I think all change begins with a sense of awareness. Individuals need to be aware of who they are and what they desire; corporations must be aware of the same thing.
As I prepare for my year of change, I am working on my self-awareness. I struggle, like perhaps many of you do, to differentiate between the truth of who I am and the stories that I, or others, have created about me.
In his book “The Fifth Agreement,” Don Miguel Ruiz says that –
The story of you is everything that you know about you . . . You, knowledge, come from the symbols you hear in your head, from all the opinions of the people you love, the people you don’t love, the people you know, and mostly the people you’ll never know.
I’ve had to think about who is talking in my head, and remember that I understood who I was years before I started accepting messages about myself that may or may not be true.
We’ve all gotten these messages that make us less true to who we really are and cause us to become someone we are not:
Because of these messages, I revised my own story, erasing parts of myself. Suddenly, I took myself less seriously as a businessperson and lost some of my charisma by quieting down. I stopped writing for years, believing I didn’t have the skill. I gave up on finding a teaching job quickly, since it seemed to disappoint some people who were close to me.
We all have these messages that have distorted our stories. My commitment this year is to try to uncover them and rewrite a new story – one that includes the real me.