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What's up everybody? My name is cliff and you are listening to the What now podcast. That's right. The what now podcast where we threw conversation discuss ways that we can effectively address life's most difficult moments. So sit back, relax and enjoy tonight's episode. Hey, what's up everybody? Welcome back to the what now podcast. That's right. The What now podcast where we discuss positive ways of addressing life's most quotation marks difficult moments. And we use that word difficult loosely. We use that word difficult loosely why? Because we have scratched that word out and in the place of that where we have put defining moments, how we address those defining moments of our lives and we don't allow those moments to define us. Uh we took back the power, we took back the authority and we took back the right that was designated to us for us to define those moments.
So thank you for joining me on tonight. I appreciate each and every one of you. I pray that you are enjoying the podcast from the numbers. It seems as if you are always, always, always feel free to share, feel free to like feel free to come and hit me with them. Five stars. You feel me, hit me with the five stars hit me with some comments. That's gonna help even better to show. Even if it's something said, you don't agree with? Hey, I don't mind. I'm okay. I'm mature enough to accept constructive criticism. Okay. I am mature enough to accept that. So what are we gonna talk about tonight? It's not gonna be a long podcast tonight. I don't think it is. I want to be like one of them preachers that be like, you know, I'm getting ready to close, I'm getting ready to close. I'm getting ready to close the airplane airplane preachers like as soon as they're going to land, they take off again. I'm not trying to be that. So the other day I'm in the kitchen and I think I was making, I don't know if I was, I think it was, I had some, what did I have also mozzarella sticks.
I had some mozzarella sticks in the oven and my little cousin came around the corner. He just turned two and uh, we call him fat fat. Okay. And I don't think I'd call him fat fat for a couple of days. But he came around the corner and he said quit. I said, yes. He said, I'm not fat fast, I'm Samir. I said okay. He said, I'm not fat fat, I'm Shamir Morris. I said, okay, no problem. Don't call me Fat Fat, call me Shamir Morris. I said okay. And you know, I hugged him and we were playing and everything. Oh, but when I came in the room, my mind just started racing. My mind started racing. And one of the things that were so powerful to be in that some of you might send them, here we go. You're just trying to be deep. I don't care if you're listening. Right, okay. But one of the things that was so powerful to me that I thought about that thing and what I thought about it was he's known his name for a while.
He's been able to say his name for a while, but he's shy sometimes. So he doesn't, he holds his head down sometimes when he talks. So we've been working on holding her head up and having that confidence when he speaks and when he said I'm Shamir Morris, he said it with confidence and what I took away from that was that he now has learned who he is. He learned who his name is. He learned well what his name is and we know that our identity is attached to our name. You know, we can take that from a spiritual standpoint. We can take that from a natural or biological standpoint. You know there is identity rep within our name. So basically what he was saying was listen, I know who I am now. I know what y'all have called me for so long, but I no longer identifies that. So I don't want you guys to call me that anymore because now I want you to call me who I am. So what are you saying that cliff? I'm so glad you asked. Mm hmm Many of us are still struggling with the concept of our name, struggling with the concept of embracing our name.
I knew with me um from a natural standpoint, whenever I started going through major things in life, I would struggle with the thought of changing my name. I was gonna change my name to my dad's last name because I felt like that's that's the identity I should have. And then I was gonna change my name to my grandmother's family last name because that's that's what I should. I just need this change. I need I need this change in my life. And I always was attempting to run from the identity of who I really was and attempting to either re brand or recreate myself in an image that was not the original image that the creator gave to me, I was always running from my name and I understood that the natural running was just a representation of what was going on with me? Emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.
If you know me then you understand that for years I fought the call and the purpose of God in my life, from the entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship and as well from the ministry side of things, I struggled with the identity of who God had called and created created me to be uh mainly because I suck when I started preaching, that's the reality of it. I've talked about it. I absolutely suck. Like y'all don't understand the level and I talked about this on a whole other podcast, but because I sucked, I didn't want to do it, but I did enjoy doing and that was a crazy thing about it. I did enjoy doing it, but I just didn't want to do it. And the reason why I didn't want to do it was because I felt like Clift and petty john didn't have much to offer. So that's why I kept trying to recreate and rebrand myself and if I sound like this one, if I sound like that when if I look like this one, if I look like that, when I don't look the part, I don't sound apart, I don't dress the way that everybody else wants me to dress.
