“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Good afternoon, friends! Yes, I know it’s afternoon. The sun has been calling me all day, but work has prevailed. I end this workday thinking of you.
Perhaps you may remember Adm. James Stockdale, the Vice-Presidential running mate to Ross Perot in 1992. In a new famous moment during the VP televised debate of that year Adm. Stockdale opened his remarks asking, “Who am I? Why am I here?” It got a lot of laughs, and cost Perot a lot of votes, but it’s certainly the most intelligent thing said in that or any other political debate of my lifetime.
On the journey of our lives we are all trying to understand who we are. Ask any child and they likely have an answer to who they want to be. Many adults continue to harbor dreams of the self they wish they had or might yet become. And far too many people look deeply at their life and feel either confusion or disappointment. Do you know truly who you are?
What I or anyone else know about you is what we observe you doing. That is the person you are, the person who is the result of your choices and actions. That’s great if you are happy and satisfied with who you are, but what if you are not? What if you want something different? What if happiness is another life away from you?
The good news is that “you” are a malleable person. Not Gumby malleable, but image and being malleable. By changing your choices and actions you can genuinely become another person, perhaps even the person you want to be! The challenge is to say “No.” to the choices and actions of today to be able to say “Yes.” to the choices and actions that you want to define you. Thankfully, you don’t have to do it all at once. Life doesn’t turn on a dime; it curves when we make it.
What choice and action can you take today that will begin the curve to the person you want to be tomorrow? However simple it may be, one action taken today and repeated tomorrow and every tomorrow can start a curve that will change your life. What is that action for you? Make the time for it. Repeat it. Grow it. Do it! And become the person you want to be! You get my vote! Have a wonderful week!