Run With Who You Are

I remember from some training a couple years ago, a concept called, “Surrendering the One Up Relationship.” (WhyTry Resilience Curriculum) I had never heard this before. My interest was piqued. In the context of mentoring, the concept meant to position yourself as equal with the person you are mentoring. I remember the owner of this idea sharing that, when working with young people in a counseling situation in his office, he would often get up from his chair and exchange seats with the young person. Somewhat befuddled as they sat in his chair behind the desk, they would ask him why. He would share with them, “in this relationship, you’re the expert on you. I want to learn about you from you.” I can’t even begin to imagine what this approach did to establish trust in those relationships. I was reminded of that concept while thinking some on each and every person’s tremendous value. Each person is uniquely designed to contribute to their community of family, friends, co-workers, civic groups, faith, etc. In fact, they are so uniquely gifted that no one else can contribute what they can. No one else has their blend of background, experiences, gifts, personality, perspective, and journey. If that is true, why do we spend so much time disliking ourselves? Why do we invest so much effort in trying to be like someone else? Why are we so consumed with comparing ourselves to others? We are blessed to be stuck with ourselves! We are blessed to fail at trying to be someone else every time without exception. That may be a bit harsh but it’s reality – and there is freedom in that reality. Be you – complete with your great traits and your less-than-great traits. Work on you. Be free. Discover your design. The best contribution we can make to the world we influence, is to embrace who we are in Christ and be the best version of us we possibly can be in cooperating with His Spirit inside of us.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

About Michael Goss

My life mission is to create positive momentum in people's lives. I have found that maximum momentum is created in my life when my priorities are aligned - God, Ginger (my wife), Family, Health, then Work.

Posted on February 16, 2022, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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