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Is that ALL That You Yam?

I am who I am

“Are you using ‘I am what I am’ as an excuse for being less than you can be?”

“I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam.” One of the most famous lines ever delivered by a philosopher or comic book character!

I thought maybe I’d give you a little background on what made me write that down, or maybe I’d give you a little encouragement along the lines of “be all that you can be.”

But I think you know what it means. I think you know that you are more than a “simple sailor” or a simple ANYTHING. I think you’re looking for access to your deepest, biggest, awesomest self. Just like I am.

And just like I do, I’ll bet sometimes it’s tempting to say to yourself, “I am what I am, I can’t be more.”

So instead I decided I would share with you an exercise one of my coaches asked me to undertake. To write a list of “I Am” statements – and use them as a challenge, as a way to raise the bar and as an incentive to accelerate the pace of the game.

I took that exercise beyond the usual “I am a writer, I am a coach, I am an animal lover, I am a small-town girl transplanted to a life in the city…”

I asked myself, “What are you really, if you were no longer any of those things?”

 

I AM…

A unique arrangement of universal matter. I have never been and I will never be again.

I am the seed and the soil, the rose and the rose hip. In everything that I am is everything that I was and everything I can ever become.

I am more cat than dog, more spirit than reason, more complex than complicated, more portal than seeker.

I am a muse, amused and sometimes amusing.

A studier of all people and an imitator of none, an admirer of many and a worshiper of none, a respecter of all beliefs and married to none.

I am a safe haven where my friends can laugh, cry, be silly, be hysterical, dream or do.

I am challenged by limiting myself to this plane of existence, not limited by the challenges of this plane of existence.

I am powerful, I am afraid, I am stubborn.

I am blessed, I am thankful, I am humble.

I am a free-form work of art, freely forming anew every moment of every day.

Even that isn’t ALL that I am. Because like you, I am more than I can guess, dream or comprehend. I am always becoming what I am, and the more that I become the more that I can be.

Today I challenge myself (and you) to keep becoming – to live from possibilities, not within limitations.

Share your “I AM” statements in the comments – we can ALL inspire one another to BE more.

 

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  • I love this – thanks for sharing. My coach suggested these lines to me a few months ago and I have them on a post-it on my office wall.

    “I already know, I already do, I already AM”

    It’s what I use as my mantra when I get overwhelmed – and essentially it’s to remind me of all the things in your list above. 🙂

  • Richard Dillard

    Great article Dixie. I also notice that some people say I am who I am to mean; I like it where I am and I don’t want to grow or learn anything to help my life change for the better. As you put it, they want to coast downhill or go no where.

    Again, great article!
    Richard