Each and every one of us is sharing who we think we are with the world through our behaviours and actions. So what are you sharing and is it what you’d like to be sharing..?
Throughout our lifetimes we have collated quite a list of labels for ourselves…
“I’m good at art”
“I’m bad at maths”
“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t swear”
“I’m someone who upholds the law”
“I’m a glass half full kind of person”
And on and on and on.
Just spend a moment thinking about what you say about yourself, to yourself, and where those ideas came from. (Did you choose them??)
What are you sharing with the world without realising?
It’s not just to ourselves that we say these things. We broadcast them to the world, mostly unconsciously, through the behaviour we display and actions we do or don’t take.
Let’s take “I’m good at art” as an example.
When that is believed as who you are, you might follow a career in the arts. You might become an artist, teach art or go to art classes.
If you’ve taken on “I’m bad at maths” you will most likely not have pursued a career that involves maths in any way; you’ll likely avoid doing tax returns, adding up in your head or volunteer to help with the kids or grandkids maths homework.
If you’ve taken on “I’m not good enough” (which incidentally I did for most of my years on the planet) then you will shy away from putting myself forward for things and will like to shrink into the shadows.
Could you communicate something different?
Well with this knowledge there is a different experience available.
Without fully believing those labels, new labels can be created and new experiences, new behaviours and actions, happen effortlessly.
When the labels can be seen as innocent acquisitions that we took to be true – that we took to be who we were – there can be forgiveness for their acceptance as truths, and new ideas about ourselves can be considered.
It’s a process that I’m currently playing with and one which I invite clients to play with too.
What if those labels and ideas that you have about yourself are not true and can be let go of? What if new ones could be created that mean life becomes more fun and exciting?
It’s a bit like a computer with it’s operating system. The computer behaves according to the operating system it has. And the operating system is always getting upgraded to produce ‘better’ results.
What if the same were true for humans?
What is the operating system you’re running? Is it useful? What would an upgrade look like? What could you do in life if your operating system had a complete re-write?
This is such an exciting prospect for the whole of humanity! Imagine of the whole of humanity (I’m not excluding myself from this) operated from love rather than fear?
I’ll share my new operating system with you another day!