Be YOU, Magnificently.® The journey to aligning with these three simple words has been paradoxically one of my greatest challenges! What began with the grounding of my branding message from idea to form turned into what has felt like a testing of my courage and commitment to my life purpose. I had no idea really of just how much armor I was still carrying around my heart when I first decided upon choosing these three words for my tagline a few years ago. Talk about living into your brand… I must say it’s not been easy—yet it’s been soooo worth it. If I never share my decades of lessons learned from my ‘shero’ life journey, which includes my professional/business journey, my own personal development has greatly benefited.
My self-discovery from this process has bought a level of purpose, peace and personal power that has been invaluable. Little did I know that having the words, “Be YOU, Magnificently” staring me in the face would unearth so many buried and forgotten storylines, perceptions and limiting mindsets running amuck in my own psyche.
What’s been holding me back over the past couple of years specifically? As a person with a purpose to restore vision and a former eye surgeon no less, who talks about authenticity and personal power ironically it’s been—you may have guessed it—inauthenticity! It felt like an invisible brick wall, no a fortress actually. I really cannot come from my place of unique truth and personal power within my heart if it is locked up and hidden away. Invulnerability, perfectionism, working too much, being a “know it all”, powering over others, talking too much versus listening, comparing ourselves to others competitively, dysfunctional self-centeredness—these are all socially encouraged behaviors that limit our greater potential. I’ve lived over the decades through all of these storylines and characters. They are draining and they will suck the life out of you over time. They actually limit our performance, especially in the times we are currently living in.
Ironically, I needed to have my own vision restored in order to see the light within me with more clarity—and therefore also see the light more clearly in others. I still had lots of blinds spots that needed clarity in order to tap in to the voice of my own inner truth. I’m still expanding my vision, of course, it really never stops—hopefully. Life is an ever-evolving process. I’ve had to tune out the voices telling me what I ‘should’ do, and how to follow a 5 or 7 Step Process that was not built from my own inner blueprint for my own life purpose.