Sunday, January 29, 2017

Know Yourself Better: Your Starting Place

The rest of this series: Time to ask,  Time to answer, Create and Express

You've sat on it for a week. You put your creation away and did life. Now it's time to pull it back out and see if it still resonates. In a few years down the line you may adjust this, tweak it, or add to/subtract from it, but right now what you have created will sit within the middle of you and belong. This is important.

We have not created a vision through this process. What we did was reveal who you are and the boundaries by which you will live. So no matter where you are going, these two things will be needed. 

If you don't know who you are you will get turned over. You'll end up behaving in ways that aren't true to your center and your design. It's not that you fit that design perfectly, we grow every day and hopefully we are growing into that design, but knowing who you are allows you to behave true to that.

This also defines how you are going to get where you are going. What are you willing to do? How will you live that character? If you don't have this set out then you will end up going wherever the wind takes you. 

As I said, we didn't define our visions, but without our identity and boundaries we'll still end up someplace we don't want to go. Know who you are, and then whenever you face a choice you can live out of that. Know how you want to get there, and then when a decision is to be made you know how to make it. Maybe you don't have a vision for your life outside of living each day as it comes, that's okay. But you still need to know who you are, and how you want to live your life.

Hopefully you have defined those two things because when you have a bad day, coming back to those will recenter you. When you do make a decision you didn't think about, coming back to your boundaries will help you get back on track. Reviewing who you are will remind you that you can get through those circumstances.

It seems the next step in this would be to come up with a vision for your life. I've done it before, and I should do it again, but I haven't done it yet. There are many great resources for doing it, and I am sure I will be relooking into many books I have on my shelves. Whether you take that next step or not I hope the work you have done to this point gives you a place to return to when you need to.

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