I recently spent some time cleaning up my room. I came across a worn piece of folded notebook paper. It was a list of words that my peers had used to describe me back in September of 2013 during our Seattle U led course on emotional intelligence.
What stands out to me is how the words I used to describe myself during my time in South America and the words that my peers choose to describe me. It’s a reminder (for me AND for you) that being self-critical is an important part of who I am and what drives me, but I also need to remember that recognizing and embracing my positive qualities is equally valuable.
Thank you to my dear friends from the Dolomites 2013 who created this list that has helped boost me in times of need ever since.
Words from my colleagues September 2013:
I see you as….
Great sister. Strong. Brave. Adventurous. Ambitious. Inviting. Independent. Genuine. Sporty. Beautiful. Tall. Pretty. Understanding. Grounded. Carrying the world. Good partner. Humble. Introvert. In control. Confused. Complex. Intelligent. Fun. Concerned. Loved. Lucky. Engaging. Confident. Friendly. Hopeful. Careful. Strong-willed. Inviting. Open. Nurturing. Powerful. Tough. Hopeful. Proud. Future. Thoughtful. Driven. Making a difference. Inspiring.
Try this exercise with a trusted group of peers – it’s a great way to reflect on who you are and who you want to be.