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Who the HELL do you think you are!

Updated: Jul 17


Yeah You!


Who exactly do you think you are?


No I am not asking you for a fight but simply asking a question. To find the answer complete this exercise


You will need a pad of Post-It Notes, a marker pen and a torch. Oh, and a wall in a room that can be blacked out


Write a label you identify with on each Post-It note

There will be hundreds, or even thousands,

  1. Family and relationship labels: Wife, Husband, brother, friend

  2. Work labels: Boss, employee, colleague, supervisor, skilled worker, non-skilled worker

  3. Personality and emotional labels: Happy, sad, angry, frustrated, embarrassed, guilty

  4. Hobby labels: Fisherman, Athlete, Birdwatcher, Gamer

  5. Phobias

  6. Things you like

  7. Driver, swimmer, walker, runner

  8. etc etc

Now put them all up on the big wall


Look at them all, which of these are actually YOU? All of them? None of them?


To find out pick up the torch, turn it on and turn out the light so the room is pitch black.


Holding the torch you can pick out individual labels.


You are NONE of these labels ...


You are the light


Martyn Dawes is a Coach, Social Care Consultant, and Author of The Overwhelmed Manager: What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Martyn@martyndawes.co.uk


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