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You and Your Persona

August 1, 2013

“Only you can measure the distance between you and your persona.” – John Sanders

Last week I was listing to a lecture from John Sanders and he made this statement. It stuck with me. In the age of social media, we create online personas to share with others. Some of them reflect us pretty accurately, while others contain more fiction than a sci-fi show.

More tellingly, many of us carry this fictitious persona into our daily lives, changing like a chameleon does. Some change to be more popular, whereas others change to protect themselves. This can stem from self-esteem issues or from past hurts. Regardless, we hide behind fiction.

John said something that is quite obvious but usually forgotten. We are the only ones who can really know what is real and what is fiction in ourselves. Have you reflected on that lately? Take time today to reflect on yourself. Are you presenting a real self to others or a persona? Why are you hiding behind a persona? What can you do to move your exposed self closer to reality and farther from fiction?

What is the distance between you and your persona?

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