5 Ways To Be Un-Beautiful

I’ve written a lot about true beauty. But I haven’t reflected on what true beauty is not. So here are five ways to be truly un-beautiful…

1. Peer into the bathroom mirror more than you peer into the beauty of others’ souls.
True beauty is outward-focused. It invests in others more than oneself. 

2. Build your life on your outward appearance.
As my friend Jennifer Strickland says, “Anywhere you find a girl building her life on her outward appearance, you will find a broken girl.”

3. View others as competitors and see your “friends” as threats.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” It’s also the enemy of contentment. As women we should focusing on completing one another, not competing.

4. Question your value relentlessly.
To lack beauty, never stand secure in your true identity. Insecurity is unattractive.

5. Build your worth on shifting sand.
A sure way to lose your true beauty is to build your life on things which are destined to perish: one’s talents, looks, accomplishments and possessions. True beauty is unfading, eternal.

     What are other ways to be truly un-beautiful?

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This is part of the Choose Beauty Linkup—an ongoing series that focuses on topics related to beauty—what real beauty is, what makes us feel beautiful, how we pursue lasting beauty in our lives, the roots behind our body image issues, etc. Through our posts, we’ll share thoughts, experiences, inspirations, challenges and more with the hope of changing the voice about beauty that we’re hearing in our culture today. Read my previous posts in the series here, and join the conversation by hitting “click here to enter” below.

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