Who are you?
How you see yourself determines everything about your life.
Are you a success or a failure?
Are you a people person or not?
Are you a good leader?
Are you a good lover?
Are you strong or weak? Healthy or unhealthy? Disciplined or sloppy?
Your identity shapes your life.
But your identity is just a habit.
Every day you wake up, you have the opportunity to be someone new.
Your identity is just a set of beliefs currently governing your life. And you can change those beliefs.
I changed my name a while back. I used to be Lars Holger Pind. Now I'm Sheldon Calvin Norbert Correli.
I think that changing my name had a profound impact on my life.
Because so much identity is tied up in a name, it felt like it broke some really deep-seated patterns in the recesses of my mind.
It really helped me form a new identity, one that's much more in line with who I feel like I am at my core.
More importantly, it taught me some invaluable lessons about how fluid identity is.
I'm not saying you have to change your name. Though I do encourage it.
I am saying you don't have to be today who you were yesterday.
Be somebody new. Be even more unapologetically yourself.
Tell yourself who you are, and that's who you'll be.