To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
– Pete Seeger (Turn! Turn! Turn! – Based on the Book of Ecclesiastes)
I have a prediction: Once you reconnect with the part of you that is incomparable and unusual – that inborn piece of you that sets you apart from everyone else – your ability to accomplish your dreams will skyrocket. Interested? Well, today I’m going to ask lots of questions. It all starts with these:
What is your uniqueness?
What is your purpose?
What are you built for?
When I ask people these questions, I usually get responses that range from what they want to “do” to what they want to “achieve.” These are not what I’m looking for in my inquiries. Rather, I want to know what sets you apart from every other person on this planet and makes you ONE OF A KIND. Most of us have talents, skills, and a knowledge set that we have learned throughout the years. But . . . if you think back to your childhood, I’m willing to bet that there have been some things you’ve been the best at for quite some time. For example, with me, I’ve always been good at quickly solving puzzles, seeing and explaining patterns and structures to things, people, and events, and, of course, magic! When I think back on my life, those insatiable patterns keep repeating as the fundamental bases for how I manifest and attain my desires (see, I’ve even done it there – I can’t help myself).
Perhaps it’s time for you to start getting clear on what it is that you do that causes you to say, “I can’t help it” because “it’s just what I do.” Once you begin to revisit, reconnect with, and recognize the uniqueness that set you apart in your youth from others, you will find a whole new level of excitement, creativity, and inspiration in your present. Suddenly, the whole Universe opens to you as you begin to fathom out the true “why” to your life; an explanation, by the way, of what causes conflict to arise (usually when you are not being authentic to your uniqueness).
So, what do you say about getting to know yourself all over again and embracing and cherishing your individuality once and for all?
THE “WHAT ARE YOU BUILT FOR?” PROCESS
STEP ONE. Think back to when you were 10-16 years old. What are the positive things you remember doing that you were especially good at? What did you think were your talents, interests, skills, and abilities that you, alone, had? What natural gifts did you have that your friends and family marveled at? Make a list of all that comes to mind.
STEP TWO. Look over the list you developed in Step One. Let’s dig even deeper. Are there any attributes you wrote down that are really an outcome of a more profound skill set? How independent were you? Did you have self-confidence? Were you highly imaginative? Perhaps you were a very focused kid. Or you might have been highly passionate. And how about your optimism?
STEP THREE. Having assembled your list, now pay attention to the patterns that have emerged. You will begin to see two or three primary structures to YOU. I have had people suddenly remember that they loved to draw or paint and that such creative expression set their spirits free. Others remembered that they were the rules followers and they could stick with a plan better than anyone else. Still others were natural-born nourishers – they cared for siblings, pets, perhaps even parents or friends and the rendering of such aid fulfilled them.
STEP FOUR. Now pay attention to your life the way it is RIGHT NOW. Of the things you discovered in Steps One through Three, what got left behind or forgotten as you aged? More importantly, take some time and contemplate on how your life would be better if you reintroduced what you unveiled in Steps One through Three into your life today.
You are here with a purpose. Most of us have gotten so caught up in day-to-day living that we’ve forgotten what it is. We knew it once . . . when we were kids. It’s time to play, again, don’t you think?
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