One of my least favorite questions/statements/conversation starters of all time is ‘Tell me about yourself.”
It’s not really a question and it’s not a statement. Although it’s meant to start a conversation, I don’t ever feel excited to start there, you?
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But then I think to myself, how often do we think about who we are? The quick thing is to talk about the roles we play in our lives “I’m a married mother of two…” or our jobs “I’m a Life Coach focused on helping women find leisure and productivity in their lives…” But are those things who we are?
One of the very first questions I ask anyone that works with me is who are you? The answer is usually “what?” , but then I ask again “if I stripped every label from you, who would you be?”
I ask because knowing who we are, leads us to truly knowing what we want, which leads to prioritizing in our lives, which leads to more happiness, which leads to better productivity, which leads to true success.
If you don’t know yourself, or if you’re not learning about yourself, how can you know what will truly work for your life?
So I’m asking you, how well do you know yourself? Who would you be if all the external labels were removed (mom, sister, daughter, wife, partner etc.) and you needed to express your soul. . . would you know yourself?
Maybe it’s time to get personally intimate with yourself.