I was presented with a concept that I’m excited to put into practice. One that causes me to pause and ponder. A concept that challenges some of my learned beliefs.
Let’s wade through this idea together.
The concept: 2. Boost Your Personal Performance with an Alter Ego
The presenter: Flourish Writers Academy,
Group Coaching Call
The source: Todd Herman
My thinking: I’ve just spent the last ten years learning to be “TrueFaced”, authentic, and vulnerable, not to mention the last year learning about Imposter Syndrome. Why would I choose to consider developing an alter ego? My next thought: Is this like “fake it until you make it?” I hope that’s not the case. I don’t want to fake anything.
Even with these thoughts prowling around in my head, I find my excitement rising in my spirit. What will my alter ego be like? How will it be different? How will it be better? What more will I be able to accomplish?
I decided not to look at it as “fake it until you make it,” but rather like putting on another hat. Everyone dons different hats for different roles. I’m sure you could name a few with little effort.
How would that look if I mentally put on my writer’s hat and with it put on the characteristics that I imagine a prolific writer would have? What if I gave that character a name? Would it make it more tangible? More attainable? More transition-able?
I’ve already decided to use my middle name for my fiction writing, so maybe I could call my alter ego – Fantastical Fay or Fabulous Fay. What do you think?
So that’s my challenge, to become a better writer. What could you use an alter ego for? To be a better spouse? A better parent? A better employee or boss? Maybe a better artist? Or activist? Or friend? Please share your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
Grace & Peace,
Sandy (Fiction-Writing Fay?)