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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?”



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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