It’s a simple concept. To be courageous in a way that is stubborn. Do it audaciously.
It sounds great on paper, but practically speaking, how is this achieved? If you’re like me, the big risky projects are overwhelming and it’s hard to even grasp the idea of speaking in front of millions of people.
But if we were to speak with those few who are successful, would they say they started with those stadiums?
I would say not. I think it took just one step. Then another… and another… and even if they’re small steps, at least, they’re steps, right? So often we discount the steady for the passive. Just because we don’t see results on the surface doesn’t mean no progress has been made.
Let’s talk basics. Practical…
Who are you?
Let’s go deeper than our occupations. My job title may be Administrative Assistant, but I am so much more than that. Our occupations are not who we are. It’s what we do. We’ve all heard the saying, “pretending to be someone else” but what does that actually mean?
I think one way a person can “pretend” is to not be sure of them. Maybe they are a little insecure? Or maybe they even come across as being shy. I’ve been under that label of shy many times. But I also am an observer. Those who are quiet are fierce.
If you want to know what is going on in the room? Ask the quiet one.
Do me a favor and write the question “who am I” in your journal. There is no fail here. Don’t try to edit yourself because I’m not looking at your paper.
Here is mine: My name is Haley. I am loved. My Papa loves me. I am the Daughter of the Highest King. That is who I am. I am also a sister. I am a friend. I am stubbornly courageous.
What are your strengths?
Some people call those things gifts. Now… Write that down. Make a list if you’re brave. It’s not bragging. It’s acknowledgment of what Papa has given you.
I am a person who loves being “the coach.” People might not think this is a big thing, but I think everyone needs a “coach” in their corner. I believe it was Mark Twain who said, he liked people, therefore, people liked him. To me, a stranger is just someone I haven’t met yet. I’m not an extroverted person, but I’m a social introvert.
I also have a natural strength of being positive. No matter what the circumstance may be, I tend to be that butterfly fluttering in the breeze.
Now that you have your strengths listed, in what ways you could strengthen those gifts?
For me? I find that person that needs encouragement and I do whatever I can to see that their day is better. Success doesn’t always look like money or a nice house or car.
I am successful when I love well.
In what ways have you seen your gifts create success?
I would hope we could all have the courage to embrace our gifts and present our true selves to those around us.
No one can be you but you.