How do you show up in the world, in your work, in your life? Do you arrive to a meeting with a persona or are you 100% you? What about your voice? Are you able to control it according to the situation or is it a dead giveaway to how you feel? I’ve been thinking a lot about who I am and how I show up. As I read the latest book by Twyla Tharp, the concept of persona plays with my mind. Can I be who I am or do I need to compartmentalize who I am and what I want? So many questions as I explore the world of voices, personas, and values in today’s episode of Getting Work To Work.

Quotes Mentioned in the Episode:

Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life by Twyla Tharp:

“Identity can be an attachment that holds you back, just as surely as an overdose of nostalgia. Maybe you think of yourself as an extrovert or a daydreamer or type A. Yes, having a clear sense of yourself is closely related to having confidence and good self-esteem. But when was the last time you decided to opt out of something because it ‘wasn’t like you’? … Learn to imagine yourself differently” (p. 43).

“Your objective is to free yourself to be whatever and whoever you need to be right now” (p. 45).

4 questions to ask yourself as you consider your voice, persona, and values:

  1. What are your values?
  2. How is your past and current identity holding you back from your values?
  3. What voices have you developed, if any, and what is your level of comfortability in using them?
  4. Are you willing to do the work necessary to change?

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