Who do you want to become?

Our Blog Talk Radio show this week discussed the question, “Who do you want to become?” You can listen to our radio show online from Noon to 1 PM EST each Monday by going to CWA or you can listen to the recording after the show on our iBloom website.

Here is the recording from today’s show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ibloom/2010/01/18/who-do-you-want-to-become

Have you ever really pondered who you want to become?

Recommended Resource: The Next Generation Leader: 5 Essentials for Those Who Will Shape the Future by Andy Stanley.

I highly recommend this book! The final chapter of the book, “The Leader Worth Following” is dedicated to inspiring leaders to invest in the health of their soul. Andy says, “Have you determined what you want to become? Your doing will flow from who are you. The outer man (woman) will reflect the inner man (woman). The inner man (woman) determines the legacy of the outer man (woman).” I can remember reading and re-reading that statement (and the entire chapter) over and over.

As a leader, I knew the responsibility God had entrusted to me. I knew that people were watching me. I knew that I didn’t want to disappoint or betray anyone. I knew that I didn’t want to become like other leaders who fall, and fall hard. However, I had never really decided who I wanted to become.

I began journaling through questions like:

  1. Who do you want to become?
  2. What do you want to be remembered for?
  3. How do you want the people who knew you best to describe your life?

I created my personal definition of success. I narrowed it down to 10 words that I wanted to describe me: Servant, Generous, Humble, Balanced, Authentic, Passionate, Relational, Loyal, Grateful, Compassionate

As Andy says, your personal definition of success “forms the moral perimeter around your behavior.” He goes on to say, “You must come to grips with the fact that, ultimately, success is defined in terms of who you are and how you treat the people around you.”

I would encourage you to create your own personal definition of success. In fact, we’d LOVE to see your personal definition. In the book, Andy says, “Once you have determined what you want to be, tell somebody. Go public with your intentions. Is it really anybody else’s business? You bet it is. Character is personal, but it is not private. Everybody who knows you has an opinion about the kind of person you are. You might as well let them know the kind of person you are striving to become.” Click here to share your definition or comments!

We were also grateful to have Jen from www.thankfulfor.com as our special guest this week. Jen shared about a new online gratitude journal where you can keep a private journal or share your public gratitude via Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to listen to the show to hear specifics on how and attitude of gratitude can change your perspective.

Jen, also shared a fabulous quote:

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.”

~ Sarah Ban Breathnach ~ Simple Abundance

Be sure to tune in next Monday (01/25) at Noon EST as we discuss our 2010 Themes! Check out Betsy’s recent blog entry “Create Your 2010 Theme” We encourage you to create your own 2010 theme and then call-in LIVE to next week’s radio show to share your 2010 theme. Go to http://blogtalkradio.com/cwa-radio for our call-in phone number!

Have a blessed week!

Kelly Thorne

iBloom Founder & President

Kelly Thorne Gore



  1. Laurie Neumann says:

    This is a great post. Being thankful is so important, yet is something that we let slip so easily.

    I love the quote Jen gave. You are so right. When we take time to give thanks for the things in our lives, our attitudes change toward them. For example, maybe you having some real issues with your kids. Take time to thank God for them. What would your life be like without them? That's one way to get thankful real fast:-)

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