Imagine clothing racks where all the items are stuffed on hangers and shoved onto the racks in no particular order. Crumpled shiny shirts like the ones John Travolta wore in Saturday Night Fever, co-mingling with pairs of brightly colored spandex leggings circa 1980. In between the disarray of out-of-date, out-of-style garments a lone little black dress, pristine in appearance, hangs in waiting, hoping to be seen in and amongst the mismatched, discounted goods.
Have you ever felt like that lone, pristine little black dress, overlooked and under valued? Not being seen or heard in amongst the crowd.
I know I have, many times.
Here’s some harsh truth…
We, my friends, are that dress any time we show up as “less than”, small or insignificant. It is our actions and the way we treat ourselves that places us on that cramped rack in the bargain basement.
I didn’t get that concept until one day the following quote landed on my desk:
“If you feel like others are not treating you with love and respect, check your price tag. Perhaps you subconsciously marked yourself down. Because it is YOU who tells others what you’re worth by showing them what you are willing to accept for your time and attention. So get off the clearance rack. If you don’t value and respect yourself, wholeheartedly, no one else will either.” Unknown
And then it made sense as to why I was attracting all the wrong people into my life and why I felt under valued and not seen. I was playing small and treating myself as an insignificant person so it's no wonder I became a bargain basement item. The reality is, we teach people to treat us as bargain basement items any time we…
So, here’s my question, how ready are you to get off the bargain basement clearance rack? Because here’s the reality…you can. We all have the capability to say good-bye to the mismatched, discounted goods on that cluttered rack.
Tips for getting off the clearance rack and out of the bargain basement:
Remember, the things we have or what we do for others is not a measurement of our value. Our value is measured by how we feel about ourselves. Here's to staying out of the bargain basement, because we don't belong there!
Sending much love and light to you...