I don't do any of those things, but the whole time it was me attempting to run from who the creator had designed me to be my name my name. What is your name on tonight? That's my question to you. What is your name? And are you connected with your name? Are you connected with the purpose of your name or have you disconnected with it? Because you didn't see it as valuable or as valuable as something else? Was man. If I just could recreate this whole thing? Well, the reality is although God has given you creative expression, he did not give you permission to recreate what he's already created. He's given you authority to create. But the problem with many of us is we are trying to create something that we were never created to create. You hear what I'm saying? We were never created to create the identity or the essence. Oh man of identity. The essence.
You know what that word, essence, the definition I pull from that and I'm not trying to get in the teaching mood. Could you all know? Sometimes I I love to teach those definition and dee dee notations of words. But one of the definitions of the word essence is fragrance fragrance attached to the essence of your identity. And the essence of your name is a fragrance that you give off. Now, I'm not talking about an older because you don't have good hygiene. I'm talking about in essence of purpose. There's a smell of purpose as a smell of identity? There's a smell of integrity and what I'm talking about integrity. I'm talking about owning who you are, owning who you are. I'm not speaking from a judgmental standpoint. I'm talking about the ownership of who you are. There's an essence, There's a fragrance attached to it. That fragrance is let off every time you open up your mouth, not talking about your breath or when you step into a room, not talking about your body older, okay, there's a fragrance connected and there are people that need to connect with that fragrance fragrance.
Once you give off that fragrance, they're drawn and compelled to that fragrance. Why? Because they're connected to your purpose, but they can never be connected to your purpose. If you keep rejecting your fragrance, you can't reject your fragrance. You cannot reject your fragrance any more. Did you hear me? He told me I'm not fat fat no more. I'm Shamir Morris. What is your declaration tonight? What are you not anymore? Or who are you not anymore? And who are you? Who are you not anymore? And who are you? And if you're struggling with that, it's okay if you are struggling with who you are, because who you are right now is attached to what everybody has told you what everybody has expected of you in in the the robot that everybody has built, that you have identified yourself as.
That's okay. It's okay now we know exactly where we need to start from work from and where we need to get to you are enough. Do you hear me? You are enough flaws in all your enough. Don't reject who you are. Don't suppress who you are. Don't run from who you are, embraced the totality of who you are. And stand with bold confidence and say I am, you know, insert your name in this case. I am Clifton Maurice, petty john and I'm not even gonna get talking about myself because I you know, I can go there. You know, somebody pulled me back in. But the reality is I need you to stand with confidence and ownership of who you are. You are enough. I don't care who has beat you down. I don't care who was attempted to beat you down.
I don't care who you have yielded that power and that authority to hear on this show. What do we take back? We take back our power. We take back our right and we take back our authority. So I need you tonight to stand with me, take everything back. That is yours. That's connected to your identity. But before you can take anything back, you must take back the essence of your creation which is connected to your name. Your greatness is connected to your name. The eternal said. I will make your name great. Some of us are in search of greatness. We're waiting on greatness. We expect to be further than we are right now. So what is the solution? The solution is to embrace you love? You care for you work on you work on you, but you can't work on what you refuse to identify.
All right, So come on y'all. Let's begin to do some self work. Always, if you ever need to reach out to me, you can always text the word help. 230 to 648554430 to 6485544. We can set up a call y'all. We can set up a complimentary call. There are no strings attached. You don't have to sign up for any programs. I would love for you to sign up for the culture program but you are not required after the conversation. And then if you just want to go purchase the book from stagnation of transformation, that's gonna give you a 21 day jump start a 21 day jump start for the transformation that you are seeking in the midst of your life. You can head over to www dot clinton. Pettijohn dot com forward slash transformation www dot clinton. Pettijohn dot com forward slash transformation. For the call to set up the call, you can just visit www dot coach Clifton's dot com www dot coach Cliff Burton dot com.
I want to hear from you. Do you hear me? I want to hear from you? I want to serve you and your purpose as I always say, create a great day walk with purpose and by all means execute your vision piece. Yeah. Can you identify any areas in your life where stagnation is manifesting now I know some of you might say no I can't. I want us to look at stagnation for what it really is. Some people have identified stagnation as something that's not growing or that's not producing. I don't believe that stagnation to me stagnation can also be that Yes, we're growing. Yes, we're producing however were growing and producing in a manner that's disrespectful to the purpose and the greatness that resides inside of us. And listen, we all have areas where we can identify that we could be doing a lot better in there's greater potential in those areas than we are experiencing.
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