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Living a purpose-filled life  – Learn how to align work, love,  family and friendship  Confidential Information  ©  2008 T...
The story, in brief <ul><li>I  The Myth of Personal Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>II  The 8 Essential Questions </li></ul><ul>...
I   The Myth of  Personal Freedom
The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>You can’t be anything you want to be … </li></ul><ul><li>…  but you have more  potent...
The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>Life has  order </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle. All ...
The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>Crack your  identity code </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Ci...
II  The 8 Essential Questions
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#1  Who am I? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle. All right...
Define yourself as separate from all others.
<ul><li>“ The thing that makes you exceptional is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” </li></ul><ul><li>Lorr...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#2  What makes me special? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circ...
Unearth what you love.
<ul><li>“ We are not in a position where we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction,  </...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><ul><li>#3  Is there a pattern to my life? </li></ul></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 ...
Make the connections that explain past events and foreshadow  your future.
<ul><li>“ Life is the act of becoming.  </li></ul><ul><li>Life is transitional. That’s what I am engaged in: to continue t...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#4  Where am I going? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle. A...
Commit to the path revealed in what you’ve learned so far.
<ul><li>“ Whatever you are by nature, keep to it. Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for an...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#5  What is my gift? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle. Al...
Follow the signs of joy.
<ul><li>“ We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own spec...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#6  Who can I trust? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle. Al...
Take stock of who matters and why.
<ul><li>“ The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is ...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#7  What is my message? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circle....
Declare yourself on the strength of your gift.
<ul><li>“ I had found a kind of serenity, a new maturity...I didn’t feel better or stronger than anyone else, but it seeme...
The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#8  Will my life be rich? </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Circl...
Surrender to the pull of identity.
<ul><li>“ Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and...
III   Living an  Identity- B ased Life
Living an identity-based life –  Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>…  In “work” </li></ul><ul><li>Find a  path and p...
Living an identity-based life –  Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>…  With your spouse/partner </li></ul><ul><li>Mak...
Living an identity-based life –  Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>…  With friends </li></ul><ul><li>Take stock of  ...
Living an identity-based life –  Simple things you can do starting now… <ul><li>…  As a parent/grandparent </li></ul><ul><...
Make your identity  a framework for living …
The Identity Credo  – A framework for living <ul><li>I am alive, I am unique, and I am immutable,  Even as I grow and evol...
Thank you! www.theidentitycircle.com
<ul><li>“ You are where the world begins. You have value simply as a result of being who you are. No one can take your ide...
The Law of Being <ul><li>An individual’s ability to live depends first </li></ul><ul><li>upon defining one’s self as separ...
The Law of Individuality <ul><li>A person’s natural capacities invariably fuse </li></ul><ul><li>into a discernible identi...
The Law of Constancy <ul><li>Identity is fixed, transcending time and </li></ul><ul><li>place, while its manifestations ar...
The Law of Will <ul><li>Every person is compelled by the need to </li></ul><ul><li>create value in accordance with his or ...
The Law of Possibility <ul><li>Identity foreshadows potential. </li></ul>Confidential Information  ©  2008 The Identity Ci...
The Law of Relationship <ul><li>Individuals are inherently relational, and </li></ul><ul><li>those relationships are only ...
The Law of Comprehension <ul><li>A person’s various capacities are only as </li></ul><ul><li>valuable as the perceived val...
The Law of the Cycle <ul><li>Identity governs value, which produces </li></ul><ul><li>wealth, which fuels identity. </li><...
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  1. 1. Living a purpose-filled life – Learn how to align work, love, family and friendship Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  2. 2. The story, in brief <ul><li>I The Myth of Personal Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>II The 8 Essential Questions </li></ul><ul><li>III Living an Identity-Based Life </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  3. 3. I The Myth of Personal Freedom
  4. 4. The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>You can’t be anything you want to be … </li></ul><ul><li>… but you have more potential than you know </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  5. 5. The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>Life has order </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  6. 6. The Myth of Personal Freedom <ul><li>Crack your identity code </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  7. 7. II The 8 Essential Questions
  8. 8. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#1 Who am I? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  9. 9. Define yourself as separate from all others.
  10. 10. <ul><li>“ The thing that makes you exceptional is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” </li></ul><ul><li>Lorraine Hansberry </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  11. 11. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#2 What makes me special? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  12. 12. Unearth what you love.
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ We are not in a position where we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, </li></ul><ul><li>missions, callings” </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham Maslow </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  14. 14. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><ul><li>#3 Is there a pattern to my life? </li></ul></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  15. 15. Make the connections that explain past events and foreshadow your future.
