“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
- Psalm 139:13
Did you know that according to recent estimates there are over 7,900,000,000 people living in the world today? That is 7.9 billion in case the zeros are overwhelming. Does that make you feel small, like just another rat in the rat race? You’re not alone if you do. But the fascinating thing is that within this massive population, including all who have ever lived before and all yet to be born, each one of us is unique. There is no one else in the world identical to you or me. We are not just rats in the rat race; we are each different and placed here for a special purpose.
In my profession of executive coaching administering psychological assessments of some sort with our clients is a fairly common practice. It is not for the purpose of psychological evaluation that we do this, for most of us are not trained psychologists; rather, it is to increase each client’s awareness of his or her own specific and special talents, behaviors, and characteristics – what it is that makes him or her special and unique. Once uniqueness is recognized then applied creatively in a person’s business, profession, and personal life both performance and satisfaction tend to increase dramatically. It is the coach’s job to raise the person’s awareness of his or her uniqueness, and to help them develop ways to use it most effectively.
First, though, is to realize that we are not the result of some sort of human mass production. We are instead uniquely and individually designed by the One who created our inmost being; the One who specifically knit us together. We are not just rats in the rat race; we are each different and placed here for a special purpose.
So, as you begin the days ahead remember that there is no one else on earth like you, and that you were placed here for a special purpose. The Psalmist recognized this in his eloquent prayer, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Consider then how you might apply your uniqueness to your business, profession, and personal life. Your family, friends, neighbors, business associates, clients, and community are depending on you for what only you can provide.