Last week I heard my two children practising for their upcoming school concert. They were belting out “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…“. I confess, I teared up a little. There’s something about this song! When I started to really listen to the lyrics, I realized why it was making me so emotional.
For much of my life I have felt a certain urge to be a leader. As a child, I was often bringing groups of kids together, asserting myself as the head of the group, and taking on the role of teacher or organizer. I don’t really know why. And I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t like this. It’s always been there.
Over the years, I received some negative feedback about assuming a leadership role, and was frequently called “bossy” by adults and kids alike. I started to feel ashamed of these natural tendencies and I’ve spent a good portion of my life trying to reign them in or deny them.
As I reflect back in 2017 I’ve come to the realization that I am a natural leader, and that is not a bad thing. In fact I believe we all have our own special and unique gifts that the world wants us to use.
It is our duty, in fact, to share our gifts with the world.
We need to let our light shine.
In my coaching work I help people uncover their unique gifts and talents – the things they have that make them special. So often, these are the things that we try to push deep down. So often we hide our true gifts from the world.
During this time of year we are inundated with messages of buying gifts and getting gifts. But this year, I encourage you to think about a different kind of gift – your own unique gift.
Why are you here?
What is your true mission or purpose in life?
What do you do better than anyone else you know?
How can you incorporate your gifts into the work you do, to make an impact on the world?
How can you find a way to let your light shine every single day?
These are big questions, I know. But as we head into 2018 it’s the perfect time to make some changes, and to challenge ourselves. If you have been dimming your own light, then let’s make a commitment to stop doing that right now. Let’s make a commitment that in 2018 you are going to share your true gift with others and let your light shine brighter than ever before.