Rise anew. It’s in you.
1. Passion: What do you cry about?
What breaks your heart? What gets you worked up, angry, passionate, justice-driven? Think of it this way; it’s the thing that brings you so much discomfort that you are motivated to take action and be a part of the healing process. This is where your heart is. Listen to it.
“To know how to say what other people only think, is what makes men poets and sages; and dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers.” – Elizabeth Rundle Charles
2. Purpose: What do you sing about?
What makes you happy? What energizes you? What resonates deeply within you? Frame it like this: It’s the thing you would do for free. It’s the thing that you do that brings joy to your work and makes you feel purposeful.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to make some difference that you have lived and live well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. Potential: What do you dream about?
This expands the possibilities and scales up what you think is possible. This is where you really start to maximize your potential and see the value in growing yourself– when you have a dream that’s bigger than you alone.
“Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power…Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner
I know, it’s a little overwhelming to think through, so I have a suggestion. Focus on your strengths. This is the key to understanding your why, and being able to tell your story.
Here’s what my mentor, John, says about knowing your why, “Once you find your why, you will be able to find your way.” Once you tap into your “why,” and you understand the reason for doing what you do, then your life will open up to the potential and significance you desire to experience.
As a leader, you must be able to tell your story. Your story will inspire others.
Ask any child, and they will tell you that a story begins with once upon a time and wraps up with happily ever after. Right now, you are somewhere in between those two phrases – right in the middle of your own story.
The things that you do today will create the story that you will tell tomorrow.
Know your strengths, understand your why, and maximize your potential.
Your homework for today is to find your why by asking yourself these three questions:
What do you cry about?
the powerful taking advantage of those who are not in power. Not having my harp.
What do you sing about?
Having my harp, worshipping the Lord, healing others.
What do you dream about?
playing the harp, healing others, traveling, writing.