“Live On Purpose” Challenge Day 2: Becoming the Person You Are Meant to Be

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." ~E.E. Cummings

One of the most powerful things any of us can do is dare to live up to our fullest potential. In a society where being different is frowned upon, where you are ridiculed, or made fun of for going against what some may deem as “societal norms”, it takes a lot of courage to go against what everyone else is doing and do your own thing. Living a life that is of our own design, while it can be challenging, is the best thing you can ever do for yourself. But in order to live your best life and in order to become the person you are meant to be you have to understand who you are at your deepest, core level. Who you are is not your job, your name or the labels you have given yourself through the years. Who you are is underneath all of that.

We begin to find and become ourselves when we start paying attention to who we are right now and how we got to be this way. Most of us give way too much weight to how others perceive us. Thereby allowing what others think of us to outweigh what we think of ourselves. Not only is this not beneficial to our our self image it contributes to the angst of not being fully present in our own lives. In short, we become fixated with how people perceive us, how to get more of the things that we think will make us happy, and with all the other non consequential things we have convinced ourselves are important. So the real issue is how do we gently stop being who we aren’t? How do we relieve ourselves of the false fronts of people-pleasing and affectation, the obsessive need for power and security, the backpack of old pain, and the psychic Spanx that keeps us smaller and contained?

Therefore, in order to discover who we want to be we have to start by asking ourselves “Who am I right now?”

I want you to think about that in a very broad sense. It’s not about being a writer or an athlete, or any career title. But instead thinking about what kind of person you want to become?