If you were introducing yourself to someone new what would you say? How would you describe yourself?
Before you read the rest of this post, take out a piece of paper and write down your introduction.
Did it sound something like this?
Hi. I am Tom. I am a writer, speaker and coach. I help people live an extraordinary life by showing them how to intentionally focus on what matters most in their life.
Hi. I am Tom. I am an imperfect Christian, who loves to spend time with my lovely wife and awesome children.
Hi. I am Tom, a guy who wears many hats! I am also known as dad, daddy, grandpa, honey, husband, and a few other titles reserved just for my wife.
All of the introductions above are true statements about me and could all be used depending on the setting I am in.
In a recent poll I did on Facebook, most of the people who responded included their occupation.
Look back at what you wrote down for your introduction. Were you like the majority of the people who responded? Did you include your occupation?
Are you just a plumber, teacher, pastry chef, police officer, CEO or stock clerk? Of course not, you might also be a parent, grandparent, Christian, little league coach, World War II veteran or perhaps you are a mentor for troubled teens.
There is a lot more to you than your occupation, but our natural response seems to be focused on our occupation.
We have to understand that our introduction has a lot to do with how we place value on our roles in life. Our introduction defines who we are and what is important to us.
What if you were a stay at home mom, who really didn’t place a lot of value in your position? The introduction might go something like this. . .
Hi. I am Jennifer. I am a stay at home mom. I have three boys under the age of seven. If you placed high value on your role as the stay at home mom, it might sound more like this. . .
Hi. I am Jennifer. I am a mom. Every day I am faced with amazing opportunities and challenges that help me to shape the lives of my three boys. I spend hours each week teaching them morals, values and consequences through many unpredictable life lessons. I am blessed to have the opportunity to stay at home and raise these young men.
Regardless of your occupation, I want to encourage you to think beyond your occupation and include some of the things that matter most to you next time you introduce yourself. You are more than just the work you do.
If you know someone who could benefit from this information, please consider sharing it. If you have questions, you can always email me at Tom@askTomSwan.com.