What has happened in your life that enhances YOUR uniqueness? As you continue on this journey of truly discovering yourself, you should take inventory of the stuff that makes you – well, YOU!
This is blog 4 in the series of blogs designed to help you live into your potential, and today we will wrap up the Self-Awareness step. Of course, we are only riding the top of the waves in this process, but even so this journey will help you. We have already looked at understanding your behavioral (personality) style and your values and deeply held beliefs. Did you dig into that? I hope so, because that info when really understood will greatly improve your self-image – I say it again, your self-image will either make or break you!
Now, lets think about your life experiences. Looking back, what have been your pivot points? Who has had a huge impact on your life? What skills, talents, and abilities have you developed? What do you do well? What do others look to you to bring to the table of life?
You may already know that I was expelled from high school, and joined the Army at the age of 18. That has had a huge impact on who I am. Some of that impact was negative, and a lot of the impact was very positive. In the Army I began my development as a leader, and received great training in that development process. At the age of 20 I was sent to the Army’s Drill Sergeant School, and then was assigned to Ft. Benning, GA as a Drill Sergeant responsible for 50 new recruits. I found that training, speaking, coaching, providing accountability so those men could be equipped for their service during the Vietnam era, gave me a great sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Today, I continue speaking, coaching, and training people. Helping them maximize their potential.
Look back and determine what experiences in life have had an impact on you. Your education, your training, your natural aptitudes, the skills you have developed, these are important for you to know. What have you done that brought a real sense of fulfillment, purpose, and passion? Taking time to put that inventory together helps you begin to understand what God created you to be. I think of it as discovering the YOU God is making!
You have gifts, talents and abilities that can be used to make a difference in the lives of others. You are special. You are unique. So continue on this journey and learn the other steps in maximizing your potential.
Make this day a great day!