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You are the CEO of your life

Would you recognise yourself if you bumped into yourself at an office party?

Think about this for a moment. Imagine you’re at an office party, and someone introduces you to… yourself.

Who do you see? What do you see? What facial expression? What body language? What does the person say to you? “So, what do you do?”. What does the person’s voice sound like? What about the person’s energy? And how do you respond to yourself?

It’s common knowledge among psychologists that we underrate ourselves. So it’s entirely possible that the person you’re imagining meeting, seeing, and engaging with is a little awkward; or shy; or strange; or stuck up; or not really engaged. And it’s entirely possible that the person you’re imagining meeting is not quietly confident, reassuringly approachable, and fully self-expressed.

But here’s the thing. If the person you are being [and meeting at the office party] is not the person you want to be [and meet at the office party], then start doing something about it.

Not that I’m totally fussed what others think of me. A little, yes, but not totally. My point here is that you are the CEO of your life, and as such you can take control of who you are, and how you relate to, engage with, and communicate with other people – and start being that person.

Notice how I said start “being” that person. That’s because we are human beings, not human doings. So begin by stopping the habit of just doing stuff, and start being who you are. And instead of asking people, “What do you do?” and “Where do you live?”, ask them, “What drives you?” and What do you live for?

Feels awkward, doesn’t it? I mean who rocks up at a party and asks a random stranger, “So, what do you live for?”. Everyone is sure to think you’re crazy – a sort of fanatical New Age nutter. And that reason may just be the one reason that stops you from being in communication with other people, and keeps you doing just more small talk.

What I am proposing is a different way of being, and a different conversation, for people who are out to play BIG. I’m really not into small talk, small worries, or small fry. It’s a crummy way of being. And I invite you to take this on as you make your way around more office parties.

More reading:

Is the voice in your head a champion for who you are?
The worst boss in the world? That would be YOU.
What makes you itch?

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