Don’t Let Labels Define You!

I attended Catholic grade school and had to attend Mass every day.

We took turns singing in the choir.

When it was my turn, I was asked to “mouth the words” because my voice was terrible. 

That was some 50 plus years ago, and it’s still a “label” that I carry around with me—I can’t sing! 

Of course, it’s not the only label that I carry around with me…oldest in a family of 9 (I told you we were Catholic)…speaker and author in the mortgage industry…wife…mother…sister—labels too many to mention here. 

Here’s the thing. 

We all have positive labels (good golfer, nice hair, nice car, etc.).  Negative labels (not pretty, neurotic, lazy).   Labels that define who we are (mortgage industry, only child, caretaker). 

Labels that define who we THINK we are.

When you label yourself, ask yourself whether or not the label is true. 

I’m a _____________________

I’m a _____________________

I’m a _____________________

I’m a _____________________

I’m a _____________________

Ponder your answers and ask yourself WHY they are true.  Did someone give you a negative label that you’ve carried around with you forever?

Labels can pigeon-hole you into certain behaviors and categories that you just can’t seem to let go of and that continue to rule your life.

The truth is—YOU are hundreds of different labels.  Only you can define which ones are true and which ones are lies. 

So, try to let go of the lies.  Tell yourself it isn’t true.   And stop letting other people define you.