So, if you are reading this blog, more than likely, my title grabbed your attention. Why? Because deep, deep down inside of us, we all want to have our own empire. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s be clear about something first.
By “empire,” I do not mean you are the next Caesar or Khan here to conquer nations and amass wealth beyond comprehension. No, I am talking about the “empire” that is you: your sense of self. Who are you? They say it takes 3o days to create or end a habit. So, I challenge you to journal for 30 days. Write down whatever it is you wish to discuss about or with yourself, and be clear and honest with yourself. No one is going to read the journal, so let it all out. Do not skip a day! Write! This is about you and no one else.
On day 30, write your last entry, ending it with these words: “I am (fill in the blank).” Leave the journal in a safe place and do not read it for two days. In the meantime, you can begin a new journal using a different book than the first one. But don’t read the first journal. On day two, write a letter to yourself. In that letter, express your fears and love for yourself, and then end the letter with “Love, I am (fill in the blank).”
Now, here’s the tricky part because it requires you to walk in faith and leave behind fear and embarassment. Mail both the letter and journal to yourself; do not look inside the journal. Just seal it all up, drop it in the mail (you can send it certified mail if you wish) and go about your day. When you receive the package a few days later (and you are still journaling at this time, remember), open it up and read the letter once you are alone and in a quiet, safe place. Then, read the journal.
What do you notice about your thought patterns from day 1 to day 30? Who were you then? Who did you want to be? Who are you today? Where are you now?
Nothing is more revealing to the spirit than one’s own words relayed back to them on paper and with one’s own eyes. There is extreme power in not only writing as in letters and such, but the act of writing; it can save a life or end it. If you want to build an empire, you must first know who you are. Empires clumble because of lack of clarity and the willingness to be flexible and honest with one’s self – to “see” without seeing.
I challenge you to build an empire – build/rebuild YOU! I’d love to hear your results, so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.