Last night, I watched American Idol. Not a big deal, right? Millions do every week.
What I found interesting was the judges’ comments to the contestants. After each performance, every single time, one or more of the judges either said, you need to find out who you are, or, you know who you are. The five contestants who heard you need to find out who you are, disappointment wiped away their smiles. The light, which had illuminated from them when they took the stage, seemed to fade, quickly. In their eyes, you saw the plea for help, your vote, so that they might have one more chance to show the world they know who they are and will achieve their dreams.
I felt sorry for them. I understood them.
Finding out who you are, for many is a long difficult process. Sometimes it takes years even decades until finally a person finds their talent, their niche, their voice and becomes so comfortable with themselves that they shine to the rest of the world.
I have to admit the three contestants who the American Idol judges declared as knowing themselves, were in my opinion by far the best performers. So are the judges right in telling these young hopefuls that they need to find out who they are if they're going to have any hope of winning this contest? I believe so.
The question today then is, how do you find out who you are? Here are a few tips that helped me. And if you'd like to share your journey tips, please do.
1)Look inside. What are you passionate about? Not just what you like. What really makes your blood rush with excitement?
2)Feed the passion every day.
3)Use the talent you unearth every single day.
4)Don’t compare yourself to others. Be you. Be passionate about being you.
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Next week, March 17th, Ellora's Cave author Kathy Coddington joins me.