This quote is so ingrained in my language and mindset that I can’t even remember if it’s mine or if I read it somewhere years ago. If you know where this came from, please let me know!
A strong sense of identity and self-image is required for true emotional intelligence and happiness. Our identity is made of many things. Identity is a complex topic. But if we keep this simple, your personal identity is made up of your abilities, dreams, values, beliefs, physical attributes and more. Your self-image also reflects your perspective on how the world works. Then there’s your gender, family influences, race, education, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.
You may have experienced an identity crisis or known someone who has. This normally occurs when someone feels unsure about their place in the world or has an experience that leads them to questioning important things that they thought were true.
Here’s what I know for sure. When we base our identity on our work, it bites us somewhere. It’s so easy to be defined by our careers, job titles and salaries, but what happens when our job falls apart? A sudden redundancy, disappointing performance review or set back in a promotion that you were sure was going to happen can all cause very real stress.
If you sometimes, or regularly feel that your job and the people at work get the best of you, today’s quote is for you. Our job should only be one aspect of who we are and what we do. I am so much more than the work I do. I am a mum, daughter, friend, coach, nature lover, footy fan … Today’s coaching tip is a reminder to nurture all the aspects of who you are as a whole person.
If you want to do a mini audit on the areas of your life that most influence how you see yourself, consider the following:
- Personal development
– Lisa Stephenson
Founder, The Coach Place Global
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