If you would like to identify some champions rattling around in your head, try this (and warning: don’t let your critic stop you! If he/she keeps getting in the way, get out a separate sheet of paper and write down whatever they say there, to be addressed later).
1) Get some things down on paper — don’t worry about answering all of these, use any that get the ideas flowing and skip the rest.
- Write down anything positive that is running through your head about yourself right now.
- Think back over the week until you hit on something that you feel proud of. What did you say to yourself when it happened? What did other people say to you about it?
- List all the compliments paid to you this week.
- What would you like people to say about you? What would you like to say about yourself?
- Think about someone you saw this week who you admire. What did you admire about them? What did you say to them (out loud or in your mind)?
- Fill in the blank:
I am at my best when I _____.
I have always been good at _____.
I really know how to _____.
I wish I could spend all my time _____.
___ is one of my greatest strengths.
2. Go down the list and for each phrase, jot down any associations that arise:
- Can you hear someone saying it? Is it someone you know? Does it remind you of someone, real or fictional?
- What does the person saying it look like?
- What qualities does their voice have?
- Do images or objects come to mind?
3. Write associations down on a new sheet of paper.
- Take a look at them. Are there different camps or are they all a variation on the same thing?
- Group them together or separate as needed.
4. Give each group a name and a catchphrase.
- As with the critics, this can be a descriptive alias, a random strong name, a job title or mark of authority, or it might be right there in your list of associations.
- Give them a catchphrase — something that they say often, or that embodies their spirit or sums them up for you.
- And now if you want to get really warm and fuzzy, write those names and catchphrases on a big sheet of paper in sparkly markers and give them a team name. The one our Creative Workout Group came up with for our collective champions yesterday was The Crack Team.
When I did this exercise for myself the other day, four different champions emerged. I’m calling them the Breakfast Club:
Gruff Teacher → “I’m proud of you.”
Excited Little Sister → “Wow, you’re doing this!” or “It’s WORKING!”
Calm Clear Girl → “You’re weird. I like you.”
Wild Freestyler → “I’m the Best!
See what emerges in your champion world!
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