Misti Burmeister
author, speaker, executive coach

Misti Burmeister

Misti Burmeister, author of "From Boomers to Bloggers," founded Inspirion Inc. and specializes in speaking, executive coaching, and generational diversity in the workplace.

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Getting to your core

Q: How do you define success?

Said simply, success is knowing who you are and creating a life that allows all of your gifts to emerge. That said, success is an ever emerging "thing," with peaks and valleys representing the times we are closest and farthest from who we are. When we are closest to the core of who we are and trusting in ourselves, life is easy. Likewise, when we're fighting our reality, life becomes a massive ball of stress. That is, until we come back to, as Byron Katie so eloquently puts it, loving what is.

I am a transformational process as I write this . . . pulling back my own layers and exposing the core of who I am. To that end, I have written a piece that describes a bit of my own journey. I trust you will enjoy . . .

"Bare"

It is the fall season and as I watch the trees here in D.C. turn from deep green to a beautiful shade of yellow, and then off to a vibrant red . . . some moving more quickly through this process than others . . . leaving a sea of reds, yellows, green and even lots of deep pink, I can't help but think of the change that's occurring inside me.

Eventually the vast majority will be left bare, with no green, yellow, red, pink or even the final brown they usually turn to just before falling to the ground. When the Fall is complete, we will be able to see the bare bones of the trees and, in fact, we'll be able to see what's beyond the trees. What lies beyond the trees will be ever-present, the sounds will travel easily through the air, as the leaves have fallen to make way.

I see the vibrant colors, in many shades, held tightly to my effervescent core that is screaming to be witnessed. I see them and I'm ready to experience my life as the magnificently beautiful leaves -- you know, the ones who have help to guard me my whole life -- fall to the ground and expose the core of who I really am.

I am learning to fall in love with these beautiful leaves -- there are many -- and I know they will always be there with me, ever-present as I make my way closer and closer to my inner self. I'm ready to watch a few of them release from me and fall right beside me -- hold tightly to my side, if necessary. I will enjoy their beauty from all angles.

As I watch them fall and begin to see myself clearly, what will I find? As I've asked before, "Who am I without all the titles I have given myself? What is it, really, that I live for?" What has begun to emerge as a part of my trunk, whose roots I will come to know in time?

I am a woman who enjoys nature, appreciates being a part of and connected to a power that is so much bigger than myself, loves connecting with people in a deep and meaningful way, seeks new adventures and really loves questioning everyone and everything for the mere joy of experiencing new ways to experience life.

I live to feel -- to feel all my emotions and watch as others become brave and experience theirs. I live to love -- to love all of myself and watch as others learn to fall in love with who they are. I live to learn -- to learn about myself and experience the ways so many others understand life. I live to create joy -- inside myself and watch as it transcends the world.  

Opening these doors to get to know myself is a success and I trust there will be many along the way, as I continue to look deeper and learn to appreciate all of who I am. To that end, success is not a destination; rather, it is a journey to be experienced over and over.

By Misti Burmeister  |  November 2, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  | Category:  Defining success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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