Clarifying Your Identity Disparities

The other night, my daughter had gotten in trouble and had to spend some alone time in her room.  When she came out, she came to me very thoughtfully and asked if we could talk about something.  Of course, I could feel that there was something coming in the impending conversation.
 
She said to me, “Sometimes I think I’m dumb”.
 
She’s eight, and this is what is weighing on her mind.  How often do we have similar thoughts?  How often do we wonder how others see us and how we see ourselves?  But the real question is, how often do we decide how we want to see ourselves and make it happen?
 
As we’ve walked through the process of discovering your intentional identity in my previous posts (Starting here).  I’d venture to guess that the answers you put down don’t always align with the thoughts in our head.  And, now days, weeks, or quarantines later, maybe you’re in a different mood or place...
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Composing Your Personal Mission Statement

Over the past few weeks, I have provided you with a few exercises to help you frame who you are and what success means to you.  Now that you have taken the time to understand your origin story, core values, and personality, creating a Personal Mission Statement is the next step that brings all of those pieces together to define your Intentional Identity.
 
As I mentioned in my previous posts, you won’t be successful until you know who you are.  Because, when it comes to success, one of the key components is a clear definition of what success look like to you.  Without defining what success is to you, you will never know if you have reached it, or whether you are even on the right track.  And, while success is more than understanding who you are, this understanding is the foundation.
 
After the exercises of the past few weeks, you now have a solid foundation to build your future.  A future that follows the path of success as you have...
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Realizing Your Personality Traits

As I've discussed in a previous post, Intentional Identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself. It’s living authentically, understanding where you’ve come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future. I firmly believe that the foundation for your path to success is defining your Intentional Identity and using it to drive your future vision and actions.
 
In order to truly discover your Intentional Identity, I've outlined the following five step process:
  • Documenting Your Origin Story
  • Understanding Your Motivations
  • Realizing Your Personality Traits
  • Composing Your Personal Mission Statement
  • Clarifying Your Identity Disparities
Are there any personality traits you've heard others apply to you consistently throughout your life? For me, this is a definite yes! Bossy, direct, talks too much, smart, sassy...and many more.
 
Whether we like them or not, there are particular traits that are inherent to who we are as an individual....
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Understanding Your Motivations

The thoughts and feelings you have, the actions that you take, the dreams you aspire to, and everything in between start with your Core Values.  Those philosophies and principles that define what's most important to you also define your motivation in any situation.  Whether you realize it or not, they are the components you will use to make decisions.
 
Core values are those deeply held, intrinsic motivations that drive each decision we make and how we prioritize our lives.  For many of us, we have never stopped to think about what we value and why. 
 
I remember the first time I did this exercise about 6 years ago.  We were encouraged in a team meeting to review a list of values and select the 5-10 that were most important to us.  It was eye opening for me to see how different the answers were for the 10 people in the room.  I guess I had never really given much thought to the realization that we are all...
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Documenting Your Origin Story

As I've discussed in a previous post, Intentional Identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself. It’s living authentically, understanding where you’ve come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future.  I firmly believe that the foundation for your path to success is defining your Intentional Identity and using it to drive your future vision and actions.
 
In order to truly discover your Intentional Identity, I've outlined the following five step process:
  • Documenting Your Origin Story
  • Understanding Your Motivations
  • Realizing Your Personality Traits
  • Composing Your Personal Mission Statement
  • Clarifying Your Identity Disparities
In today's post, I plan to dig deeper into your Origin Story...let's find out where you've come from, and how that history impacts who you are today and who you want to be in the future.
 
Why do we need to understand our past?  You and I both know that there is no real superhero that...
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You Won't Be Successful Until You Know Who You Are

When it comes to success, one of the key components is a clear definition of what success looks like to you.  Without defining what success is to you, you will never know if you have reached it, or whether you are even on the right track.  And, while success is more than understanding who you are, this understanding is the foundation.
 
You won't be successful until you know who you are.
 
If you were to take a look at the profiles of several successful business men and women, you would consistently find people who live on purpose.  They have drive and ambition that comes from their core being and they are intentional about who they are and what they do.  I like to call this an Intentional Identity.
 
Intentional identity is the clear, unapologetic view of yourself.  It's living authentically, understanding where you've come from, where you are today, and where you want to be in the future. 
 
The critical...
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