-assessment.
- Do you feel uncomfortable when people tease you, especially if they are new in your circle?
- Do you avoid learning new things for fear of appearing stupid or because you don’t master them?
- Do you interpret any observation about your mistakes or things you can improve as a criticism and clam up?
- When you are told that you made a mistake or broke something, do you get in the defensive and deny it, or blame something or someone else?
- Do you avoid dancing, singing, or having fun doing creative, out-of-the-box things with your friends because you are afraid to look bad?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you are taking yourself a bit too seriously. If you answer yes to more than one, you are definitely taking yourself too seriously. If you said yes to three or more… Oh boy! You need to release your fear of being judged, ridiculed or losing control for a more playful, childlike attitude towards life.
Go out there and purposefully do silly things, playful fun things, new things. Make it a new habit to do at least one a week. And have fun with it.
Oh yes! And make it a lifestyle practice to not judge yourself and accept yourself unconditionally, just as you are right now.
You are perfect for your purpose.