While being snowed in last week, I finally got around to watching the season finale of Marvel’s: Agent Carter on my DVR. This series is amazing and better than most movies. Also, Agent Peggy Carter is freakin’ awesome. I will avoid any and all spoilers because if you missed the short season, you should go catch it onDemand or something. It’s worth the watch. Something amazing happened at the end of the final episode. Agent Carter witnesses someone else getting all the credit for something that she invested so much in. One of the other agents challenged her on why she wouldn’t just step in and take the credit she deserved. Her response was a game changer.
“I know my value, anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter. ” Agent Peggy Carter
Boom! When you know your worth and value, everything changes. Aside from the fact that Agent Carter is a deadly trained secret agent, her knowing her value is her greatest strength.
Here are four truths that will help you think like a secret agent….
There is only one you.
Dr. Seuss was right, “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” It’s pretty straight forward, the odds of you being born, at this time, in this place and circumstance are 1 in 400 Billion. No one can replace you. Most of us waste our lives trying to be someone else rather than just being the person we’re made to be. The only script is the one that you’re writing.
People’s opinions only matter if you let them.
Society says we are defined by being accepted. Wrong. In fact, most people who make a lasting mark on history didn’t invest their energy into changing other people’s opinions. I’m not just talking about negative opinions either. If the scoreboard of your life is determined by public opinion, you are playing a game you will never win. Great freedom comes in knowing your value and not attaching it to the opinion of others.
Focus on what is Mission Critical.
There is one thing we will never be able to create more of – time. Our time here on Earth is limited. The things, people, and projects that I am involved with better be super important because the time I am investing in them is something I will never get back. Even when I paid for my time many times that is time away from family. So I have to choose to invest my time on what is Mission Critical. (Hint: That mission is something bigger than you.)
You Matter, a lot.
For me, nothing has changed my understanding of how much I am worth more than knowing that the Creator of the Universe sent His one and only Son to leave Heaven for Earth because He loved me. There is nothing greater than knowing I’m loved, valued, and of great worth to a Savior that died in my place. It reminds me of who has sent me on the mission ahead. When you show up knowing who is behind you, everything changes.
So attack today knowing that you are valuable and here on purpose. What you do with today matters!