  16. 16. <ul><li>“ Life is the act of becoming. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is transitional. That’s what I am engaged in: to continue to become more of me.” </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Buber </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  17. 17. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#4 Where am I going? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  18. 18. Commit to the path revealed in what you’ve learned so far.
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ Whatever you are by nature, keep to it. Never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed; be anything less and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.” </li></ul><ul><li>Sydney Smith </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  20. 20. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#5 What is my gift? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  21. 21. Follow the signs of joy.
  22. 22. <ul><li>“ We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Dunbar </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  23. 23. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#6 Who can I trust? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  24. 24. Take stock of who matters and why.
  25. 25. <ul><li>“ The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them.” </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Waldo Emerson </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  26. 26. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#7 What is my message? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  27. 27. Declare yourself on the strength of your gift.
  28. 28. <ul><li>“ I had found a kind of serenity, a new maturity...I didn’t feel better or stronger than anyone else, but it seemed no longer important that everyone loved me or not – more important now was for me </li></ul><ul><li>to love them.” </li></ul><ul><li>Beverly Sills </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  29. 29. The 8 Essential Questions <ul><li>#8 Will my life be rich? </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  30. 30. Surrender to the pull of identity.
  31. 31. <ul><li>“ Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth – that the moment one definitely commits oneself, providence moves too.” </li></ul><ul><li>W.H. Murray </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  32. 32. III Living an Identity- B ased Life
  33. 33. Living an identity-based life – Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>… In “work” </li></ul><ul><li>Find a path and place that wants what you have to give </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your boss or co-workers how, as a group, you can build more meaning into the work you do every day </li></ul><ul><li>Invite others to talk about how to make a distinctive and lasting contribution to the organization </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  34. 34. Living an identity-based life – Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>… With your spouse/partner </li></ul><ul><li>Make identity a deliberate part of conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Help clarify each other’s identity – and honor those special traits </li></ul><ul><li>Build activities into your relationship that spring naturally from who you are </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  35. 35. Living an identity-based life – Things you can do starting now… <ul><li>… With friends </li></ul><ul><li>Take stock of who matters and why </li></ul><ul><li>Create your “inner identity circle” </li></ul><ul><li>Re-think the meaning – and practice – of trust </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  36. 36. Living an identity-based life – Simple things you can do starting now… <ul><li>… As a parent/grandparent </li></ul><ul><li>Observe patterns of success early in childhood – Play them back </li></ul><ul><li>Give children things to read that highlight the importance of knowing oneself </li></ul><ul><li>Talk ‘purpose’ with your kids, early on </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  37. 37. Make your identity a framework for living …
  38. 38. The Identity Credo – A framework for living <ul><li>I am alive, I am unique, and I am immutable, Even as I grow and evolve. To truly live, however, I must express myself fully, And in this regard, have much to give. But to do so, I need others And am most productive with those Who need me in return. To establish these relationships, I must first be known for who I am, And it follows then that I will receive in accordance With what I give. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  39. 39. Thank you! www.theidentitycircle.com
  40. 40. <ul><li>“ You are where the world begins. You have value simply as a result of being who you are. No one can take your identity away from you. No one can make you be someone you are not. That is your strength and it is eternal.” </li></ul><ul><li>Larry Ackerman </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  41. 41. The Law of Being <ul><li>An individual’s ability to live depends first </li></ul><ul><li>upon defining one’s self as separate from </li></ul><ul><li>all others. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  42. 42. The Law of Individuality <ul><li>A person’s natural capacities invariably fuse </li></ul><ul><li>into a discernible identity that makes that </li></ul><ul><li>person unique. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  43. 43. The Law of Constancy <ul><li>Identity is fixed, transcending time and </li></ul><ul><li>place, while its manifestations are </li></ul><ul><li>constantly changing. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  44. 44. The Law of Will <ul><li>Every person is compelled by the need to </li></ul><ul><li>create value in accordance with his or her </li></ul><ul><li>identity. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  45. 45. The Law of Possibility <ul><li>Identity foreshadows potential. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  46. 46. The Law of Relationship <ul><li>Individuals are inherently relational, and </li></ul><ul><li>those relationships are only as strong as the </li></ul><ul><li>natural alignment between the identities of </li></ul><ul><li>the participants. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  47. 47. The Law of Comprehension <ul><li>A person’s various capacities are only as </li></ul><ul><li>valuable as the perceived value of the whole </li></ul><ul><li>of that person. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
  48. 48. The Law of the Cycle <ul><li>Identity governs value, which produces </li></ul><ul><li>wealth, which fuels identity. </li></ul>Confidential Information © 2008 The Identity Circle. All rights Reserved
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