The Best You

The Best You

When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”

-Helen Keller 


Josh stepped back and gazed at the vase he had created. It was beautiful. But more than that, it had been a truly satisfying experience.  He had conceived the idea and crafted it with his own hands.  The finished product was not only a work of art, it was a work of the heart.

But his pottery was a personal pursuit; something he did by night after work.  By day, he worked in an office at a job that felt slightly too confining and structured for him.  Josh was quickly coming to the understanding that his hobby was an extremely rewarding process that energized and inspired him, while his job stifled his creativity and limited his potential.  In essence, his job was making him miserable. 

Unfortunately, as Josh can attest, consistently operating out of alignment with your uniqueness, deprives you of the opportunity to be and do your best.  It’s like being a fish out of water trying to do something other than swim. 

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, or if you’d simply like to make sure you’re on the right track, try these exercises:

1. Determine your Lifestyle goals.

• Ask yourself:  What’s important to me? (Family, friends, spiritual matters, intellectual pursuits, wealth, etc., or a combination of several).  How do I want to spend my time? What do I love to do?  What makes me feel like me?

• Create goals based on the answers to these questions.  (Ex. Fitness Goals, Thinking Goals, Relationship Goals, Financial Goals, etc.)

2. Appreciate your uniqueness.

• Create two columns.

• Label the first column Things I do extremely well and list those things you believe you do very well. Consider both professional and personal activities. 

• Label the second column Why I am passionate about this and answer according to the first column.

• Create a “Unique Me” statement, based on your list.

Understanding that you are unique, with unique ideas, abilities, and passions, is the first step in becoming the most authentic you . . . and an authentic you will lead to the best you.  





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