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Is Your Old Identity Preventing You From Being Who You Are Now?

I like to read Susan David’s blog. She’s the Radical Candor author and recently she wrote about how she’s changed since the pandemic.


Who hasn’t, right?

 

It got me thinking about who I was before the pandemic and how I’ve evolved since then. Before the pandemic I often travelled 3 weeks of every month. I often worked 70 hours a week. I always enjoyed my work. My colleagues called me the ‘energizer bunny’.

 

Four years later, things have changed. I’ve gotten 4 years closer to retirement. I had to face some at time debilitating knee pain that limited my mobility. My inspirational manager left. And I got to slow down and sleep in on Saturdays.

 

Before I couldn’t imagine myself slowing down, retiring. Now I’m finding I’m really enjoying not having my days super scheduled. I’m still loving my work, I’m still vibrant and engaged and fulfilled. I just want to make space for other things in my life than just work; things like reading each day, savouring long lunches with girlfriends, having time for daily physical therapy exercises, meditating, and sleeping more.


I no longer want to be the energizer bunny, so I’m letting that identity go.

 

I want to lead a more balanced life by making room for something other than work, duty and obligation. And that’s my new identity, at least for now.


Try this ONE thing


How has your identity changed over the last few years? The good news is that you get to take on a new identity whenever it suits you.

 


Hey! Are you already successful and accomplished? Do you have many things to appreciate about your life right now? Are you always open to learning more and growing yourself?


Despite all your successes, do you sometimes doubt yourself? Do you hesitate to go after what you really want in life?


Or maybe you dismiss your past successes, putting them down to luck, and don’t really see how extraordinary you really are?


If this sounds like you, you and I should have a conversation. Drop me a line here, karen.laidlaw.theONEthing@outlook.com, and let’s talk!

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