Find 5 words quick that sum up your identity. Do the exercise quickly. If you are not done yet, you took too long.
Now that you have five words, drop 2. I bet that was hard.
Drop another word off the list. I bet that was harder.
Now you reached the crossroad! You have two words left. You must drop one more word. What did you choose? Is it accurate?
This a great activity for a family, a work group, a group of lifetime friends, or just your spouse.
I did this within a business setting for a work activity. It was interesting. My word was experience. I liked my outcome. My life experience defines me. These same experiences shape me. This activity was a good one and this why I am sharing.
I did this with my daughter who is a teen. It was confirmation of how she views herself in that awkward life time. I did the exercise with a few others and the outcomes were eye opening for some and predictable for others.
No matter what the outcome, I encourage you to try this exercise on yourself. Pass it on to somebody new. You may learn something cool about yourself and others.
Embrace the awkward and go for it. 5 words. Just five words. Now remind yourself on a calendar for one year from now. See if your five words change.
When you are cooped up for a while and the board games get boring try this activity to shake it up. You can also change the five words to five things you can’t live without given the state we live in currently. Be flexible and remember to revisit this exercise in a year. It will be great to see how your mind may shift in time.