There are two ways to go about living and life in general. You can react to whatever is thrown your way, become your challenges, and be defined by your defeats. Or, you can decide who you are and who you want to become and then act like it regardless of the challenges life may present you. Will you let your ailments or trials in life define who you are? Or rather, will you define yourself despite the struggles you may be facing?
When Labels Define Us
Oftentimes when we allow a label to define us, we don’t even realize who we are once that identity is gone. One may even subconsciously cling to an illness or trial because it has become a part of their identity. They are being held hostage by something negative. Something that has become attached to them like a leech, sucking meaning and purpose out of life. There are a multitude of other labels that we assign ourselves such as being a “bad mom” or a “lazy father”. These titles we give ourselves turn into self-fulfilled prophecies, thus we become the very thing that we think and tell ourselves we are.
When We Remember Who We Are
If you are letting your behaviors, your situations in life, and your reactions to them define you, then you are giving up your power to create the life you want. You will go through life without living up to your full potential. If you choose to remember who you are and act as the divine being that you were created to be, no matter what life throws your way, you will be able to tap into your soul intuition and come out on top knowing you did your best and lived life to the fullest.
Action Steps: The Patterns Walk
Think of a negative label, undesirable emotion, or a behavior you’ve been struggling with recently. Ask yourself the following questions to recognize how you got there. Carry your thought from the previous question to each new one.
What is the environment you’re in before experiencing the undesirable emotion or behavior?
What emotion do you feel?
How do you react to that emotion?
What’s the payoff or defense for this behavior?
When behaving this way how do you label yourself?
How do you feel about your spirit connection to God at this point?
Now walk through using God’s way instead of the world’s way.
Knowing how God feels about you, how would you label yourself?
What’s the payoff from knowing who you are and how God sees you?
How will you behave knowing who you are and how God feels about you?
What emotions do you feel now?
The environment may be the same but you aren’t!
Use this exercise to remember who you are or have the potential to become, act accordingly and you will have the ability to create the life you’re meant to live.
Taken from chapter 10 of Soul Intuition by Allison H Larsen.