The answer is always to be myself
I've got a lot on my mind this week, what with my trip out West coming up next week. It always seems like there's a lot to get done before you can even think about leaving town! Not to mention doing double the freelance work so you can make up for the lost income. And arranging for the health and feeding of the other life forms that depend on you, like canines and teens.
But all that seems to pale in comparison with the mental preparation needed. I'm taking the trip to investigate if I want to move back to SoCal. So, it's really a working trip. I'll be reconnecting with friends and also trying to make some professional connections.
And, I have to admit, I've got a bit of nervous energy about this trip. What will it be like? What will I find out? Who will I meet?
In light of all this frenetic tension, today's phone session with my life coach was a true blessing. I brought to her the concern that I might be labeled by the people I meet before they know me. She then asked all the right questions to get me to sort out my core beliefs and convictions.
She helped me boil things down to two choices:
- I can try to win people over by arguing my way through those attributes with which I might be labeled, or
- I can be myself.
When I worry about how I might be labeled (I told my coach), it's like my identity is a creature in my chest trying to get out. Like it's bigger than me, pushing against the inside of my rib cage—some alien being that will blow out of me and make a bloody mess.
When I think about being myself, it's more like there's a star shining from within me, radiating outward and being fully recognizable to anyone who sees me. I don't have to do anything for it to be seen; it's just self-evident.
It's the difference between having to prove myself, and having to be myself.
So my assignment from my coach before I leave is to run scenarios in my imagination of being placed in a situation where I'm being labeled and rather than trying to prove myself, I respond instead with who I am.
Sounds a lot easier, doesn't it?
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