This is a fun exercise that supports you finding out who you are, why it matters and why you think, feel and act the way you do. Why is it important to pinpoint your top qualities and define you? Answering the question, ‘Who Am I’ will enable you to become a better communicator, increase your confidence and help to create clearer goals that are more meaningful to you in the future.
A few years ago I heard about Trevor the Troll, he is a self-improvement junkie who is very skilled at helping you define who you are.
There are a few steps to take to get you over three bridges and to the end, and Trevor the Troll will be there at each bridge demanding you hand over some of what you think makes you YOU; until you only have some of your qualities left! I wonder which ones will be left? Let’s begin and find out…
First ask yourself “Who am I?”. And now write down everything that makes you YOU below. Remember not all of these qualities will be ‘good’. Write as many as you possibly can, maybe you could fill a whole page! (HINT: Which makes some easier to get rid of)
I want you to imagine you’re about to cross Bridge Number 1. But to cross and not be eaten – Trevor the Troll demands you hand over 30 percent of who you are to him!
What are the qualities you will give away first? Return to your list of qualities now, and when you’ve crossed out 30 percent of your most expendable qualities you can move on…
So, now imagine you’re approaching Bridge Number 2. And again, to cross and not be eaten, Trevor the Troll demands you hand over 30 percent of who you are to him.
What are the qualities you will give away next? When you’ve crossed out another 30 percent of your qualities you can move on to the 3rd bridge…
So, you’re about to cross Bridge Number 3 and it’s time for the final visit to your list of qualities. What final 30 percent of your qualities will you give away? Think hard because the 10 percent you are left with is all you will have for the rest of your journey. What really matters to you? What is the essence of you that you MUST KEEP?
And when you’ve crossed out the final 30% of your qualities you can freely move forward…?
Time to wrap up your travels by looking at what is left on your list of qualities.
- What do you value MOST about yourself – your top 10 percent?
- What do you notice as you review your most valued qualities?
- Now consider the qualities you got rid of FIRST. What percent of your time do you spend on these? ……… %
- What about the qualities you’re left with? What percent of time do you spend on these? ……… %
- Where do you place your focus in life? Why do you think that is?
- Where do you place to place your focus and energy from now on? How will you do things differently so you can?
- What else have you learned about yourself from this exercise?
To be aware and in alignment with who you are will always produce more satisfying results. You will have more, do more and be more of what is important to you; and inspire others with your confident go-getter energy. Knowing who you and why it matters will allow you to move from the day to day drain to a place of flow and opportunity. Who doesn’t want a bit more of that? Thanks Trevor the Troll