Know your Identity and who you really are
Knowing who we are, our identity, personality and our values is a great motivator for us.
It enables us to reflect on when we are being ourselves or not being ourselves and this in turn helps us to make decisions.
Our identity comes from
- Our purpose – why are we here on the planet
- Our values, beliefs and qualities – what’s important to us
- Our environment – what’s going on around us and what are we doing
From this we come up with a thought – this is who I am.
Often in times of stress we can lose sight of who we are or maybe we even don’t know we are anyway. But it’s important in your life, in your business or career to know who you really are.
Watch the video and then have a think about the questions below:
Here is a little activity for you:
Take a piece of paper and ask yourself these questions:
- What are you?
- Who were you when you were a child?
- Who were you when you were a teenage?
- Who were you in your 20s, 30s 40s… and so on?
I recently did this activity with a client who acknowledged that in each answer she was always looking out for others, always taking care of others and making sure they were happy. This ran through her life and before doing this she had not realised it. Making a difference for people is part of her personality. This was good to know as she then realised that she wasn’t living her personality in her home or work life and this enabled her to make some decisions and take action.
When you’ve completed the activity, think of a symbol for who you are. I think of a jigsaw puzzle piece as I like to help people put things together.
Some might think of a shining light
Whatever your symbol – live with that and make decisions by that.
If there are parts of your personality that you don’t particularly like, for example, a behaviour that you are doing, then get in touch. I can help you sort that out really quickly and help you to be the person you want to be.
Until next week
Dr Bridget, Doing Work to Inspire you.