POWER PLAY #25
Change Your Identity
Imagine that two people who have been fifty pounds overweight for the past ten years decide to go on a diet. After six months of dieting, both succeed in losing fifty pounds. A year later, one of them has gained back the fifty pounds, plus another ten, while the second person maintained this new healthier weight for the rest of her life. What do you think the critical difference was between these two people?
Some might say willpower, but willpower can only take you so far and ultimately it can be toppled. In my experience, for a change to take hold long term, it must happen at the deepest level of who you are. The deepest level of who you are is your “identity.” No matter how much you change in the short-term, long-term you will always revert back to your identity.
If a person loses weight, but inwardly she still has an identity of being a person who is overweight, eventually she will gain that weight back. To maintain a healthy weight long term, she must change her identity.
What’s your identity as a presenter? We’ve had people over the years come into our trainings with identities like the following:
I don’t like giving presentations.
I always get nervous when I get up to speak.
Needless to say, this identity will severely limit the any hope these people have of becoming outstanding presenters, no matter how much training they receive. It’s only when they make a shift in their identities that their true potential becomes available. The way
to shift your identity is to create an identity statement that consists of two parts. The first part indicates a strength you currently
have or want to have. The second part of your identity statement addresses what you want to accomplish. My own identity statement for giving presentations is:
I love giving presentations! I always find a way to connect with and influence every audience I speak to!
To create your identity statement, answer the following questions:
1. What is the foremost strength you possess (or want to possess) as a presenter that proves you can achieve greatness?
2. What do you ultimately hope to accomplish as a presenter?
Once you’ve answered these questions, combine the answers into your own two-part identity statement and begin using it right away. It might feel foreign at first, but remember, we become what we think about. Give yourself some time and let your new identity statement help you become the presenter you were meant to be.