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am I?

‘Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Am I …

It might be a question, it might be a thought, or it might be a sense of hopelessness that some people have when they don’t know who they are.   A person who asks, “Who am I?” may have been going through the motions of life really to never understand at their core who they are and what they should be doing.   For some people they have never resolved or peered into their own identity and at some point they realize they don’t know who they are and that often presents a frightening picture.

I am? 

I am, as a question.   “I am” asks a much bigger question.  It is a statement about who you believe you are.   “I am _________________”.   It goes beyond just the meaning of who you are to the meaning of who you are in the context of those around you.   What does “I am?” mean to you?

i am

“i am” as a weak declaration, one where the words are spoken quietly and without certainty.   It is a statement without the belief behind it that would give power to the words.

I am

“I am”, an assertion with some level of confidence and not strong enough that someone would believe that what you are saying is really true about you.    Increasing that sense of I am can be done by focusing on positive self thought.


Bold, assertive, positive and confident with a sense of direction, purpose and significance.   This is beyond emergent behavior and shows up as having strength with only small amounts of uncertainty in their lives.

I AM!             

Fully confident, fully assertive, fully humble, fully alive, fully present, significant, bold yet calm. Able to use skills wisely, developing others, a leader, a sage, engaged, fearless.

Where are you?   What level of being do you live at and participate at?   What would it take to raise your level of being up a level?  What would it take for you to feel more alive, more present, and more capable?

“Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, of who you wanna be?

Forrest: Who I’m gonna be? Aren’t I gonna be me?

Jenny: You’ll always be you. Just another kind of you. You know? … I want to be famous. I want to be a singer like Joan Baez. I just want to be … on an empty stage with my guitar, my voice. Just me, and I want to reach people on a personal level. I want to be able to say things, just one to one.”

from the movie “Forrest Gump

authentically you


“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson 

What would it be like if you could live as the authentic you?   What would life offer you if you didn’t have to act or pretend?   For some people that is a scary thought.   The idea of being authentic and genuine is filled with dread, fear and shame for some people.   It might be that you would think that others would start to think of you as you think of you, so the only choice you feel you have is to act.  At some point acting becomes hard to do.   The “true” you is trying to escape and live a life that is really happy from the inside out.   The mask says you’re happy but the feeling on the inside is far different.     If you believe that you aren’t good enough then taking the mask off is just going to expose who you truly think you are.  

What would happen if you could believe in the “true” you?   What would your life start to look like if you could do what would be “true” for you?

Take a few steps towards the true you.

  1. What would the true you really do if you could?
  2. What steps could you take to being the true you?
  3. What would you want to change?
  4. What would it take to start?


Appreciate every moment, be grateful for what you do you have, and  live a life you designed.


“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is true for art is true for life.   The life you imagine is the life you can live.   The first objective is to imagine and then to believe that image can become true.  

The secret to success is not a secret, it is a formula that  has been time tested, it is a formula that most people know but fail to apply.     To succeed one must first believe that the dream is achievable.  Believe to achieve.   Success starts with an idea, and idea that ferments in the mind until it is believable. 

What the mind can perceive the mind can achieve.    It starts with a thought, an image, a need that hasn’t been addressed and a desire to see that dream come true.    Organizations like Tom’s shoes, Kiva, Hewlett-Packard and scores of other businesses and non-profits leaped off the page of imagination and in to reality.  

It doesn’t mean that fantasy will come true, but realistic, idealistic and far reaching ideas can be achieved with time and work.   What do you want to achieve?   What are you willing to believe? 

What can you imagine today that could become true tomorrow?

your attitude is everything

There are days when you just don’t feel like it.   Nothing is working right.  The world seems out of balance.  The tension is strong and you feel it constricting your life.   What is the one thing you can change?

You are 100% in control of your attitude.   You can make a shift in your attitude and release the tension and stress.   Let it all go, let the stress go, and  let the tension go.

All it takes is ATTITUDE.

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson