I was very fortunate recently to participate in an all day workshop about getting clear on who I am, what I value, and my why.
Facilitated by Heather Yelland of the Elevation Company, this workshop challenged and inspired me to be dig deep emotionally to really understand who I am and what it is I stand for in life.
Whilst the workshop was a group one, the result was a very personal one thanks to the content Heather shared and the questions she asked. There were no right or wrong answers: it was all about getting clear on what was important for me. The end result was a clear understanding of who I am, where I am now and where I want to be.
I went home truly knowing and understanding far more about myself than when the workshop started.
In essence I had found the real me.
Heather started the workshop saying that by the end of the day the intention was to be able to clearly state what we stood for personally and professionally in a way that was uniquely us and captured people’s interest and attention.
Having heard many people’s ‘elevator pitch’ over the years, it was the phrase ‘unique’ that caught my attention.
Why the word ‘unique’?
Unique is a word that resonates deeply with me. For me being unique is about being true to who you are. When you do, you are empowered. You are you and it’s essential for you to be able to express your uniqueness.
The world needs your uniqueness in order to continue to develop in a way that will maintain and enhance the humanness of society. If we lose our ability to accept and encourage uniqueness, we are nothing more than clones.
Expressing your uniqueness can be challenging in some societies or workplaces. Prescribed behaviour may be in place that don’t encourage or even allow you to be different, so in order to maintain a place in those groups, you are often required to hide your uniqueness: when you have do to this, you living out of alignment with who we really are and are not being true to yourself. Long term this can have you feeling lost or stuck in life.
Personally knowing that there have been parts of my life where I have been required, for a variety of reasons, to conform to certain thinking and behaviour to maintain a place in that group, the opportunity to clearly, and publically state what I stand for was exciting and empowering!
In getting clear on what we stand for, Heather had us look first at what inspires us and our values in order to help us understand our “why”. When we understand our “why”, we connect with our higher purpose:
- Inspiration is about creating flow so when we feel inspired by something, our focus on what we are wanting to achieve is enhanced and we are energised to take action.
- Values are the principles or standards that define who we are and how we live our lives. When we are inspired in accordance with our values, we start to truly feel that we can make a difference in our lives.
- Our why, is the essential reason for living that nurtures our soul.
- It is the core of our being and when combined with being inspired in line with our values, our energy flow is amplified and we are empowered to do whatever we need to do to achieve the outcome that will make a difference to our life and the lives of others.
- It is what we stand for.
When you know what you stand for you become engaged in life and want to make a difference and express your uniqueness.
And when you do, your world and the whole world is a better place.
So what do I stand for?
I am Joanna Judd.
Personal growth, human connection and nurture are essential to my wellbeing in both my personal and professional life so I stand for adding value through the skills, knowledge and information I share with individuals.
By sharing my own personal life experiences of healthy eating and living, I want to inspire and educate people to take action so that they can be a healthier and more vital version of themselves.
As is the way of the Universe, Heather’s workshop on Getting Real came into my life at the just time I needed to understand my why, to refocus my energy and get me back in my flow.
Until next time, be real for you: embrace, nurture and honour your uniqueness as there will only ever be one of you.
Wishing you a day of love, laughter and happiness.
Joanna 🙂 xo