We all want to be “Great”. We all want to show our potential.
My question to folk who believe that is, “Who’s the you that you want to reveal?” Do you know? Do you know who you are and what you believe?
You can’t build a house on land you don’t have and can’t see. In the same way, you can’t effectively develop the person you don’t know. Sir John Whitmore once commented, “I am able to control only that which I am aware of. That which I am unaware of controls me. Awareness empowers me.”
Don’t get me wrong, you can become wealthy and great without knowing yourself. All you need to do is follow someone else’s blueprint. But the real problem comes up later in life just like the effects of alcohol abuse or smoking cigarettes reveal in our internal organs after years of indulging.
So what does not knowing yourself reveal later in life? Uneasiness in relational perspectives, lack of contentment, the constant comparing of lifestyles with others are a few of the psychological signposts of a person who hasn’t really found their grounding yet. They may have high executive positions and are extremely wealthy but they are clueless as to what they really want. You can witness this through their highly addictive personalities – searching for something else to fill them.
“If money is your primary goal then go ahead. But if the feeling of fulfillment is a desire that’s important to you then your work is internal first not external,” I repeated this to an athlete and soon-to-be college graduate.
We were on a Skype call and I can sense that our conversation wasn’t going to be about trying to perform better for his lacrosse season. Our conversation was headed wherever it needed to be in that moment.
Graduating from college can be a scary thing if you haven’t taken the time to figure out who you are and what you truly value. And going through that process of figuring yourself out isn’t done in one conversation or one psychological exercise done at a workshop. The process is a lifelong process and the #1 skill to learn now is how to reflect effectively.
Just sharing. #PushForward
P.S. I believe that one of the easiest ways to learn to reflect is to use The Core FOUR connected with our daily mindfulness practice – POWER.
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