Choosing The Path of Personal Power (Part 4) – “Who You Choose To be?”

I watched Kung Fu Panda 2 earlier this week and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the midst fun-filled, fast-paced action animation, there are heart-warming lessons to inspire both children and adults alike too.

At the start of Kung Fu Panda 2, Po was living his dream of fighting alongside the famous Furious Five, legendary kung fu masters. As the The Dragon Warrior, Po was protecting the Valley of Peace daily against the bad guys. But Po’s new life of awesomeness was threatened by the emergence of a new formidable villain, who planned to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu forever. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then would he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed. Ultimately, Po had to deal with his self-identity, and the person who he’d choose to be.

Awesome Po

Here’s the quote I really liked in the movie. At the depth of Po’s self-identity crisis, the Soothsayer gave him this inspiring advice to reflect upon:

“Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn’t make you who you are, it is the rest of your story, who you choose to be… …So who are you, Panda?” Soothsayer.

In an earlier post on Personal Power, I defined it as the ability to choose and act. In the case of Po, it’s not just how he chooses to view the circumstances or people around him, but he had to choose how he sees himself, who he chooses to be, that defined his personal power and ultimate destiny. It’s at the level of his self-identity that had to be resolved, and then every awesomeness would flow from there.

 

Who You Choose To Be?

This is your life; are you who you want to be? How did you get to where you are now? Are you happy? Fulfilled? You are the sum of all the decisions you’ve made and choices you’ve taken.

If you’re not where you want to be, remember what the Soothsayer said to Po: “Your story may not have such a happy beginning…it’s the rest of your story that matters”. It’s not how you begin the race, but how you finish that matters.  And that choice (personal power) belongs to you and you alone.

Your journey to an awesome life starts with a choice, and the choice starts at your self-identity and self-concept level: So, who are you? Who do you choose to be?

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