Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: January 21, 2019 – What Are You Good At?

What Are You Good AtWhat Are You Good At? When considering this question many people rely on others to tell them what they are good at. This approach is flawed. Just as any other “tool” outside of you that is designed to help you discover your strengths.

Almost everyone I have ever had a coaching conversation with has read the book Strengths Finder. And yet they are still asking, “what am I good at”?

To this end, I cannot emphasize too much the need for knowing yourself and self-invention. Doesn’t it make sense to become the expert of you? If not you then who? You know best What Are You Good At!

What you have in common with Abraham Lincoln

Isn’t it obvious that Michael Jordan would gravitate toward basketball? He’s tall, lean and practically defines the court.

Abraham Lincoln was tall but he wouldn’t have liked basketball even if it was around. Lincoln’s contemporaries automatically thought his size was indicative of a farm hand. His father especially wanted him to be a farmer and help make their farm go.

Lincoln had other ideas but he held them close. Once he got a taste of school and learning from his stepmother, he saw glowing possibilities and began to self-invent. He knew something about himself  but didn’t quite know himself—yet. He had the raw materials to get started—like being disciplined to study and read for hours. And he was deeply interested in being of service intellectually and he was curious about the world.

As a self-taught lawyer, Lincoln fell in with the societal norms of his time, writing disparaging stories, criticizing others, creating division and attempting to publicly embarrass his opponents. Unhappiness, acrimony and discontentment seeped from his writing……… But all the while he was quietly, in the background pursuing something more fitting to the image he had for himself. Then something happened.

Many years after starting on the journey, Lincoln discovered who he was and who he wanted to be. He re-invented himself and shifted from trying to influence and change the world with outward efforts of criticisms to creating a better world from the inside. It was then that he created and began living into the quote, “with malice toward none, with charity for all.” 

Lincoln discovered his essence and it defined him, his legacy and our history. He came to know what had been lost in society’s chase for wealth, fame and power.

  • Happiness leads to success
  • Security leads to wealth
  • Thoughts create our experience

What you have in common with Lincoln is destiny. You know something about yourself that no one else knows. It’s an image you have of yourself that you hold deep. Perhaps you even guard it closely because it’s fragile and if you put it out there an “insensitive someone” might just kill it.

I think we all have this in common with Lincoln and each other. So I suggest we all spend less time fitting into what society dictates and what others want for us and spend more time creating what is uniquely you.

Let’s start that journey and:

  • Make your life happy and watch success pour in
  • Create wealth by becoming secure enough fully express yourself
  • Manage your thoughts and change your experience

This doesn’t have to be complex or arduous. Large things like discovering what you are good at and fitting that in with who you want to be are accomplished by doing the right small things over time.

I’ll see you at the top!

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