When you say the word “me,” you probably feel pretty clear about what that means. It’s one of the things you’re clearest on in the whole world—something you’ve understood since you were a year old. You might be working on the question, “Who am I?” but what you’re figuring out is the who am part of the question—the I part is obvious. It’s just you. Easy. But when you stop and actually think about it for a minute—about what “me” really boils down to at its core—things start to get pretty weird.
Stressed. Anxious. Exhausted. Drained. Some common topics every individual feels nowadays. (you can relate?) This is how many employees feel at work, everyday chores and even after having small tasks accomplished (since the feeling of accomplishing even a small task has a psychological sense of fulfillment) due to stressors like longer work hours, more-frequent hassles, the need to do more with fewer resources, and so on. Such work stress has been shown to induce anxiety and anger, unethical behavior, poor decision making, and chronic exhaustion and burnout — all of which impair personal and organizational performance.
Disappointment is inevitable; it is how you deal with it that sets the blueprint for the rest of your life!
Everyone has at least one sour-faced relative, friend or neighbor with an embittered soul who never has a good thing to say about anyone or anything! Such people move around with curdled expressions and malevolent eyes, *nary a smile on their lips… Do you think life has dealt them a more unfair deal than to others? What embittered them so much that their view of the world and fellow beings became so jaundiced?
The more I grow up, the wider my perspective seems to get. Like a camera lens that re-focuses from a narrowly defined macro shot out to a wider-angled view of life.
In my naïveté, I used to take a my-way-is-the-highway approach to everything, sharing opinions from soap boxes in my relationships and in my writing. And even now seeing life through a broad lens doesn't come naturally to me.
I still have strong opinions and convictions on certain issues; I'm not afraid of absolutes. But time and life experience have helped me to develop the wisdom to learn to try to share my opinions with grace and love.
As I move through life I'm learning to intentionally allow things into my life that will grow my perspective in the gray areas. And let's be honest, a lot of life is gray.
Finding your passion isn't only about career and money. It's about finding your authentic self. The one you've buried under other people's needs.
The fact is, there are millions of other people (males and females) in the world, and many of them are going to have careers, lives, and businesses similar to yours. But, the keyword is similar. Nobody can replicate the genius you possess. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will set yourself free from the fear and insecurity that plagues so many of these people on this planet.
Let's read along on how to add depth to your voice and create from a place that matters to you.