Updated: Jul 17, 2022
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,
Family and relationship labels: Wife, Husband, brother, friend
Work labels: Boss, employee, colleague, supervisor, skilled worker, non-skilled worker
Personality and emotional labels: Happy, sad, angry, frustrated, embarrassed, guilty
Hobby labels: Fisherman, Athlete, Birdwatcher, Gamer
Things you like
Driver, swimmer, walker, runner
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