Resting in Who You Are


So often I find myself in the dri­ving gear—always push­ing and try­ing to get to my des­ti­na­tion. Although both drive and pas­sion are nec­es­sary for suc­cess, too often we get caught up in the hus­tle and bus­tle of try­ing to be suc­cess­ful. It’s in these moments that we begin to lose our­selves and begin to stray away from our orig­i­nal pur­pose. It’s in times like these that we begin to work for the sake of work­ing instead of work­ing to ful­fill our pur­pose. I real­ize that I’ve been work­ing just to work—focusing so hard to get ahead that I’ve lost track of what I was orig­i­nally try­ing to accomplish.

I had the chance to speak with a very suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and com­mu­nity leader today. I was so impressed by him that I asked if he ever con­sid­ered run­ning for office. With all of his con­nec­tions, expe­ri­ence, and pos­i­tive accom­plish­ments I sug­gested that he would be a sure win. He looked at me and said, “I’m well known through­out this state. I have thou­sands of peo­ple who sup­port me. I can raise mil­lions of dol­lars in a few months—but I’m not inter­ested in run­ning for office.”

When I asked why he con­tin­ued, “I won’t run for office because I’m suc­cess­ful. The rea­son I am suc­cess­ful is because I am doing what I am doing what I am gifted to do.” Then he made the most pro­found state­ment: “I’m rest­ing in who I am.”

This is my new motto. I am rest­ing in who I am. I am rest­ing in what I do. The hus­tle and bus­tle of try­ing to make some­thing hap­pen only takes you away from who you are. We shouldn’t try to be suc­cess­ful, we should just try to be the very best that we can be.

This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work hard. No. We should work extremely hard. But there is a dif­fer­ence between work­ing hard at try­ing to be suc­cess­ful and work­ing hard at being the very that best you can be.

When you rest in who you are all you have to focus on is how to become bet­ter at what you do. When you rest in who you are you don’t have to chase oppor­tu­ni­ties or try to force any­thing to happen—your gift will make room for you. There is peace in rest­ing in who you are because you don’t have to try to be any­thing but what you are nat­u­rally. You still find peace even when you have to push your­self to learn more or to develop your skills more because all that you are doing is becom­ing a bet­ter you. It’s free­dom: free­dom from hav­ing to be any­thing other than what you were meant to be.

I’m done chas­ing suc­cess. From here for­ward I’m rest­ing in who I am. Care to join me?

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  1. Rosemary Magee Dixon 10/01/2011, 3:04 am:

    I am impressed with your insight of this com­mu­nity leader. How­ever, I could argue the point that he had worked hard to get to a point of suc­cess and ful­fil­ment. It is wis­dom and a bless­ing to be able to “Read your title clear” at an early age in life and focus, pur­sue and per­fect that title. Some peo­ple spend a life­time seek­ing their purpose…that can be frus­trat­ing. Some real­ize it early and relax, being com­plete in who they are and what their pur­pose is. Some peo­ple run from the obvi­ous and refuse to accept it and per­fect it. WORK HARD WITH A GOAL AND PURPOSE.

    I agree dont chase suc­cess but dont be afraid of it either. It is a good feel­ing to be the best or one of the best in what­ever you do. Find­ing that path is accept­ing who you are, whose you are, and the bot­tom line of your being, her­itage, blood­line, gift, and beliefs.

    I find your writ­tings quite inter­est­ing and would like to be able to view more. Please inform me. Rest in who you are and be PROUD of it. Its okay. You are who you are by the Grace of God.

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