Today in my blog post, I posed the question of who you are. I wanted those who vied the post to share an I am statement. I am a caring learner. I am physically fit. I am spiritual.
I shared in my weekly post that I would begin a “Stamping to Connect” project with my grandchildren. I have gathered all of my materials, and I am ready to start. So, I will share with you a few of the items I have collected and my approach to connecting.
Along our life journey, I believe we are continually growing and developing who we are as individuals. Can you reflect on your childhood days, and if someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what would you say? I believe it is becoming harder and harder for children to cut through all of the noise adults have created to determine The who, what, how, when and why of growing up in this age of “unknowns” or “continuous changes.” I cannot keep up with all of the changes which are happening.
Brains begin developing at conception, and it takes all of us to support positive brain development. Have you asked your children what they want to be when they grow up? I ask my grandchildren, but I will ask again to see if there have been any changes. Our middle grandchild wants to go professional with his athletic talents in two sports areas. He has high expectations. Our oldest grandchild, as a young child, was always interested in rocks and wanted to be part of researching rocks. Now, I believe she is interested in serving others, maybe as a teacher. Our youngest is interested in driving a big dump truck. He loves building and making things. It will be engaging to see what they have to say about who they want to become.
Ask yourself, your team members, your family, or the classroom who they want to become. Begin with a discussion about people they admire, qualities these individuals have, and the careers or positions they have. When we discover the answers to these questions, we can reflect on what we are doing to help us achieve the goal of being who we want to be and add a goal at a time to work towards becoming.
Questions to ask
- What are my strengths?
- What do I enjoy?
- What do I dislike?
- What matters most to me?
- Do I like mornings or evenings?
- If I wasn’t afraid I would?________
- What am I passionate about?
- I like or don’t like to work with my hands?
- Speaking in front of people is fun or scary?
- What is fun for me?
- What do I believe in?
- What is my favorite?___________name everything.
- What are my short term and long term goals?
- Who are part of my support system?
If you are interested in learning more about yourself, a free personality test is something you can also do. I did this one, and it is interesting to do. I found it to be vital and supportive of myself.