Sunday, June 03, 2018

Becoming a slave to the image you built

We’re all addicted to a certain image of ourselves. 

And that’s why we go to great lengths to preserve what we consider to be our identity. 

Because it’s the racket we think we're winning with. It’s the asset that got us where we are, and why give that up? 

But the thing we forget is, each of us is a constantly evolving and unfolding process. There is no such thing as a fixed identity. We all have the right to move on. Everyone is allowed to update who they are. 

There’s a helpful mantra for this very issue. 

Live larger than your labels. 

Take it from a person who’s been wearing a nametag everyday for the past eighteen years. Once we accept that what identified us in the past doesn’t define us in the future, we’re free. 

Free to cast off the crap that used to weigh us down. Free ti let go of our limited and fictitious sense of identity and steal a worthier self. And free to surrender our need to present the right image of ourselves so that we’re not rejected. 

I was just reminded of a great question from an old support group. 

How do you react when you’re not measuring up to your image of yourself? 

Tricky. Because on one hand, there’s this desire to be brand consistent, so to speak. But on the other hand, if we’re not measuring up, maybe it’s finally time to change the image. 

To stop clinging to a funny little story that gives us some kind of certainty. 

And to stop holding on and buying into an identity that no longer fits the person we have become.

What part of yourself are you afraid to let go of?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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