I encourage you to read ” ” prior to this blog to better understand the focus of this message.
Now before we begin, grab a pen and paper.
1. What do you enjoy doing?
It sounds like a silly question, but so many people are clueless to what they enjoy doing. No activity is too small. Write them all down, and then start paying attention to how many of the events you think you enjoy doing in a day. It’s important to pay attention to do you: (a) actually enjoy doing the activity for small amounts of time, (b) actually feel alive while doing the activity all day, or (c) you want to want to like the activity, but down.
I began writing in a journal at the age of six, and it took me until my mid-20s to realize writing is something I feel alive doing. I never realized how much I enjoyed writing because people told me I was a lousy writer in grade school. I encourage you to write down what you enjoy and not what others have said you are good or bad at, but what brings you joy.
What brings you joy? Well to help with this, in case you are an over-thinker – write down ALL that comes to mind.
2. What energizes you?
When you lack energy what activities refuel you? Think about when you feel lethargic, fatigued, maybe even slightly bored – what makes you a little giddy or excited? You might find this odd, but your body was designed to fulfill your life’s mission successfully. Whatever your purpose is your body was intended to complete it and will get more energy from doing such activities. It will all come naturally to you. You might find it hard to come down at the end of the day because the participation in such activities creates an enormous release of adrenaline for you.
3. If you could do any job in the world, what would you do and why?
Ever since I was two years old, I have always dreamt of being an actress. As a young child, I was notorious for getting on top of our family room’s table to entertain our guest. I began training as an actor at the age of seven, and after years of training realized I was not any good at acting, but I yearned to be on the camera and to be famous. I kept asking myself the question, “what is really driving this dream of mine?” Well, I finally got to the bottom of it. Every time I dreamed of being a famous actress, winning awards and giving speeches, I had a parallel dream next to it. I thought if I could become a famous actress, I could do what authentically enticed me – empower, inspire, encourage, and motivate people to be their best and follow their dreams becoming their most authentic self and achieving their highest potential. My brain made me think I had to go this path to make that happen. When I found the ultimate dream after constant reflection, I eliminated the route of acting and went straight to the heart of the matter. I started to do what I always wanted to do. Inspire, empower, encourage, give hope, and connect people to their true self. I never understood why, if we are all one of a kind, why would we want to be like anyone else?
4. What are your unique abilities?
What do people consider to be your talents, gifts, abilities, strengths, and characteristics that describe you? What do people count on you for? What impression do you leave on people? Most likely, people will and have told you the same thing. Please don’t be afraid to email nine of your closest friends these questions. Capture and highlight those moments.
5. What are five things that bring you joy?
What do all of these things have in common? Are there similarities? Alternatively, are they completely random?
While these five questions might not seem like a massive step towards becoming your authentic self, what they are doing is building and strengthening your self-awareness, which is critical for you to become and behave as your authentic self. Why? Because your brain will start to observe things you may or may not have observed before. Just as it takes time to develop your brain intellectually, so will it take time to develop your Spirit man.
In posts to come, I will provide insight into who you are, how to change and improve what you don’t like about yourself, as well as how to identify the weeds that are robbing you from a fruitful and prosperous life. What you are doing here is personal development work, and without a keen self-awareness, you are quite frankly a time bomb waiting to explode because you are living in fear, not love. However, with strong self-awareness operating from your spirit, which only knows love, you can begin to reach your highest potential really, but only if you are willing to do the hard work.