Hmm.. pondering the question “what’s your label?” from Tara over at Scoutie Girl is asking this week for We Scout Wednesdays. I have noticed a shift in myself. Here’s the scoop:
This is the ultimate cocktail party question that in the past I always hated answering. In my previous life, the scenario went something like this: “What do you do?” “Um, I’m a probation officer” “Oh.” walks away. Yup. Keep in mind, I lived in small northern towns and in one of them I was THE ONLY probation officer. So, I usually steered far away from that topic of conversation. When my friends and I went to Vegas one year, I told them NOT to tell any one I was a PO – to pick something else like lawyer; I could fake a lawyer if I needed to. Hilariously, we met these guys who were….wait for it…you got it, prison guards. And they were doing the same thing. My friends roared!
Now a days, three years out of government life, I have gone through an evolution of labels. When I left government, I actually ran off and became a yoga teacher. The jewellery was there, but only part-time, on the periphery. For a year, I taught full-time, and would say ” I teach yoga”. Then, after my first show, and a cut back of teaching, I started to say: “I teach yoga and I make and sell jewellery.”
Over the course of the jewellery biz life, I have played with the name and have gone from Silver Gems, to Leona’s Silver Gems, to Silver Links, to Silver Lynx. And now when I introduce myself, I say “I design and sell handmade jewellery”.
Tara’s point is that whatever you label yourself can give you the power, the confidence to BE that and more. I remember clearly in teacher training when Craig started to call us teachers. It was about the time we finished posture clinic; into week 8. His point was clear: You are teachers, so act like you are teachers. I thought it was a cool shift in perspective.
Choose your label consciously.
Choose your label with flourish.
And then Go For It!