Life isn’t measured by your grades on a report card, the trophy you earned playing sports in high school or the award you received at work for being _____ of the Year (fill in the blank with doctor, lawyer, teacher, writer, architect, etc.) Life is about who you are, deep inside, when no one is watching. How you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror. Life is about love, relationships and real, meaningful connection. Life is about discovering what you do best and then sharing your unique gifts and talents with the world.
Someone once told me that getting ahead in business is all about who you know. Well, I think “getting ahead” in life is all about who you know! And, you have to begin by knowing yourself. Spend the time to go within and discover what you’re passionate about. What causes or hobbies do you really enjoy? What would you choose to do on a Sunday if you didn’t have all the typical obligations of everyday life? This is your life and you might as well make the most of it.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading Brené Brown’s work. Brené Brown is a PhD, LMSW, and author of The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and she’s also a research professor at the University of Houston. Brené urges us to allow ourselves to be vulnerable, with no assurance of acceptance or appreciation. She defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.” Be brave enough to lean in to the discomfort of being vulnerable–you might just find freedom there.
If you’d like to read more about Brené Brown, please visit www.brenebrown.com
When you have 20 minutes free, check out her TED talks. I promise it will be well worth your time! http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html