I wanted to share this blog post with you because I believe that knowing who you are and what you are called to do is a critical component of living a more meaningful life…and a strong personal “I Am” statement can help you get there. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was focused on climbing the corporate ladder as fast as possible with little understanding of what I would do if/when I reached the top. After a 25-year+ career in corporate America, I launched the Academy for eLearning. One of the primary motivators for starting the company was my desire to more intentionally fulfill my mission of serving others in all areas of my professional and personal life. It is important to realize that I Am statements, often called Mission Statements, can and should evolve/change over time. My I Am statement at 32 is vastly different from the mission statement I now have in my early 60’s.

Probably the greatest revelation for me over the years has been the sense of peace and joy I feel which only comes from helping and serving other people. I work every day through my teaching, coaching, consulting, and speaking engagements to influence positive outcomes for the people I encounter in my life. I make a lot of mistakes and certainly don’t have all the answers, but I am clear about my goals and my desire to take the right approach in the service of others. The path to get here had many twists and turns, but I have attempted to be very intentional along the way and am grateful for the countless lessons from this journey.

I encourage you to reflect carefully today on this idea of a personal I Am statement. If you have one, kudos to you! If not, I hope this blog post will be a source of encouragement and help you develop one for yourself. It has made a tremendous difference in my life and I know it will in yours as well.

Have a wonderful and blessed advent season!