Have you ever struggled to find the words to describe yourself? “Nice”, “Friendly”, “Funny”, “Quiet”… these words don’t really capture it do they? It’s not easy to find the words to describe yourself, but what if you could? What if you could find the right words to describe who you are at your best? Once you find the perfect words, they become more than just words. They become your Anthem. It gives you a rallying cry! An Anthem is a tagline for your personality. It’s like your own personal version of Nike’s “Just Do It.” Have you noticed that when a brand finds its perfect words it becomes more profitable, more valuable and more loved? The same is true for you.
Begin this creative process by imagining the 5 most influential people in your life. Consider these people as your own personal Board of Directors. What would each of these people say about you? It is okay if you don’t know them personally. For example, if Bono is on your list, then what U2 song do you most relate to? Once you have this information gathered. Look for recurring themes, and your Anthem will rise up just like a Phoenix in the desert.
Leave it behind
You’ve got to leave it behind
All that you fashion, all that you make
All that you build, all that you break
All that you measure, all that you feel
All this you can leave behind
All that you reason, all that you care
(It’s only time and I’ll never fill up all my mind)
All that you sense, all that you scheme
All you dress up, and all that you see
All you create, all that you wreck
All that you hate
– Excerpt from “Walk On” as performed by U2.
If this was your song, can you identify what your Anthem would be?
We live in a distracted, busy world. And people need shortcuts. Once you find your Anthem, it will make it easy for people to recognize and reward you for who you already are. Find your perfect words to describe what makes you different and extraordinary. When you find these words — when you live them — you’ll feel energized and focused and in the flow.