I love the song Live Louder by Nathaniel, not only does it have an upbeat tune but I love some of the lyrics too.
“Let your soul, redesign a new kind of cool”
“Don’t be careful, don’t think twice just let your heart speak its mind”
To me living louder is all about accepting and embracing who you are and then having the courage to keep putting one foot forward in the direction of your dreams.
I use to think that I needed to be an extrovert, I needed to be amazingly creative, and I needed to be heaps more intelligent than what I was in order to live loudly and follow my passion.
Now I know better.
Now I know that I am already amazing just as I am, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of it.
On a soul level I am perfect however, I do know that I have to live in a human body with human tendencies and the more aware I am of my unique human tendencies the more likely it is that I am going to believe in myself and what I can do.
I am aware of my top five strengths (empathy, learning, discipline, positivity, harmony).
I am aware of my top five core values (independence, happiness, health, empathy, positivity, trustworthiness).
I am aware of my preferred thinking style (feelings based complemented with organization and structure).
I am also aware that I am not an extrovert (that is I don’t get my energy from being around other people all of the time). I can do extroversion in short bursts, but the time I love the most is when I am at home all by myself, creating, meditating, writing, reading and recharging my batteries.
Armed with all of this knowledge helps to give me a solid foundation on which to act and live louder.
I know that if I am not honouring my values every day I feel out of sync, if I am not working with my strengths I feel dissatisfied, if I am not operating from my preferred thinking style I get exhausted and if I don’t have my quiet time I will burn out.
How aware are you of your core values, strengths, preferred way of thinking and extroversion or introversion?
If you are confidently aware of your unique attributes can I encourage you to write them down, display them somewhere where you can see them and have them handy so you can remind yourself everyday to weave them into your life.
If you are not aware of your unique attributes below are some links to help you reacquaint yourself with them;
There is a plethora of core value quizzes that you can take online. Each one of them is different to the other. I have tried the quiz on What Next and it is quite useful and Dawn Barclay has a great and very detailed free e-book that you can download on core values
I love the Gallup Strengths Centre and I use this tool in my happiness course to find out people’s strengths.
If you are a regular subscriber to my blogs you would have been sent my free e-book The Colours of Thought. This book will help to give you an indication of your preferred thinking style (if not subscribe now and receive a free copy of the book). If however, you would like an accurate profile you can complete the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument which is a unique tool used to calculate your thinking preferences. Click here to find out more.
If you would like personalized help to create more self awareness around your core values, strengths and thinking preferences click to read about my 6 week sustainable happiness program called Colour Your World.
Be happy, colour the world.