Finding the answer to the question “Who are you” can be like walking through a maze full of distorted mirrors and mirages.
Making an Identity Map of ourselves can be a first step in giving us a point of reference. After all, there is no way to get to a destination, if you can’t find the starting point on the map.
Consider an Identity Map to be the starting point.
First, a word of encouragement:
You are a Bad Ass.
You may not know it yet. You may not believe it yet.
You just need to get to know yourself. I mean REALLY get to know the amazing Bad Ass person you really are.
Getting to know ourselves can be a real challenge. And there is no way to cheat the process.
Like anything in life…what you put into this process is what you will get out of it.
But you and I? We got this. We are courageous and worthy of the effort.
There is a lot I want to get done in my lifetime.
I have goals, dreams, and a purpose.
Still working on the defining of that purpose, but dammit I know I have one! 🙂
We all have a purpose to fulfill. None of us are here for nothing.
But in order for you or I to get to where we are headed. We need to know where it is we are meant to be going.
So who the heck am I anyways?
And who the heck are you?
Creating an Identity Map
can provide us with a start
on the mapping of the journey.
Identity Maps Highlight:
- How you view yourself in relation to people such as family, neighbors, friends, and community
- How you view yourself in relation to activities such as work, hobbies, and how else you may spend your time
- How you view yourself in relation to personality, interests, and whatever is most important to you
Don’t Overthink It: Here’s Mine
- Clarity of Who I am
- Reminder of What is Important to Me
- Remind me of my Purpose
- Strengthen my Resolve
- Clarify a Vision
- How do you view yourself?
- How do you describe yourself?
- What is important to you?
- What makes you who you are?
We can learn about ourselves by comparing our identities, perspectives, and experiences with others.
For example, look at the difference between your own Identity Map and the one I created.
What differences do you see?
You can learn a lot through comparison and contrast.
And by observing others, you can learn and identify more about yourself.
Important: Your Identity Map is not something that is fixed and eternal.
Obviously, you cannot change your ethnicity or nationality.
But other characteristics such as personality, physical fitness, and hobbies change as we grow and develop throughout our lives.
Your identity map reflects a state of mind and self-perception in the current moment.
Nothing is fixed and we are not meant to be stationary or remain unchanged.
We are called to question, learn, grown and develop into all that we were meant to be.