“What I do is what I am.”
Recently I overheard someone say this, and it caught my attention. I’m not sure if I am struggling with the comment because I don’t agree with it or because it caused me to pause and consider how this limiting belief has affected me throughout my career.
So much is tied up in those seven words.
Am I my job? In an episode of Sex in the City, Carrie Bradshaw commented that writing is what she does, not who she is. Do people consider me a life and career coach before they consider me as anything else? Does my job ultimately define me? Shouldn’t there be room to evolve?
What this comment comes down to is how I define myself and how I want others to see me.
I ‘m the only who can change this perception of myself as more than my profession. If I want people to see me beyond my job, I need to show up in a new way. I need to demonstrate that I have different sides. My life can’t all be about my job.