I have a confession to make. I’ve spent a good portion of my life looking at who I am NOT rather than looking at who I AM. By all standards, I’ve accomplished a lot in my lifetime. I’m a driven individual and I doggedly follow my passions. However, rather than acknowledging it, I looked at all the things I hadn’t done. Like everyone, I’m a work in progress.
When I became aware of my internal processing, it was startling to see how contradictory it was to the philosophies I practice, share and teach. First, it’s not the external measuring stick that matters. We are already “good enough” and don’t need to do anything to deserve the title. We are born gifted, valuable, unique and special.
Our roles don’t define us, either. Nope, they are simply a category in life that we serve over a given timeframe. Roles come and go over our lifetime. However, our roles don’t provide a qualitative value of who we are as a person. It took a rough patch in my life to figure out I had confused my roles with my identity. I got lost in my roles and they became my vision of my identity. When I learned they were only roles I played, then I had to begin the serious work of peeling back the layers to discover who I was at the core.
Here’s what I discovered:
I am clever, determined, bold, empowered, fabulous, enough, authentic, vulnerable, undeniable, evolved, sharp, saavy, WISE, creative, sacred, resilient, strong, tenacious, magnificent, worthy, edgy, delightful, FUN, powerful, and MORE!
Who are you? When you peel back the layers and look at your core, who do you see?
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