Updated: Mar 18, 2020
Do you know when a word, a song, a painting, a phrase or something else really resonates within you?
As we were finishing lunch, my friend said she was recently reminded of a quote by Napoleon Hill: "Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought."
This quote fully resonated within me.
Something resonates when it reflects back upon us—a certain feeling or emotion arises or a past situation or experience is remembered. For example, many of us have a favorite song that we've listened to for many months and many years, and often, the song reminds us of a memory connected with it. Music has a repetitive pattern, and if a song resonates within us, it harmoniously strikes a chord of sadness, longing or happiness—among other feelings—and touches our core.
A quote or poem may have a message that resonates with us. Perhaps when we see a painting of a landscape, we are reminded of a vacation we took, and we feel a tug to go visit that place again. Sometimes certain words in a song or quote resonate within us, allowing us to connect in a deeper way with our heart. We may feel enlightened and recognize the essence of who we really are. This is where we find our true strength, joy and well-being.
We can become more connected to who we truly are through listening to the voice of our heart.
Our true self always resonates within us. Here is an exercise to recognize what really resonates within you:
First, find a quiet place with no distractions, where you’re by yourself. Then think of all the people you admire—real or fictional, though preferably real, and as many as you can think of. Take time to write them down.
Write a quality or adjective next to each of the names, and the reason you admire them. Write as many words that come to mind. For example:
Mother Teresa: Selfless, Compassion, Unconditional Love
Napoleon Hill: Inspirational, Successful, Positive Mental Attitude
Winston Churchill: Courage, Boldness, Leadership
Student leader: Attractive, Intelligent, Popular
A parent: Loving, Dedicated, Decisive, Puts Family First
Once you have your list of people you admire and why you admire them, combine all the qualities so each unique quality appears only once. You would have a list of all the qualities that you admire.
Ask yourself why these qualities are important to you. Reflect on them.
Usually, this is a list of qualities that resonate with who you really are and what you want, and many of these will align with your core values. These qualities can include love, justice, fairness, forgiveness, gratitude, doing good to others who cannot return the favor, or faith.
Knowing what resonates within ourselves helps us know who we are, which allows us to feel more confident when we stand up for our beliefs.
Do you want to make positive changes in your life? Would you like to discover more about your Authentic Self? Contact me for coaching and my Self-Discovery Program firstname.lastname@example.org.
Create your authentic action plan in my book Uber Empowerment.
You can find more empowerment quotes in my book: Uber Empowerment Quotes: 500 Inspirational Quotes For Knowledge, Insight & Wisdom.