How to Bring Your Full Self to LifeBy Homaira Kabir
Would you love to express parts of yourself if only it was worth the time? (Perhaps an artistic flair or a passion for the Tarantella?) Or do you feel that there isn't much to you beyond the skills you've mastered in a dull or meaningless job? Sadly, we're often unaware or unappreciative of the many facets of our inner prism and fail to bring our full selves to life. We leave our hidden gems of genius unexplored and our buried passions unexpressed.
These personal resources, along with our experiences in life, are our unique perspective and our difference to the world. Understanding and appreciating what we are all about is what allows us to step out of ourselves and repay our "gifts" to the world. Our reward is the happiness and fulfillment we get in return.
We each have something valuable that the world needs to hear. Unless we figure it out and devise a plan to pursue it with passion, it will stay hidden and lead to a life of regrets. The good news is, getting started is easier than we think:
Connect to Your Core
Living fully is based on one simple premise—we have to know who we are. Sir Ken Robinson likens our personal resources to natural resources—we have to search for them, dig them out and then begin to craft a life around them. Instead, we define ourselves solely by our skills and talents, and fail to appreciate the fuel that energizes these talents. To discover what really lies beneath our expertise, we need to think of the following:
- What are the values I hold dear?
- How do I express myself creatively?
- What are the character strengths that I display?
- What are the passions that I’d love to pursue?
Identifying these will let you see the sides of you that you may have taken for granted and that could perhaps become your niche. Even better, expressing parts of yourself that are inherently you will bring you happiness and allow you to live life fully, not just successfully.
Know Your Narrative
Humans are excellent storytellers. We make sense of our past through narrative. Our experiences become the building blocks of stories we tell ourselves and the lives we live, often unconsciously. Owning our experiences, and thinking through the way in which they have contributed to the person we are, allows us to craft empowering stories that charter the course of a future that brings our full selves to life. We connect to the difference we bring and find the motivation to pursue it with passion. Here are a few questions that can help in the process:
- What are the moments from my life that define me?