Have you ever given any thought to the POWER of Labels? Whether it’s on a cereal box, on a handbag, or the hood of a car, a Label says a lot about the product, the company, and whether we like it or not, the kind of person you are for buying it.
And to take that a step further ~ what about the power of labels you apply to yourself? Or that you allowed society to place on you?
For instance, children who are struggling to learn, if labeled as ‘gifted’ or ‘advanced’, can begin to find themselves ‘fitting the label’. (Have a look at the “Teaching Tale” )
“The most expensive thing on earth is the opinions of other people, and the Label of Yourself that they have sold you.” ~ Joe Schroeder
My friend and Home & Small Business Network colleague, The GREAT Edward Elliott, in his latest Share Your Dream Friday blog post introduced Tonya Heathco. While every one of his Friday Dreamers is inspiring, this lady’s story really struck me.
Why? Because she decided that if Edward can call himself “The Great”, then she could call herself “Terrific Tonya”, and from that moment, the epileptic seizures that had plagued her life Stopped!
Just pause a moment and take that in….
So, here’s a little exercise for you.
Take a notepad, and at the top of a blank page write –
I AM …
For the next 5 minutes, write down every single label you can think of that you use to describe yourself, or that others use in talking about you.
- I am a woman
- I am a wife
- I am clumsy
- I am talkative
- I am fat
- I am a teacher
- I am broke
- I am a good driver
- I am lazy
- I am a good speller
- etc, etc, etc
Doesn’t matter whether it’s physical, mental, or a job description ~ Just Write It Down.
When the 5 minutes is up, go through the list and Cross Out all the labels that Don’t Serve You.
Cross out the ones you hate, the ones you wish weren’t so, and the ones you can hear in your mother/teacher/highschool bully’s voice. Also cross out the job titles – unless the work it describes is what you were Born to do and fills you with joy every day.
What you’ll have left is the good stuff.
Don’t be surprised if it’s a short list.
(PS. Some of the stuff that’s left might be things you can’t change ~ like your age, or being short or left-handed. While there may be things you can do to mitigate or improve on those labels – like wear 6″ heels – generally they’re in the ‘Just Deal With It’ department.)
Now comes the fun part.
Start a new page. Write at the top –
NOBODY KNOWS YET THAT I AM ……
- An Opera singer
- A Millionaire
- on the Dean’s list
- Skinny and fit
- Flying First class every time
- a great marketer
- Brilliant at public speaking
- A great leader
- a Diamond Distributor/Eagle/Starfleet commander
- A Goddess
Have fun with this. Play. Let your imagination run wild. List all the things you wish were on your first list.
I’m giving you permission to CHOOSE YOUR OWN labels.
When you’re done, choose one (or more if you wish) to Truly Own. The one that fits like a glove – you’ll know it when you find it.
And … here’s the Magic Part … Begin to say it out loud.
Refer to yourself as …. whatever it is.
Say it in the mirror, morning and night, with a smug grin on your face and a knowing twinkle in your eye.
Use it in your signatures and introductions.
And prepare to be amazed at the deliciousness that unfolds.
“Whoever you tell the world that you are, is what you will live to prove, day in and day out.” ~ Joe Schroeder
And don’t forget to give consideration to the labels you give others.
If you’re constantly telling your kid he’s ‘being stupid’, do you really think he’s going to be anything else?
If you call your husband unromantic, your roommate sloppy, your upline unresponsive, you’re basically affirming in them all the things you don’t want and you are going to get more of the same.
Speak greatness INTO people and become what Joe calls “A walking reward.”
There is no denying the Power of Labels – it’s been proven over and over again that what you think you become.
So what’s YOUR new Title, scrumptious one?