At one time or another, perhaps even on a daily basis, we may ask ourselves, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose in life?” Do you believe that we only exist to be a mother or father, a sister or brother, a salesman, a doctor, a lawyer, or a lump on the couch? Are these simply characteristics of our being or labels that we carry to describe our purpose in life? To paraphrase Socrates, “a life unexamined is a life not worth living.”
Self-discovery leads to self-awareness, and the process of self-discovery, more often than not, proves to be an exhilarating and enlightening journey. It is a deep and purposeful exploration of the very core of your authentic self. The journey can uncover strengths, weaknesses, gifts, talents, values, and passions that you may not realize you have. Sadly, some people don’t believe for one moment that they possess gifts, talents, values, or passions! There is nothing that could be further from the truth. Each and every one of us have unique qualities that make us exactly who we are. Just as each of us has one-of-a-kind fingerprints – unlike anyone else in the universe –each of us have distinctive qualities that blend together to create the individuality that no other human being can claim.
Some people believe that although they may possess certain skills and talents, compared to others, theirs are not as good or quite up to par. Yes, you may be a musician and yes, there may be thousands of musicians around the world but nobody marches to the same “beat” as you! One must get past the insecurity of thinking someone else “out there” possesses bigger, better, or more important gifts. As Mother Teresa said, when discussing her missionary work, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But, the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” These are not words of insecurity but of humility. She knew, as did the Danish poet, Piet Heinthat “as eternity is reckoned, there is a lifetime in a second.” Each second and each lifetime counts.
Oftentimes, we will discover that the authentic qualities that make us who we are, are simply buried beneath the everyday layers of commitments, promises, duties, and as I like to say, “should’s, would’s, and could’s.” I strive to show my clients how to be open to the discovery – and the acceptance – of our uniqueness and what makes us “tick”. To do this we need to be willing. Willing to look inside to explore our heart, mind, and soul, to be able to acknowledge our strengths and challenges, our dreams and desires, our fears and our foibles. And, willing to define and grab on to all that is our true self and continue the exploration – even if it feels uncomfortable. The reality is that we often find feelings of surprise and exhilaration!
Are you ready to discover who you truly are? Are you ready to let go of the obstacles and roadblocks that are keeping you stuck? Perhaps you’ve started to discover a little bit about yourself, either by accident or design, and you would like to explore where that journey could lead you. As a life and business coach and master Neuro-Linguistic (NLP) practitioner, I have spent many years learning the tools and techniques to help you break through to and discover the wonderful possibilities of your life’s journey. Consider taking that journey today. Click here for a complementary coaching session or call me at 972-578-4745. Until then, I wish you many beautiful discoveries.