When you know…

When you know…

If you are a husband or wife, you mean more to your spouse when you know why you are here.

If you are a parent, you mean more to your children when you know why you are here.

If you are a teacher, you mean more to your students when you know why you are here.

If you are a business owner, you mean more to your customers and employees when you know why you are here.

If you are an employee, you mean more to your employer and your future success when you know why you are here.

But, if at this very moment, you do not know why you are here, that is okay.  Just know, you bring more value to yourself and others when you do, so get started.

Be great!

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P.S. Do not let someone else define why you are here.  That’s on you and it does not work if you do not define it.

Today is the day

Today is the day

… to take action.

… to explore.

… to execute.

… to wake up early.

… to exercise.

… to work hard.

… to love more.

… to move more.

… to take ownership.

… to embrace change.

… to create change.

… to be grateful.

… to leap.

Today is not the day to say I will do it tomorrow.

Empowerment or Initiative. Which came first?

The answer is empowerment but in a different way than you probably think. Empowerment does not start with a parent, spouse or boss.  Empowerment starts with giving yourself the permission and authority to accomplish something great.  Empowerment comes from trust, in yourself, and then from others.  Once you have given yourself the permission, then you must take action and apply initiative.  And when you apply that initiative, you will find something magical happens. 

Empower yourself to love deeply like you know you need to, then apply the initiative to create the relationship you desire.

Empower yourself to take the leap to do important work, then apply the initiative to see it through to the end.

Empower yourself to create the life you want, then apply the initiative to make it happen.

That’s the magic.  Empowerment + initiative = more empowerment

It’s simple really.   Give it a try.

Be great!

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Self-doubt and the Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is considered by some as one of the top ten wonders of the world and an absolute marvel to look at.  The chapel is located in the Vatican City and part of the official home of the Pope.  One of the reasons to visit the chapel is to see the architecture and paintings, such as the ceiling and wall paintings that Michelangelo was commissioned to create in 1508.  If you do not know what we are talking about, google this marvel, you will quickly understand just how amazing it is.

What does this have to do with self-doubt?

Michelangelo is one of the greatest artists ever and influences nearly all art created today, around the world.  No one can argue that, right?  He created the famous Pieta and David sculptures, painted the ceiling and walls of the Sistine chapel and many more.

Seriously…get on with it.  You are giving me self-doubt just thinking about how great he is.

Michelangelo doubted himself as a painter.  He declared himself a sculptor and not a painter.  He was full of so much doubt after being commissioned to paint the Sistine Chapel, he wrote a poem to a friend on the subject.

“My painting is dead.
Defend it for me, Giovanni, protect my honor.
I am not in the right place—I am not a painter.”

Michelangelo: To Giovanni da Pistoia
“When the Author Was Painting the Vault of the Sistine Chapel” —1509

“I am not in the right place – I am not a painter”.  If Michelangelo has so much self-doubt, it is certainly okay for us to have self-doubt.  The difference between Michelangelo and average humans, is that he continued to perform the work.  He continued to create.  He continued to perfect his craft and the results were amazing.

Self-doubt is okay.  Limiting yourself because of self-doubt, is not.  Continue creating. It is worth it.

Be great!

The Uncommon Wisdom Podcast