I learned the power of changing labels. Kind of like one of these, but for the mind:
I have these awesome little cards that I rotate on my dresser. One day, the card said this:
and over the course of the day, I realized that I needed a new label for what I was doing and a new way to think of it. I thought I was “changing jobs,” but really I was changing something else: I was going from being a life-long “corporate employee ” (which I have loved) to being a “freelancer” (a brand new thing.)
This new label feels more authentic. It reflects both the adventure and the risk. It helps me understand the pervasive uncertainty that I feel. It also makes me look around for other labels I can change.
How about you? What’s a label you’ve changed?