We are all unique individuals with our experiences, culture, perspectives, and beliefs. We need to embrace these differences that define us and own who we are in order to be true to ourselves.
So often people feel they need to conform, fade back and shy away from what truly makes them unique and special to all of those around them. We need to be free to show up as ourselves and let our own light shine in all we do.
Not only do we need to accept ourselves, but we need to be open to others and their differences. Even when we don’t agree or understand, we need to be tolerant and accepting that others may find a different path.
Part of owning our authentic self is living a life that is purposeful to us. What are you passionate about? What makes you stand up and shout ‘YES!’ And at the end of the day, what gives you a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in some small or big way?
These are the activities you should pursue and fill your days with. Many people live their lives regretting that they didn’t do something that they had always dreamed they’d want to do. What is stopping you? I say go out and do your dream – make it your reality.
I challenge you to draw a circle and divide it up by where you spend your time each day – how much of your 24 hour day is spent sleeping, working, with family, with friends, exercising, meditation/spiritual, etc…
Are you happy with how you are spending your time? Are you focusing on what’s important to you? Are you maintaining a healthy balance? So many times we let life have its way with us instead of managing what’s important to us. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day activities and lose sight of what is truly important.
I made a shift in my life a couple of years ago after making this very same assessment. I was not balanced in what was important to me. I was not spending any time on my health/fitness, I wasn’t sleeping enough, and I no longer found purpose in the work I was doing. I made a conscious decision to leave my executive career in the IT industry and begin several entrepreneurial ventures.
I carefully chose what I embarked on by what was purposeful and what I had passion about. I regained balance in my daily life. I embarked on an exercise regimen that lead me to become a triathlete where I swim, bike and run my way to keeping in shape. I wake up every day and know that every moment is meaningful and the work I do matters.
It is magical to take your passion and sense of purpose and focus your work in that direction. The possibilities and opportunities are endless!