Who Do You Want You To Be?
Who do you want to be?
Sounds like a simple question but it isn’t so simple when you take one simple factor out of the equation.
Let me ask the question again with a little more description.
If you didn’t care what other people thought about you, who would you want you to be?
We spend so much of our time trying to control what other people think about us. We don’t even know we do. And over time, we begin to lose sight of who it is we really want to be.
Here are some examples:
Do you do things for people close to you because you want them to see you as a kind and caring person, or do you do things because it just feels good to do it?
Do you go to church because you want other people to see you as a believer or is it solely for your own benefit?
Do you choose the clothes your going to put on each morning because of how you want other people to perceive you or merely based upon how you want to see yourself?
Do you make dinner for your family because you want them to think that you like to make dinner or because you truly like to prepare a meal?
I am not saying that you should or shouldn’t do things because of how people will perceive you, I just think it is very interesting to really ponder who you are and if it is authentically you or if it is a result of wanting to be seen in a certain way.
When you can discover what is authentically you, life begins to take on a whole new meaning. You don’t do things because you have to or because you think you should. You do things only because it is what you want to do.
I recently made a list entitled: Who I want me to be.
This is the person I want me to be. This is the person I want to be only for me; not because of what others will think of me.
Here are some of the things on my list.
I want to feel love (notice it doesn’t say I want to feel loved. Those are very different and is a whole blog post in itself.)
I want to feel peace. The kind of peace that comes from knowing who I am and where I am going.
I want to put value into the world.
I am a believer.
I am guided.
I am kind to myself.
I trust my instincts.
I want knowledge.
This list is my compass. I remind myself of this list daily and I make my decisions so that they align with this list.
God created us with an internal compass.
He wants us to use it.
Listen very carefully to what it is you want you to be. I promise it will be right in line with what Heavenly Father wants you to be.