Most of us define ourselves by our careers, our money, status, physical beauty or wealth. The problem with this type of definition is that you lose your identity when you lose the career, money, status, beauty and wealth. Then the question becomes, “Who am I without my _________(fill in the blank.) Most of us don’t know who we are outside of our jobs, our roles or our possessions, status, health and beauty.
Many people are experiencing this “IDENTITY DRAMA” right now because of the changes we are forced to make in the state of economic uncertainty.
The challenges we face in our world right now REQUIRE us to REINVENT a new identity…one that will sustain us in the storm and shape the world to come.
What if in creating a new identities we could actually change the world?
Jim Carey said on the Oprah show that he defines himself in three words: “I am Love.”
Can you see how this belief would make you behave around others? If you define yourself as “I am love” then how do you
- Respond to criticism
- Treat yourself
- Treat others
- Interact with your children
- Deal with customers
Can you see how the way you define yourself makes all the difference? Everyday even if we don’t intend to, we answer the question, “who am I?”
We answer the “Who am I” question, in our behaviors, in our words, and in our moment-by-moment choices.
Here’s the challenge: Pick a new way of BEING to define yourself then “act as if” that is who you believe you are. Here are some choices to get the juices flowing:
- I am lighthearted
- I am intelligent
- I am secure
- I am joyous
- I am a child of God
- I am wise
- I am a problem-solver
- I am creative
- I am compassionate
Think about this new identity and set an intention to “BE” this new identity when you are in an argument with someone, when dealing with a potential client and with your friends and family. Please let me know what words you decide on to define yourself, and share your declaration with the world by posting below.
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