Recognize Patterns, Embrace your Individuality

Few years ago, back in university, I read a book, no,  several books, one of them was ‘Reposition Yourself’ by T. D. Jakes.

One lesson I took away from that book, was how you can take yourself from a place of seeming limitation to a place where you know no limitation by embracing who you are.

Back then in the university, I had this strong conviction of who I was, that I was amazingly unstoppable, I felt it in my being and I unconsciously carried that aura wherever I went.

I remember walking towards the university gate, when a colleague approached me and shoved me and he said, “Emeka, you walk like you own this campus, ah! ah! are you the VC?” I laughed, we both laughed.

At a time, one of my lecturers, who happened to be my project supervisor, began to chant these words whenever he saw me, “Papilo I know say one day, you go make us proud.” (In the Nigerian Pidgin dialect).

One of my facilitators (now a friend), who I got to meet for the first time, said this after his session, “Emeka, I placed you on a very high pedestal when I read about you online, and you didn’t fail me.”

Why did they say these things?

Over time, I saw a pattern, a repeated pattern; that people would address you based on what they perceive, and their perception is an offshoot of your individuality, and your individuality can sometimes be discovered by simply recognizing patterns.

These patterns are at the core of who you are (your individuality), who you are becoming, and what inspires your future decisions.

Patterns, no matter how insignificant they may seem, are pointers towards a destination.

What patterns have you observed in your journey?

What have people said about your first stage appearance? How did they react when they finally met you? What was the prophecy (predictions) said about you? What were does small wins in your past?

Your focus should be on the positive patterns (not the negative) in your journey and use them as a tool to align for the future.

Sometimes, the patterns which may be negative at the time, could be a pointer to an issue you must address in the future. Take for example; a girl who experienced rape, now becomes a social activist against rape and sexual violence.

Ever since I began to recognize the patterns in my journey, and use them as a tool for the future, I saw the difference it made on my environment.

Once again, I ask you, what patterns you have recognized in your journey so far?

Hidden in those patterns are snippets of your individuality…shape it, use it.

You’re amazingly unstoppable!

Let me know your thoughts.

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