What are You? What Have You Got?

Whether you are in your twenties, forties, or closing in on that “final curtain,” you have a dream for your future (I know this, because you’re reading this blog.  You haven’t given up!).  Is it a relationship you want to repair?  A goal you’ve been afraid to pursue?  A passion that has gone unfulfilled?

So you might be a little confused as I begin this series of blogs about abundance and prosperity by inviting you to look backwards.  But we’re going on a journey, my friend.  And before we start striding off into the Great Unknown, we need to take stock of what tools, strengths, information and – yes, even liabilities – we’re taking on this trip.

Sinatra asks,

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.

What are you?  What have you got?  And what does that mean, anyway, “if not himself”?  Do you have yourself?  I know that you’ve heard this many times, but no matter how many people are born into this world, there is no one else exactly like you.  Even if you have an identical twin who shares the same DNA, you each have your own palate of tastes, talents, quirks, and passions.  You are an incredibly complex and utterly unique creation, and if you are dissatisfied or unimpressed with the person in your mirror, then you’re not looking hard enough.

The greatest resource you have on your journey to abundance and prosperity is yourself, or, should I say, your self. But, like any other tool, the usefulness of your self depends on your skill, knowledge and willingness in employing it.

Join me now in this series of blogs as we begin our journey with an examination of who and what you really are.  If you decide to follow along, you should mentally commit to:

  • Allow a little time (five or ten minutes) each day to really concentrate.
  • Actually do, not just glance at, the associated activities.
  • Commit to being honest with yourself.
  • Be as gentle and as loving with yourself as you would with others.  In other words, if you happen across a flaw, weak spot or other embarrassing truth about yourself, put it in the category of “reality.”  Of course you have some less appealing qualities.  Doesn’t everyone?

I once came across this quote (I wish I knew who said it):  “There’s a difference between interest and commitment.  When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit.  When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses – only results.”


Roger K. Allen, Ph.D. is an expert in personal transformation, leadership, and teams. His tools and methods have helped hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of people transform the ways they work and live. To learn more, visit www.rogerkallen.com.


About Roger K. Allen
Roger K. Allen, Ph.D. is an expert in personal transformation and family development. His tools and methods have helped tens of thousands of people live happier and more effective lives. To learn more, visit www.rogerkallen.com>.

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