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12 jul

Light Up the Dark

JayForteYou can’t see light; you only see what light illuminates.

I remember being unable to read the menu at a local restaurant because of the low mood lighting. I also remember sitting on a plane, trying to use the ambient light to get some work done because the light over my seat did not work. I was in the dark – unable to see things that mattered.

So, as we add more light, things get clearer. At the restaurant, I went to the greeter’s station for more light to read the menu and selected an entrée I loved. In the plane, I changed seats with a passenger who wanted to sleep and did not care about the light, and I was able to do my work. I added some light so the important things around me were illuminated. It improved my choices and my impact.

What a perfect analogy for life. Many people live in the dark, unaware and unable to see who they really are. They spend little time shining the light inside themselves to see what talents, passions and strengths they have. They don’t really know themselves.

I believe that we are each hardwired for greatness – and this hardwiring is evident in our talents, strengths and passions. We love some things and not others. We are good at some things and not others. The more light we shine into ourselves (the more we get to know ourselves), the more information we discover about ourselves. The more information we have about ourselves, the better decisions we can make about our personal and professional lives. We can then invent lives of great value, happiness and impact. And it starts by lighting up “our” dark.

So, consider the following ways of internal illumination – so you can better see your greatest attributes and gifts, then build your most extraordinary life:

1. Notice your responses to things you like and don’t like. Notice the things that seem to make you feel capable and confident and the things that challenge you. Get good at watching your reactions and responses.

2. Have a conversation with people who know you well and ask what they feel you are good at and what you seem most passionate about. Others can shine light on how you think and how you respond.

3. Consider meditation as a means to quiet things around you to start to notice yourself, your gifts, your thoughts and your perspectives. You gather a lot of information in the quiet moments.

Get good at turning the light on to see what it illuminates. The more you know yourself, the more you can make decisions that play to your unique combination of talents, passions and strengths; these help you live a life you love. They also help you bring your best to a world that is invented each day by what do with your best. Besides, the more you play to your talents and passions, the happier you are and the more you light up life for others.

Jay Forte is a motivational speaker and business seminar leader. He is the author of Fire Up! Your Employees and Smoke Your Competition, and the on-line resources, Stand Out and Get Hired, and The Hunt for Opportunities Success Manual. He has just completed his new book (due out in August 2010), The Greatness Zone – Know Yourself, Find Your Fit and Transform The World; chapter downloads will soon be available on his website. He works to connect people to their talents and passions to live fired up! More information at

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Posted by Jay Forte on July 12th, 2010 in Family, General, New Directions, Personal Stories, Spirituality, Things We Love | 0 comments Read related posts in , , , ,

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