Who are You?
One of the first things I want you to begin to do right now is to take a brave look at your life. Look at your life right now where it is! Then let me ask you some questions as you begin to look out on the future look out on this year let’s take some personal inventory,
what has brought you here? As you begin to look at the things that took place this past year did you get out of it what you wanted?
Did you achieve the goals that you set out to achieve?
What part of your life or what things that you do that you don’t want to be a part of your life?
Are there any people as you begin to look at your life and look at where you want to go and what you want to do are there any people that might be some dead weight, that you need to think about unloading?
Because what you have found through that relationship it’s more toxic than it is nourishing, it’s more debilitating than it is empowering and so now you’ve got to make a decision, see if many of us won’t be able to move forward because we’re not taking true inventory of our lives as you begin to look at your emotional your spiritual and intellectual development;
How many books did you read?
How many seminars did you attend?
How many classes that you take to develop yourself professionally?
To improve your craft or your skill how many new things that you learn?
What’s your philosophy of life?
What are your beliefs; things that you feel very strongly about ?
what are some of the things that you have picked up along the way that you’ve been doing them for so long?
You need to begin to re-examine them and perhaps get them out of your life, see a lot of things we’re doing we do unconsciously because we picked it up somewhere in life, a friend of mine out of Chicago named Rio Steele, I was at her house to have dinner Rio who was born in Chicago has a tremendous Southern drawl, after I met her mother I said where did Rio get her southern drawl from she said my sisters came up from Kentucky and they used to be her babysitter and she picked it up while in their present and Rio still has that drawl.
What is it that you picked up somewhere in life that may be a liability to you what fear what beliefs that you’re holding on to tenaciously that’s no longer allowing your life to work, it’s not enabling you to produce the results that you want to produce in your life and you’re still clinging to them?
As we go into new world there’s some old behaviors that just won’t fit, what are the events one of the circumstances one of the people that have shaped you?
Think of one of the things that you need to let go, some things that have cost you pain that’s stifling your growth and development what are those things as you begin to look at your profession or your career, what is it that you need to do to begin to upgrade your skills or your knowledge to continue for you to be competitive in the marketplace.
As you begin to look at yourself and ask some of these questions what is something that you’re good at are you living your passion are you living your dream what do you regard is your greatest personal achievement what is the one thing that other people can do to make you most happy let’s think about these things??
what would you do if you had one year to live and guaranteed success in anything you decided to do what would that be?
What would you do with your life if you had to live over getting to know yourself, what is one value one deep commitment from which you would never bulge?
What is one cause that you would like to become involved in to make a difference on the planet?
I work in the Cook County Jail in Chicago it gives my life a great deal of joy and fulfillment have you found something like that in your life? that you could enjoy working with people.
I have a friend who is working with physically handicapped people, she said it’s been the most rewarding experience she has ever had she used to be a constantly depressed individual always feeling sorry for herself it has changed her life she’s a grateful person now, she’s found something that she’s lost herself in.
What is your biggest setback/failure or defeat of the past year what is it about?
What is it about you that if someone really knew they wouldn’t get into a relationship with you??Now don’t go tell it but once you acknowledge what that is then start working on and changing it, it’s easy to blame the other person, but start taking ownership for where you are.
Are you proud of how you have been living your life?
Have you explored your natural talents, your gifts, by enthusiastically trying a variety of activities?
Ladies and gentlemen, a lot of us have so much talent and abilities we just put them back on the back burner just left them aside some please never did anything with them never brought them out here used to do them extremely well in high school or college or just had a natural gift and never did anything with it.
what gifts are you sitting on?
Have you resign yourself to life feeling that nothing can be done to change your future or your circumstances?
Have you been afraid to try something different because you’re afraid of how people will react to you or what they will think?
Those are some of the things that I suggest that you begin to answer yourself now, begin to look at working on to develop your character, some things that will give you some personal strength.
Character is the pattern of behavior of personality found in an individual or group. Moral strength, self-discipline, fortitude is what’s going to be required in order to begin to manifest your greatness now looking at yourself one of the things I’m suggesting you look at is it that you need to be in the process of doing more or lesser.
I decided to do one thing well I looked at all of my talents and I decided the strongest one my ability as a speaker that’s the one I’m going to focus on but I’m capable of doing a lot of other things but only when I decided to focus then I began to reap the rewards of my tower and then after you do that you can begin to expand and use the other talents that you have decided.