Managing other people’s perceptions of us can be a full time job.
If there were an application posted on a career website, the headline would read:
Seeking a codependent narcissistic workaholic to dive deep into the ego vortex of excessive impression management. Low pay. Burnout likely. Zero prior experience necessary.
Funny thing is, we justify our obsession with people’s perception of us in the name of managing our golden reputation. Protecting our precious personal brand.
Until we finally reach the age of reason, realizing that, like most things in life, reputation is not actually something we have control over. It never was. Because it’s not even real. It’s just a story people sell themselves about who they think we are, based on their own projections, triggers and insecurities.
The kicker is, the moment we do something that people don’t like, the moment we commit the crime of being human, our reputation changes faster than a pregnant woman’s mood swings.
And we will never understand how. Therefore, why should we be invested in another person’s chemical reaction to us? What they think about us is none of our business.
Talent, on the other hand, is our business. It’s the one thing in this world that does belong to us. The one thing we actually have control over. And because each of us is born with a talent, a special gift that is unique and necessary to the whole of humanity, we have a sense of responsibility to use it, not bury it.
Don’t waste your time trying to manage people’s impression of you.
Let go of trying to control what you never had control over in the first place, and you will free up your energy to show the world what you’ve come here to contribute.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
How are we going to keep you and your talent from dying today?
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