Much like actors on the big screens, being flexible with who we are, our identities, and the roles we're willing to take on, the more diverse the opportunities we can tackle.
On the big screen at the cinema or from the comfort of our own home on the TV, we see actors portray different roles. We see them take on a role, an entire identity, to tell a story. The better they perform their part, the more alive and real we experience the story. Highly experienced actors take on a variety of acting styles, roles and personas across many different storylines. The more flexible and versatile they are with their acting, the more opportunities and success they can get in their industry.
In a way, we're all actors in our own lives. We decide (although not always consciously) what roles we're willing to play. Much like actors on the big screens, being flexible with who we are, our identities, and the roles we're willing to take on, the more diverse the opportunities we can tackle.
When we limit ourselves, when we don't step outside our comfort zone and stick to the limited identity, roles and beliefs we know, we also limit our growth.
The skills we learn are a representation of the persona we are crafting. When we expand and explore new identities and take on new roles, we grow, and so do our skills.
By expanding, we become more versatile and resilient to life's challenges.
Maybe we need to start noticing areas of resistance in our lives and recognize if we've reached a limit of who we think we are and can be. It's not easy, but it's worth it if you're willing to do the hard work.
Next time you get feedback from friends, coworkers or boss, instead of protecting your identity, consider opening yourself to the opportunity presented to you. It might be the best gift you ever receive.
Sparknotion – Think Differently.