How labels limit our self-belief.

Question your uninvited and self-stuck labels.

Labels stuck on by others

How many times did you get labelled as you were growing up?

I am not saying your parents, friends and teachers were being deliberately unhelpful — they were just being human.

  • She’s the arty one
  • He’s the sporty one
  • She’s always been a trier
  • He is the genius of the class
  • An extrovert through and through
  • A shy soul
  • You don’t want to cross her!
  • You will struggle to beat him!

So what’s the problem?

Personality is not a fixed thing.

Labels you stick on yourself

You don’t need others to label you when you are so skilled at doing it to yourself!

3 label-removing actions

  1. Reverse engineer. The stuff that frustrates you about yourself — what is going on? Unpack — and detect the influence of old labels.
  2. Question your definitions. ‘Business-y’ or ‘Sales-y’ — who says? Are you blindly going along with out-dated definitions? Are you taking on definitions given to you by society or ‘guru’s — and ignoring your own values?
  3. Put some new labels on! They don’t have to stay on — but give them a go. Get curious and step out of your comfort-zone. Learn!



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Trisha Lewis.

Human communication fascinates me. How we squash or boost confidence and connection. TEDx Speaker, coach and author. No more Self Squashing®