Self-discovery is very important. It is key to fulfilling your destiny and achieving personal success.

In one of my trips to the United States, I was a guest on a Christian Television programme. They asked me, “Why do you answer Wildfire? Why is your name Wildfire?”

Now pay attention to my response: I told them there, that my name depicts the revelation of God shown to me in God’s presence. I had discovered my true identity in God and I bear a name that reflects that.

Regrettably, many of us have allowed ourselves to be defined by our parents, our experiences in life, our income, our academic qualifications, by the church we attend. We have allowed ourselves to be shaped by what somebody else has told us. We have placed limits on ourselves that was not put there by our Maker. For some, it is the negative words rained on them during childhood by their care givers. For others, their unpleasant experiences in life prevent them from venturing out again. The list goes on and on.

It’s interesting to point out that, normally, the only way to see what you look like is by looking at something else: a mirror, or another person’s description of your features. You can’t just see yourself except in a mirror or somebody else describing it to you. How would you know what you looked like if there were no external reflectors of you?

Ponder on that for a while.

One of the reasons many struggle is that they go through life with someone else’s definition of who they are. For instance, let’s say that the only pictures and descriptions you have about your looks and features show that you are a monkey with a very long tail, and can jump from tree to tree and be suspended by your tail. Now, what happens in real life as you try to suspend yourself from trees by your tail in response to that false description of you?

To avoid a life of struggles and frustration, look into the mirror for yourself and discover who you really are. You can never live out your full potential without walking in the awareness of your true nature.