3 Tips for Becoming a DOPE Individual

1. Opinion matters

Everybody and their mama has an opinion about you. Sometimes we believe them and sometimes we don’t. But even the opinions we don’t believe can have the tendency to still seep into the back of our thoughts. Sometimes we can’t even rely on our own opinions of ourselves because even some of those are convoluted. So whose opinion do you trust?

Nobody knows a creation better than the creator of it. And nobody knows you better than God, the Creator. Find out what His opinion of you is because that’s the only one that really matters.

2. Take Responsibility for what you don’t like

There are a million reasons, people, and events that you could list as the culprits for why you aren’t the best version of yourself right now. But no matter how you spin in, the fault is always going to be yours. You may not be able to control what happens in life, but you can control who you allow into yours, how you respond to certain situations, and how hard you are willing to work to become the best version of dope that there is.

There are 2 things that dope individuals never shy away from: a challenge and the truth. So what don’t you like about yourself? If you’re honest, what are some things that annoy you about you? What are some bad habits you have? I challenge you to face the raw truth about yourself. And now that you know who your Creator made you to be, remove the things, habits, and people in your life that are contrary to your true identity.

Here’s a little homework for you (YAY!):

1) Write down each thing that you want to improve on

2) find a related scripture and speak it out loud 3 times in a row, three times a day

3) list a practical, realistic goal to start the process

For example, let’s say my credit score is in the “non-dope” area and I want to decrease the amount of debt I have. I may use Deuteronomy 28:12 as a daily declaration that says “you shall lend to many nations, but never have to borrow”. I can start the process by committing to setting aside a certain amount of money weekly to go towards paying down debt and increasing my credit score. TA-DAAAHH!

3. Stop comparison

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.”

If you want to be dope, you have to be able to appreciate the dopeness of others without being jealous or envious of them. You have to understand that you will NEVER be any less beautiful, intelligent, talented, outgoing, desired, or successful just because someone else is. What’s NOT dope is trying to imitate the dopeness of others.

We can all sniff out fakeness a million miles away, and even if you are a little “weird,” as long as you are being authentic, that weirdness will turn into DOPE for you. Nobody will ever be able to do what you do the way that YOU do it! So give credit where credit is due and continue to do YOU!