This lesson is brought to you by the letters "I", "A", and "E". These 3 letters are the first 3 letters in the phase "I Am Enough". I began to understand the power of these 3 simple words when I was conducting a one-on-one coaching session. Let me tell the story. I work in partnership with a workforce initiative. My role is to assist in interviewing applicants, to conduct one-on-one coaching sessions, and to facilitate VIP (VIsion, Initiative, and Perseverance) classes aimed at helping individuals to gain/regain hope in their ability to acquire and maintain a career position which has benefits and pays a livable wage.
I had recently interviewed a 59-year-old, 6-foot 2-inch, 314 pound male applicant, and was conducting a one-on-one coaching session with him aimed at identifying his strengths and any barriers which would interfere with him reaching his career goals. He was telling me how nervous he was at the interview (in fact, I had given him a tissue to wipe of his sweat) and how nervous he was sitting there talking to me. During his interview and up to this point in the one-on-one, it was clear to me that this gentleman had a wealth of skills and a high level of emotional intelligence, but he was clearly lacking self-confidence. At this point, I was guided to tell him "that no matter what other people had told him, nor what he has told himself about his Self, that 'You are enough!"
I could tell that those words touched his heart because tears came to his eyes and I could perceive a slight internal shift. In the 3 months since then, I have watched him blossom and take a leading role in our VIP classes and other classes he is taking at the community college. He will readily admit how those 3 simple words set him free and set him on a new path.
I have shared those 3 simple words as a speaker at a GED graduation at a women's correctional facility, as a guest speaker in a human services class at a community college, as a guest speaker in a human relations class at a local university, and as a facilitator of a lunch and learn. The feedback I received from all those sessions was that those 3 simple words relieved a heavy burden they had been carrying and helped them to finally realize that there was nothing they needed to do to be whole, worthy, and complete.
Those appear to be "magic" words so I thought I'd share them with you, and hopefully you will share them with those you love.
I AM ENOUGH!