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Recover Your Identity And Live With Purpose

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As people we act on what we believe to be true which is why it is so important to be confident of your true identity.  Your identity is linked to your sense of dignity because when you know the truth of who you really are, you will live with honor, esteem yourself and others, and live with a sense of purpose.

Negative messages from your family of origin, peers, spouses, employers and others are not your identity.  There are many things that can impact how you see yourself, but what happens when those messages aren’t true or are skewed?  Often times people speak and react to us out of their own pain, fears and frustrations.  Sadly those negative interactions can leave you believing things about yourself that simply aren’t true and you can assume an identity that is far from who you really are.


Mistakes and failures from your past are not your identity.  They are only events, that will be points of growth and character building, but they do not define you and you must not let them box you in.  Family weaknesses, fractures and disappointments may impact your life, but they do not have to become your identity.  Even betrayals by friends, spouses, leaders and others have to do with their choices and are not a reflection of your worth or value.

Midlife changes are not your identity.  You may not be able to do some of the same things you used to do, but you are still significant and valuable.  Your wisdom and life experience will be a blessing to mentor and lead those who are younger and need your insight.  Physical changes, disease and even the loss of loved ones will not diminish your worth.  These life events may alter the way in which you live, or even change the outworking of your life purpose, but you still have much to offer the world.

Recovering your identity isn’t about perfection. Just think about the people you admire most.  More often than not you value their originality and their authenticity.  They don’t have to be perfect, but the fact that they are free to be who they really are is refreshing and inspiring.  You were created to be a person of worth and dignity so identifying, naming and consistently living out your values, and sharing your gifts and passions with the world are keys to recovering your identity.

Spiritual Perspective: Psalm 71:21* gives a clear picture of God’s ability to restore and redeem our lives:  “You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.”  God is for you – He is on your side.  Wherever you have been robbed of purpose, value and dignity God is able and willing to restore and bring you to a place of truth and comfort.  Any obstacle can be overcome and used as a stepping-stone to greatness in your life.

Truth For Your Life:  What failures or mistakes are you allowing to define you?  How have negative messages from others robbed you of your true identity?  Which life circumstances are impacting your ability to fulfill your life purpose?  Freedom is available as you release yourself from the negative judgments of others, forgive them and then take stock of all the good things God has placed within you.  Doing this is the first step on the path to living your life with purpose.

Now is the time to start living a life of significance.  Life coaching will help you identify your values so you can recover your identity and live with dignity and purpose every day – here’s how you can get started

*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.

© 2011 Bridget Haymond.  All rights reserved.

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13 Responses to Recover Your Identity And Live With Purpose
  1. Jimmy Larche
    November 2, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Amazing post, Bridget! Out of the ballpark. I definitely want to repost this at my blog site.

    • Bridget Haymond
      November 2, 2011 | 3:10 pm

      Feel free to repost Jimmy 🙂 It’s an honor to know you\’ll be sharing this with your readers. Blessings to you!

  2. UR MOMMA!
    August 13, 2011 | 6:12 pm

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    August 12, 2011 | 9:16 pm

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  4. Mike Myatt
    August 12, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    Hi Bridget:

    Jane referred me to this post – one of the best I've read. Your advice is comprehensive, and from my experience, absolutely spot-on. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Bridget Haymond
      August 12, 2011 | 10:21 pm

      Thank you Mike. I'm so glad your lovely wife shared my post with you and that you found it helpful. Your encouraging words are always appreciated!

  5. Bridget Haymond
    August 12, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    How have negative messages from others robbed you of your true identity?

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  10. blogomomma
    August 11, 2011 | 10:06 am

    What a wonderful way to start my day – with a warm boost of encouragement and perspective.
    ANOTHER great post!

    • Bridget Haymond
      August 12, 2011 | 10:19 pm

      Thanks Momma, always great to have you visit!