You must be self aware.
Aristotle stated “The unexamined life is not worth living,” hundreds of years ago. I have found it not only remains a modern day nicety – it’s downright dangerous to not examine and know who you truly are.
Do you really know you?
What if I told you that you were the eagle in this story? OK, I am. So open your mind, and read with patient reflection what I’m trying to show you.
You in the Story:
A man found an eagle’s egg, and not wanting it to die, he put the egg in a nest of barnyard hens to hatch. The eagle did hatch with the brood of chicks, and grew up happily with them. All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird a above him the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked. “That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” said his neighbor, “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.”
The challenge is this:
Can you accept that you may not even be aware of your own false beliefs about yourself? You don’t know, what you don’t know. So, how do you “know?” How do you find out who the authentic you really is? How do you discover if you are an eagle with golden wings to fly?
3 Quick Self Discovery Questions:
- Do you feel you are/are not living your full potential? Specifically, do you still fill an ache in your heart to do more, be more, accomplish more? You can’t even have the desire if God didn’t place it inside you. If you feel you are designed to do something more, you probably have a pair of eagle wings, needing to fly.
- Imagine you are now dead – What is the first thought that comes into your mind?
Your first thought is the direction you need to follow. Are you following it? Did you feel a gasp that you hadn’t lived a dream, spent time loving someone more, or did you feel peace for a life which expressed daily gratitude for every gift you received?
- What problem infuriates you most?
The problem you despise is the solution you are designed to solve. Are you solving it? Are you using your talents to help create solutions? Are you using your wings? “You can’t make all the mistakes yourself in life, learn from others.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
You need to unlearn old untrue thoughts.
As much as you need to learn new empowering thoughts the most effective way to successfully accomplish this effort is to learn from people who have
already accomplished what you want. Find people you can trust, who know how you feel, understand what you have experienced, and can encourage you to step into your God-given greatness.
Deb Scott, BA, CPC
Deb is Author of the 2 x National Award Winning Book The Sky is Green and The Grass is Blue - turning your upside down world right side up!, a Certified Professional Coach at Discover the Amazing YOU! Coaching, and host of the hit new Best People We Know Show! on Blog Talk Radio. Self Help Radio
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