This is Me: An Exercise In Authenticity

It’s been said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living. And I believe that to hold so very true. Staying in touch with ourselves is the key to ensuring we’re on the right path.

 
Every now and then, it doesn’t hurt to hang a question mark on some of the things we have come to believe and accept. But, things change, people change, and circumstances change. And as such, our perspectives can change.

 
Allow yourself to borrow a few moments from your busy day today and do a bit of self-reflection and evaluation. I put together this simple exercise to help. You’ll be surprised at how the answers to these teeny, tiny questions can make such a huge impact.
 

As a Woman, I:

 
excel at…
 
struggle with…
 
am overwhelmed by…
 
secretly fear…
 
am proud of…
 
need to work on…
 
want to learn more about…
 
secretly wish…
 
get up every day excited about…
 
look up to…
 
could do without…
 
can’t live without…
 
 
 
 

As a business owner, I:

 
excel at…
 
struggle with…
 
am overwhelmed by…
 
secretly fear…
 
am proud of…
 
need to work on…
 
want to learn more about…
 
secretly wish…
 
get up every day excited about…
 
look up to…
 
could do without…
 
can’t live without…
 
 
 
 

Here are my answers:

 

As a Woman, I:

excel at… multitasking and keeping things on track.
 
struggle with… making time for myself.
 
am overwhelmed by… packed schedules and too much ‘stuff’.
 
secretly fear… a health concern will come along and rock my world.
 
am proud of… my resilience and how far I have come.
 
need to work on… sticking to my schedule. (Wanderlust, anyone?)
 
want to learn more about… neuroscience.
 
secretly wish… I got a degree in Psychology, not to practice- just to have it.
 
get up every day excited about… creating something new that wasn’t there yesterday.
 
look up to… Brené Brown.
 
could do without… repetitive noises. (Misaphonia is in full force over here!)
 
can’t live without… my husband, kids, and friends.
 
 
 
 

As a business owner, I:

excel at… making genuine connections with people.
 
struggle with… trying to do it all.
 
am overwhelmed by… how much time it can take to do things the way I want them done.
 
secretly fear… that people won’t be thrilled with the offerings I put out there.
 
am proud of… being able identify and maintain my authenticity.
 
need to work on… finishing what I start.
 
want to learn more about… how to present my offerings in a way that best serve my clients.
 
secretly wish… I had more hours in the day.
 
get up every day excited about… putting pen to paper (or, fingers to keyboard).
 
look up to… Sally Hogshead.
 
could do without… people that don’t value my time.
 
can’t live without… my Macbook, and my coffee.
 
 
 
There. That wasn’t so hard. Now, it’s your turn.

You can:

1. Jot your answers down in a journal.
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2. Reblog and link to this post.
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3. Best of all, share your answers to one of all of the prompts in the comments below. We’d love to hear your thoughts! And, you just may meet a kindred spirit.

 

So… what say you?

 

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Melissa Bolton

Brand Therapist™ + Copywriter at Melissa Bolton
Melissa is a mompreneur and brand therapist™ providing neurobranding and conversion copywriting services to solopreneurs and micro-business owners looking to truly connect with their right people. Leaning on proven psychology principles, she helps clients create a brand presence that's not only explicitly unique, but highly memorable. She offers 25 years of extensive sales and marketing experience through her proprietary brand therapy™ methodologies. You can learn more about her and how she can help you grown your own brand, right here: MelissaBolton.com
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4 Comments

  1. Erin Baebler

    I really love this post. Can’t wait to write down my answers!

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    • Melissa Bolton

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed 🙂

      Reply
  2. Brita Schumacher

    I love these thought provoking questions both as a mom and a business owner! I think I may steal this idea for our annual meeting. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Melissa Bolton

      Thank you, Brita! Please share away 🙂
      And feel free to share here, too with your answers in the comments- if you’re so inclined.

      Reply

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