What follows is a mashup of the outpouring of comments, emails and documents in response to The GTY challenge. (Read about it here). The words are not mine, although the editing is. My profound thanks to all who contributed, and even though your names don’t appear here, rest assured that they will in the acknowledgement section of the upcoming book.
Today’s riff is on Part One, called, simply, Expand Yourself:
“Yourself” doesn’t just stop at the “border” of your skin–it goes on and integrates with your environment through relationships. Think about how the whole system could be impacted by you, the people you touch and the people they touch.
Make yourself a larger brand. Stay relevant. Think bigger. Stop playing around and do something.
Live Radically, Surrender Daily, Engage Passionately, Love Recklessly, Honor the Seasons of Life, and Pass it On!
Your view of yourself is just a view. By accepting all possible views of yourself you can “become” a bigger person.
Intentionally work to become all that you can in order to become a larger conduit of good for others.
Act like a child, climb the tress, hide under the beds and in the closets then take a peek. Elevate Your Intention but not your ego. Your history describes how you got here but not where you’re heading. Before anyone can actually expand, they first have to believe it is actually possible.
Lunatics are obsessed with their legacy and let reality take a back seat.
By taking a new road you discover who you actually are. Then the legacy can begin.
What do paintings look like to the blind? What do symphonies sound like to the deaf? What do diamonds feel like to the indigent? What does food taste like to the starving? Elevate your intentions by transcending material motivations and embracing your moral compass. When you commit to your legacy, you are committing to being remembered while you live.
Are you just watering yourself down? Wouldn’t it be better to distill yourself?
There is really no “right” way or “wrong” way to do something, it’s just “what works” and “what doesn’t.” Just the simple act of [physically] moving to the other person’s viewpoint gives you so much insight. Whatever legacy you are here to fulfill cannot be fulfilled by anyone else.
Who you think you are, and who you have been in the past, is not who you really are.
Make meaning. Do something that will do more than stroke your ego or line your pockets. Be known for something of real value.
Become a bigger part of whatever you are a part of. Provide leadership even if you’re only leading yourself. Set the example even if you think no one is watching.
Don’t become your own Cliff note and forget/lose site of what you’re really about.
Wen you love someone you would do any thing for them.
When your tombstone is written, will anyone care?