This telling scene of Beethoven grips me with emotion every time:
“There stood Beethoven, gravely ill and totally deaf. Eyes closed, he kept conducting the orchestra even after they had ceased their performance and the audience had risen to its feet in thunderous applause. As a singer stepped from the choir to turn him around to see those whose shouts of bravo resonated throughout the convert hall, tears of elation filled his eyes.
Perhaps the worst loss a composer could experience had been the catalyst for a remarkable adaptive creativity that allowed him to transcend his tortures to become immersed in the thrill of conducting the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, the ‘Ode to Joy’ “
Beethoven’s tears of elation were not because of the thunderous applause; in truth, he could not hear it at all. He was deaf. He used his thoughts to focus on what he wanted to do with his life, pushing out thoughts of doubt or thoughts that took away from his purpose.
Mallika Chopra, daughter of world-renowned father Deepak Chopra, has for the past several years focused herself on her website www.intent.com where she helps visitors harness the power of intention.
Intent means “purpose.” It is crystallizing your deepest desires into one sentence of intention. Ask yourself “What do I want more of in my life both personally and professionally?”
Both Beethoven and Mallika Chopra teach us the principles of authentic personal branding. Personal branding is the molding together of who we genuinely are with where we want to take ourselves and grow to become more of. The possibilities are toe tingling exciting. As you uncover the layers of who you are and how others perceive you some of what you find is predictable and some of it is surprising. The galvanizing part is when you step back and ask yourself “What do I want to bring more of in my life, what do I want to grow to be a bigger part of who I am and who I am known for?” This is 100% within your reach.
The footprints you leave in both the online world and offline world are composed of both actions and messages that paint a picture for the world to view and make conclusions from. For some, this picture is muddied up with footprints in all different directions and who they are is tough to discern; for others, their footprints lead in a very different direction than what they are trying for; and for very few, their footprints are very intentional advocating their priorities and intentions – their personal brand, thus are easy to follow and understand. Which of the three do your footprints fall under?
Take the First Step
Ask yourself some key questions. What are your priorities? What are you known for right now? Related to your priorities, what do you want to be known for as a person in both your personal and professional lives? What would help you stand out in your area of professional service? What can you start today with the intent of growing more of? An easy way to harness the power of intent and move forward in your business through personal branding is to go to www.intent.com and put your intent out into the universe.
Once you take the first step, you are on your way to becoming more of who you genuinely are and more of who you can potentially become. It is invigorating to think of the possibilities each of us can achieve when we are acting from our best intentions, acting on purpose, acting on our priorities to exude ourselves and make a difference in the world.
Take the first step, share your intent.