April 28, 2011
How to Change Your Persona

Do you know why Halloween is such a popular holiday in America? Because people get permission to be somebody else for a night.

Wearing a costume makes it easier for people to think and act differently -- one the simplest ways to change perspective and open up bold, new possibilities.

And so, if you are feeling bound by old perceptions, declare today your own, personal Halloween.

Let go of who you think you are. Try on a different mask. Be someone else for a change.

The more you look at the world through the eyes of another, the easier it will be for you to go beyond "business as usual" and have a creative breakthrough.

In other words, ACT AS IF!

1. Choose a new persona -- anyone who inspires or intrigues you.
2. Imagine you actually ARE this person.
3. Identify their approach to your challenge -- the gist of what he/she would do.
4. Using this gist as a clue, jot down a bunch of new ideas about what you might do differently.

This technique is one of 35 described in Awake at the Wheel.

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at April 28, 2011 09:56 PM


I love this Mitch! And when I was younger I always wanted to be either Super Girl or a Cougar. Now I'm both?

Thanks for reminding us that we can always start our perceptions of ourselves over at anytime and be who we want to be....

Posted by: Lynn Kindler [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 27, 2011 09:01 PM


I remember your doing this with me a while back and I was Madonna! It was a smashing success and an idea I shared with my daughter, Elan! She was so done with school and couldn't face all of the papers she need to write so I suggested she take on another persona and write them from that perspective. She loved it and now has some motivation to get her through finals! Thank you again! Lisa

Posted by: lisa murrell [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2011 09:27 AM

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