The (very) Limiting Potential of LABELS..
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If I asked you to describe yourself, what would you reply?
I’m guessing you’d answer in a similar fashion to this:
I’m a white, middle-aged female, mom, trail runner and transformational coach.
Yup, that’s me (in a nutshell)..
It’s also a string of labels.
It’s how we as humans like to identify ourselves. It’s the image we project to those around us. And more often than not, it’s tied to our ego.
And there’s nothing wrong with that. We all do it. All the time.
Yup, each and every day we label ourselves according to how we feel.
I’m TOO OLD..
I’m an EXTROVERT/INTROVERT..
I’m an ADVENTURER..
I’m a GRADUATE..
I’m a FAILURE..
You get the picture..?
So what’s the problem, you ask?
Well labels are often LIMITING. We use them as excuses to limit our experience of life.
Here’s my own example:
As a young adult you would never have caught me running. Not on the tar and definitely not in the mountains.
Why? Because I really believed I was not built to run. And I hung onto that non-runner identity until well into my thirties. I used it as my excuse to not even try..
I only started running after I moved cities as a way to meet new people. And believe me, I set the bar exceptionally low before I started.
Yet here I am. Someone who LOVES to run. Quite far, and quite often..
It’s a simple story, but an illustration of how labels can limit our experience.
How by defining ourselves too specifically we often miss golden opportunities that could lead to experiences way beyond our imaginations.
That’s all well and good, you may say.. So how do we navigate this differently?
Well, here’s my challenge to you:
Notice when you’re hiding behind a label. Listen to your inner dialogue. Pay careful attention to just how often you use a label that’s simply a habit that feels familiar. Something that keeps you safely within your comfort zone..
For example: I’m bad at relationships so I’ll just stay single..
Consciously let that thought go.
Remember, that label is based on previous experience. Who you were in the past.
And that version of you no longer exists..!
Which means that in our true form in this very moment,
we have NO LABELS besides how we choose to EXPRESS ourselves right here and now.
I know that’s a mouthful but think about it..
If we started identifying as an expression of how we feel in the moment, instead of shackling ourselves to a definitive label/identity, we open ourselves to the fluidity of life and opportunity.
Yup, we truly get to experience being anything we CHOOSE to be..
Feelings and emotions flow through us. They’re temporary. Fluid.
When we begin to identify as them, we dam the flow (and our own expansion).
There’s a huge difference to feeling the emotion of victimhood as opposed to identifying as I am a victim..
Do you feel the energetic difference of each..?
Let the emotion be your expression of who you are NOW.
Because at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters..