Episode #150 Who Am I?
There is a reason we are called human beings rather than human doings. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and former NFL player and cofounder of GameChange Paul McDonald offer their perspectives on robust rhythms of self-exploration.
About 12 years ago I walked past a mirror, and I looked at myself, and I didn’t like what was staring back at me. And I realized at the time that, "Paul, you’re headed down the wrong path."Paul McDonald
- We typically only examine our identity and ask life’s most important questions in times of crisis.
- Our careers will inevitably reach a peak, and it is often difficult to navigate and accept whatever comes next.
- We will not wake up one day having become someone we have not been becoming.
- The trophies we accumulate throughout life often fail to deliver on the happiness they promised.
- At the end of our lives, our professional achievements will mean little compared to our deepest relationships.
- Before we can live a life of authenticity and intentionality, we must first discover the answer to the question, “Who am I?”
- A stable sense of identity helps us to remain steady as we traverse each bump in the road of life.
- When we remind others who they are, we don’t need to tell them as often what to do.
- The most important thing about us is what comes into our minds when we think about ourselves.
- Nothing shapes who we are becoming as much as what we choose to believe.
- We already have everything we need.
- While happiness is a product of external circumstances, joy is a product of our choices.
- The final three seasons of life – investigation, influence, and inspiration – have their foundation in the first, which is identity.
- What are my strengths?
- What brings me joy?
- What do I want to do?
- Why am I here?
- What is my purpose?
- Read Thru the Tunnel: True Stories of Sports and Life That Empower Your Spirit by Paul McDonald.
- Create regular rhythms of rest and reflection.
- Take a roadtrip, a walk, or a journey dedicated to developing a clear sense of identity.
- “Whatever we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Otto Rank
In This Episode
Know Your Strengths
One of the most important things about us is what comes to mind when we think about ourselves. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and strength assessment fanatic Casey Greenawalt outline the many benefits of getting to know the person in the mirror.
Take A Roadtrip
Over the next five weeks, Dr. Michael Brown will travel the country to introduce us to new faces, places, and stories. In the aptly named first episode of Three Words On The Road, Unique Venues CEO Chuck Salem gives us a glimpse of his personal and professional journey.
Embrace Your Season
As this winter comes to a close, we are reminded that every season is a new opportunity to become fully alive. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by business owner and grandmother Kathy Wilhelm as they explore an essential framework for living life well.