It’s not okay to put yourself down.

Let me rephrase that: it’s NEVER okay to put yourself down.

It’s the age-old question: “What is the meaning of life?” What we’re really asking is, “What is my life’s purpose?”

I’ll tell you your purpose: You are here to be the best YOU that you can be.

Your purpose is to take the life you’re given and use it to do more. You have value, and you increase your own value as you choose to invest in yourself.

Your purpose is to use what you’ve got right at this moment to improve your own situation and that of those who surround you.

Every good decision you make is a step toward a multitude of better opportunities. No matter how minute it may seem, daily progress should be your goal.

There’s one catch: You must be your own biggest fan to continue to make progress.

Confidence is about knowing who you are and what you can do, and your belief in yourself shows on the outside.

You need to know deep in your heart that you are valuable.

You need to believe you have something to offer.

Your potential can only be realized if you refuse to put yourself down.

Whatever stage you’re at in life, you are responsible for continuing to make progress. Even the tiniest progress is important.

Dorothy Day once wrote, “People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.”

Never put yourself down, and don’t allow anyone else to do it, either.

Just keep going, pushing yourself to achieve something more each and every day.

Esther Hofknecht Curtis, BSOL, MSM-HCA is a freelance writer from Smyrna, Delaware. Go to to learn more.

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