“People are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be removed to get an ounce of gold, but you don’t go into the mine looking for dirt. You go into the mine looking for gold.” Andrew Carnegie
I believe each person has, in his/her core, this nugget of gold. This is our essence with which we were born. As children, we express our essence with reckless abandon. Over the years, due to environmental pressures and judgments of others, especially of those with influence over our lives, we develop survival mechanisms to mask our core. Much the same way the dirt covers up the gold in the mine. These survival mechanisms eventually take over our essence and we start living our lives based on what we “should” do to stay in a comfortable, non-threatening state.
As a coach, my job is to help identify my clients’ essence and survival mechanisms in such a way so that they too can see in their actions, which of these motivates them.
In our intentions and interactions, when we come from our essence, our lives become more joyful, more fulfilling, and more inspired. This doesn’t mean we don’t ever face challenges, we do! However, we are better prepared to face our challenges if we learn to recognize our gold and our dirt and choose appropriately.
This is not an easy task. I struggle with it myself. But the light bulb of recognition, when it shines, leads me to resurface my gold with which I can see possibilities where none existed before.
My hope for each person is that they too identify their gold so that they can recognize the infinite possibilities in front of them and be inspired to create a life that puts a smile on their face.