Being the Best YOU

Your real strength comes from being your best YOU.
— Po, in Kung Fu Panda 3 (emphasis mine).

In Kung Fu Panda 3, Po finds that he is a terrible teacher of Kung Fu until he has this breakthrough. Once he comes to this realization, he stops trying to "teach" kung fu, and instead invites his panda family and friends to do their very best at what they already do, then he applies their skillset to the art of kung fu. I find this to be true beyond the martial arts as well. Do you find that you are hitting your head against an imaginary wall? Maybe you are spending too much effort trying to do something rather than building on what you already are and have. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it is also the most common form of self-sabotage. We think to ourselves, "If only I was like so-and-so who can do such-and-such." While I maintain there is a place for admiration, education, and for inspiration from others, our deepest strengths lie in being true to ourselves.