Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, a psychoanalyst, author, and spoken word artist, indicates our most pure self is that of our 9, 10 or 11 year-old self. If we can strip away external factors and focus on where and what we were spending our time doing and getting lost in, it is the closest indicator to what our greatest contribution to the world is.
When I was nine, I was weaving tales together about the stuffed animal cul-de-sac in my room and waving wooden wands from the stumps of trees in our made up dungeons and dragons land (based on the Saturday Morning cartoon, of course, not the game). That’s right, I was Dungeon Master…every time.
My nine year-old self is tracking well. My literary love came out in the classroom as an English teacher for 16 years. And my dungeon master (read leader) tendencies have landed me in places of influence within each of my work places.
Consider who you were and where you were spending your time at 9, 10, and 11. Ask yourself if you are tracking well based on this element of truth. Are you part of the 34.9% of actively engaged employees? If not, what needs to change?