Who Am I?
“Every person is born with some sort of gift, an inclination or instinct that can become a full-blown mastery.” – Bruce Anderson (FROM THE HEART)
Who are you? Some of the reasons we do not reach our full potential is that we do not know who we are. Sometimes we allow other people or circumstances to define us.
When my children were growing up, I would often say to them, “Remember who you are”. Usually they would retort back “Oh Dad, I am . . .” then they would state their name. My concern was not that they would forget their name, but that they would not remember that they stood for something. I wanted them to remember their heritage.
What do you stand for?
Many of the traditional values that have kept people and families together have been lost to the “hurry up” pace of our society. It seems at times that we have slipped from the moorings that have made us great.
Yet the seeds of greatness are planted in each of us. We just need to nurture them.
T.J. Hoisington in his book “If You THINK You CAN!” states, “We all have great potential and untold wealth within. . . . We are born to win, yet soon we are conditioned to lose.”
So, who are you?
You are more than just a name and a number. You are and always have been a unique individual wrapped in a unique package of elements:
Take a couple of minutes to reflect on this question. Ask yourself; “Who am I?”
This is very important. All of your beliefs are affected by who you believe you are.
It does not matter who others think you are or even who you believe others think you are.
What is important is who you believe you are. Be very honest. It does not matter if you agree or disagree with what others say, what is important is that you know who you are.
What is Your Gift?
“Your Gift is the talent which you feel the deepest connection to, most compelled to learn about, and eager to give.” Your gift is from your heart.
“Talents are things you have an innate capacity for at birth and may or may not chose to engage with, develop, and give. Your talent is an expression of your mind.
“Skills are things you have learned how to do and may or may not enjoy or feel motivated to do.” You exercise your skills through your body and are developed in response to a need.
You connect to each of these through your Spirit, which according to Steven Covey in his book “The Eight Habit” collectively becomes your voice. Your voice is the expression of who you are. When you integrate your gift, talents and skills, you move forward in a way that benefits the most people for the longest time.
When I was doing an internship to work with chemically dependent people, I met Barbara Day-Miller who is the founder and owner of Agape Unlimited.
Barbara and her late husband founded the agency on faith and a shoestring. I will share more about Barbara and her story another time, but her passion to help people who are addicted is the driving force behind an agency that has helped thousands of people change their lives as they have overcome the challenges of addiction.
Her motto is “Love makes a difference”. When she began in the late 1980s the thinking at the time was that alcoholics needed to be confronted harshly in order to stop drinking. Many others in the helping professions at that time resisted her style and actually worked against her.
However, she was able to attract others who while differing in style were supportive of her mission and have been loyal employees. One such person is Janice Foucher who has passionately worked to keep the agency financially solvent. While they have nearly opposite styles and personality, they have managed to work for a common purpose because of their passion for helping people.
Barbara and her staff were able to realize their dreams and passion because they believe that people can and do change. They recognize that hard work and a willingness to stick your neck out in spite of resistance will produce results.
So, how can you find out who you are? We’ll talk more about that in our next article.