“All of us every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives.” -Steven Spielberg
Imagine starting with a clean slate every year, and having multiple opportunities to share your best self with the world? You are the Michelangelo of your own life, slowly chiseling away, hoping to create a masterpiece. The artist completed David in two years. You have a lifetime to sculpt your true self – the one and only – YOU.
Like a beautiful, hand-picked block of marble, you were born with everything you needed to become a truly extraordinary person. With every passing year, you chip away at the essence of your very being. You are a work-in-progress, like a sculpture that is not yet complete.
You want to become your very best self, but sometimes, life gets in the way. You get confused. You make mistakes. Hey, we all do. And that’s okay. It’s the only way to learn and grow. Sometimes, scars can make a person even more beautiful. Stronger. Wiser. Better.
This year, you’ll have multiple chances to be an even better person than you were last year. Your words, your actions, and most importantly, your choices, will further define who you are. As Steven Spielberg reminds us, who you were in the past doesn’t matter nearly as much as who are you are, right here and right now.
If we learn anything from Michelangelo, it’s that a masterpiece cannot be created overnight. It’s the small details we pay attention to, and the gradual improvements we make over time, that can lead to our most extraordinary work. He once said:
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Do you see the beauty in your Self? Some of your very best qualities have yet to be revealed. Is fear preventing you from sharing them with the rest of the world?
David brought his bravest, strongest self to fight off Goliath. He did so in order to make the world a better, more beautiful place. Michelangelo and Steven Spielberg used their rare qualities to do so as well, but obviously in very different ways.
You can too.
Will you experience one defining moment, or many small ones? Will you wait until an opportunity presents itself, or will you create one yourself?
What can you do today to become the best person you can be this year?