I recently read an article where a well-known CEO of a major coffee company was quoted as saying they, “now have over 19,000 different versions of coffee combinations they can make.” It was difficult for me to believe that statement. And then this morning, as I was standing in a very long line at a local coffee shop, I realized just how true it is. Every person was ordering their own unique coffee drink. “Tall decaf non-fat foamy latte with 1 sugar in the raw”, “Short Americano in a tall cup,” and a “Sugar Free Latte, with a shot of Mocha”, just to name a few.

Where am I going with this today? We are all unique. We each have our own distinct gifts, talents and preferences. We proudly announce to the world in a coffee shop exactly how we want our coffee (or tea). However, let me ask you a question: Do you boldly announce to the world who you are and show up in a way that offers your unique gifts and talents? Would your closest friend, colleague, or family member describe you in such a way that would make you smile and be assured that you are showing the world who you are at your core?

Martha Graham once said, “For the more you know yourself the more you are able to impact others lives. There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, which is translated through you into action. And because there is only one you this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any medium, and the world will never have it.”

The first time I read this quote, it was energizing and frightening at the same time. Why? For me, it was energizing to know that there is only one me and I am unique. It made me stop and wonder about my own talents and gifts. It was also frightening. I had to ask myself the tough questions: Am I realizing my talents, my gifts? Do I share them with the world in a meaningful way?

Are you sharing your gifts and talents with the world in a meaningful way? Are you taking action in 2008 on those big ideas, dreams, and goals? I have the opportunity to spend time with women who are ready to embrace everything that is unique about them. There is a group of women coming together next week to begin a Women’s Success Circle and I can tell you these women are ready to realize everything about their unique selves. I feel honored to share this most important time with them.

There is only one you. Ladies, that’s powerful! Take some time to explore your unique gifts, where your energies lie, and bring it to the world. Everything is possible. Everything is waiting for you.

By the way, when it was my turn, I ordered a tall coffee—their boldest blend. It’s the same order every time. I think that sums me up pretty well. Simple, bold, and confident in what I want.

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