I’ve been reminiscing of a trip that I took to Italy a few short years ago, spending a week in Florence. It was a beautiful city, and I was able to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of “The David”. What an absolutely phenomenal picture. We see it in history books, but when you’re in person it’s so much different. I remember looking at it, thinking to myself, “how could someone possibly build this from their hands?!”
Then I had a chance to purchase a book out of one of the stores in the museum, and the first line said: I saw the angel in the marble and I just carved him out. He was talking about David, this florid marble he was able to see inside of it and carve of that person out.
I spoke about this in an earlier blog – but this is truly what I meant when I talked about the art of knowing yourself.
Know what you want. Carve out of life that you want. Appreciate the art of being yourself.
I love learning about people’s lives and how they’re able to travel through the levels of challenges and circumstances and get to where they are. We hear these as the “rags to riches story”, the bottom of the barrel story. But this is not about raw raw here today… as you know, it never is with me. I want you to ask yourself, what are you not doing right now? What is it that’s not allowing you to be yourself?
- Maybe it’s a conversation that you’re unwilling to address with people.
- Maybe it’s a new opinion or perception. You have about something that you’re scared to tell someone because you think they may not like you anymore or may not accept you.
- Maybe it’s being afraid to ask for a raise.
- Maybe it’s being afraid to go out there and take on this new business or idea that you’ve been thinking about for years.
- Maybe you’re afraid to ask that person on a date.
- Maybe you’re afraid to say, You know what? I may not be in the best shape. I’m still going to start working out, going outside or going somewhere to start taking better care of myself.
- Maybe it’s you not writing that book, drawing that portrait, starting that podcast.
Everything starts from an action.
That is the most important thing I want. I want you to understand the action of being you, the action of doing what you need to do for you, that’s called the art of being yourself and knowing what your vision is.
What is your David? Do you know what scares you? Embrace it. Take action. Do it.