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2/8/2019 9:46:00 AM
Who Are You? & What Do You Want?

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

Recently, I was reminded of two important questions: “Who are you?” and “What do you want?”

If you feel like you’re stuck in something or in a phase of your life, ask yourself those two questions.  If you want to know what to do next, ask yourself those two questions.  Or, if you want to know where your focused energy should be directed, ask yourself those two questions.  You may not immediately figure out all of the answers to the questions you’re asking, but they will definitely start revealing themselves to you. 

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‘Who are you?’
This is essential to a happy life.  Understanding how you think, how you feel, and how you react to things will free you up to be who you were purposefully designed to be.  Realizing ‘how you tick’ on the inside will give you great insight into how you are going to react to situations and scenarios, before they ever happen.  Each of those amazing intricacies make up the wonderful parts of who you are.  And by adding and multiplying all of them together, you will see a more complete picture of yourself. 

If you don’t fully understand who you are, yet, invest some time this week in thinking about that concept.  As you do, answers will be shown to you that hopefully bring peace and joy to your heart. 

‘What do you want?’
In order for your mind to figure out what it needs to direct your body to do, it needs to know what you want.  When you decide what it is you want out of this life, doors will open.  So, do you want to be better at something, to change weight, to make new friends, or to improve some other aspect of your life?  This question can apply to almost anything.  You may not think that you know what it is you want, but deep inside somewhere, you really do.  Take a look – the answer to this question is in there.   

In the words of J.P. Morgan, "The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are."  The idea of ‘location’ can mean more than a geographic place, such as a building, town, or country.  ‘Where you are’ can refer to a mental, emotional, physical, or relational state. 

When you sense you need to make a change, think about what’s causing the desire for the change.  Is there an irritation?  A surplus?  A perceived lack?  Once you’ve established that baseline, you know where you are.  And when you figure out where you want to be (a.k.a. what you want), the path in between those two points will reveal itself. 

You may realize that to achieve your dream, you need to actually move somewhere else.  But, maybe you don’t need to move – maybe you just need to do something else, or to do something differently.   But, how will you know what it is you need to do or to do differently, if you don’t first know what it is that you want?

Whenever I think about the questions, “Who are you, and what do you want?”, my mind (for some unknown reason) immediately goes to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Kindergarten Cop.  In it, he was trying to track down a bad guy.  In order to do so, he went undercover as a kindergarten teacher at an elementary school, in a small, coastal town.  On the first day of class, he told the students, “Today, we’re going to play a game.  It’s called, ‘Who is your daddy, and what does he do?’”  The kids’ responses were hilarious.  Some of them knew pretty well what their dads did for work.  But others didn’t have a clue, so they made stuff up. 

When I lose focus, once in a while, I realize that I’m acting like the clueless kids in that movie.  So, I go back and re-ask myself the same two questions that I asked you.  After I answer them, I’m suddenly refocused and heading in a good direction, again.  Magic?  Not really.  It’s just giving the mind clear goals for it to direct the body toward. 

Have a great week!

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