“The true identity theft is not financial. It’s not in cyberspace. It’s spiritual. It’s been taken.” ~ Stephen Covey
No, I’m not talking about stealing someone’s financial identity. I’m asking if you’re trying to be something you’re not or if you’re being yourself. Are you comfortable to be you?
When someone asks about you, how do you describe yourself? What is your self identity? Do you tell someone what you do? Do you say, “I’m just. . . .”?
When you ask yourself “who am I?” how do you answer? Do you answer with your job title or family position? Do you know who you are deep down? Are you trying to be like someone else?
If you’re not being your authentic self, you’re committing your own identity fraud.
The number one regret of those dying is, “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
We grow up learning what we “should” do. Learning society norms that say we grow up, graduate high school, go to college, get married, have babies, etc.
Maybe that’s not the right path for you and that’s OK! Following that path doesn’t make you a better person than anyone else and not following that path doesn’t make you anything less!
5 Questions to ask yourself to evaluate if you’re committing identify fraud:
- What are your values and are you being true to them?
- What are you pretending not to know?
- How are you being perceived by others? Is that how you want to be perceived?
- What do you want your life to be in 5 years?
- What is working and what is not working in your life right now?
Where are you committing identity fraud? You must be honest with yourself before you can be true to yourself.
Quit trying to be something you’re not, be confident in who you are. Be yourself. Follow YOUR dreams, no one else’s.