One of the most enlightening exercises one of my mentors, Alex Mandossian, had us do in a training was figure out what verb describes our essence.
Buckminster Fuller said, “God is a verb.” That is biblically accurate. When God revealed himself to Moses, he said he was the ultimate “be” verb: “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14).
God’s verb is “I AM.”
Descartes is famous for saying, “I think, therefore I am.” His verb was “think.”
What is it you do, that encompasses the essence not only of what you do, but who you are?
Your verb may come to you in a flash … or you may have to think about it for a while.
Most people I’ve discussed this with know their verb quickly.
Mine is “connect.” I love to connect people with ideas that will inspire them, enlighten them, change them.
I love to connect people with other people who will inspire, teach, encourage, motivate or enlightened them.
And I love to connect people with resources that will make their life easier and better in some way.
As a book publishing coach and consultant, that’s what I’m all about.
As a parent, that’s what I’m all about. As a friend, I also find myself trying to connect people with ideas, people and resources that will make their lives better.
So that’s my verb. What’s yours?
Take a few moments to reflect on this.
Post it below, if you like. It’s at the heart of what you have to offer the world, after all.