Anyone who has ever traveled understands the value of packing lightly. I learned early that whatever I pack I must carry at some point. Dr. Tim Elmore, author of Habitudes: Images that form leadership habits & attitudes, refers to four images we have of ourselves. Dr. Elmore considers three of those images excess baggage.
The four images are:
- The image others have of us
- The image we project to others
- The image we have of ourselves
- The true image of us; who we really are.
If you have ever attempted to carry four heavy bags, even briefly, you know what a strain that can be physically. Guess what? It can be even more of a strain mentally.
Hopefully you already know which one of those four bags you should carry with you always and which three you can rid yourself of. The only image of yourself you should hold on to is who you really are.
Authenticity is golden. You may be tempted to paint a more colorful picture of yourself to impress people but when you get caught you lose trust. Trust is very hard, if not impossible, to regain.
Trust yourself to be yourself. Holding on to image number four will greatly improve images one through three.