One of my theology of professors in college used to talk about this all the time…becoming more of that which you already are. This quote has never left me and is something I think about daily. How, today, am I becoming more of that which I already am? Who am I? What do I stand for? How am getting better and becoming more like what I aspire or am destined to be?
Have you ever thought about this in terms of your organization or team? Who are you as a team? Who are your players/staff/leaders? How well (or not) do you work together? What is your identity? How are you perceived amongst your peers or in the marketplace? All noble questions indeed and ones that must be reflectively answered in time. Though all the while you are figuring that out, you are at the same time becoming more of that which you already are. Are you confused yet?
The point of this quote is meant to be taken both personally and professionally, as it lends itself to thinking that that we are at the same time always evolving, yet always the same at our core. For example, in order to be successful, one must already have the understanding that they are successful, yet not as successful as they might be in the future. Success would be a part of the nature of that person or organization and by understanding that piece, there is a shift in mentality that they are already successful, yet always growing toward more success.
At the same time, perhaps success is a bad example because of what some define success to mean. Of course there are different measures of success, depending on the other values that are of influence to the person or organization, which is what makes this message all the better – Each has its own authority to understand and define what each will become and how that process will unfold, however only after a thoughtful reflection. There are always unforeseen circumstances that might unexpectedly arise, though the person or organization will always be what it was going to be anyway.
This is good stuff that requires a great deal of time spent in reflection on an ongoing basis. As we all know, life is a journey with both ups and downs, good times and bad. One of my most favorite movie quotes is from the movie Shawshank Redemption – “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin.” So which are you doing? Are you truly living and thriving? Or are you just trying to get by and barely surviving? I hope that you’ve found a path toward thriving and are making steps to improve the lives of others and yourself. Here’s to another great week!
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