Sunday, June 12, 2011
We are constantly invited to be who we are
“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” by Henry David Thoreau
Every day we wake up to a world that is focused on production and performance. You are asked to do things that are a function of an established set of prescribed standards. You believe your ability to successfully perform is a measure of your worth and value. You grow up with the misguided belief that “who” you are is an indicator of how well you do things. When you don’t do them well,
you create the false belief you are subpar, below average, not worthy and even a failure.
What we have failed to accept is that your performance needs to be a function of identifying “who” you are and what values/ principles define who you have chosen to become. You need to identify the specific character traits/values such as compassion, connection, creativity, collaboration and many more that immediately ignite your inner sparks to create your own inner bon fire. Without the sparks there is no fire.
You are challenged every day to enter your own inner sanctum and discover your own unique inner sparks, the ones that will ignite your own version of what makes you tick.
When you know the source of your inner fire, your passion will automatically take you to a place where “what” you do will be aligned with” who” you are. I call that personal integrity.
You are invited every day of your life to identify “who” you are and then match your actions with your own integrity. When you do, “who” you are will be as natural as breathing. You will also find the sparks to your special, passionate bonfire.
Who you are is not “what” you do or how well you do it. Who you are is “who” you believe yourself to be. Find out who that is, match your actions with that new discovery and watch how HOT it gets!!
• Who do you believe you are?
• What are the character traits/values that define who that is?
• What is something you can do to express that trait/value?
• When will you do it?