I rarely visit the site yet when I saw a tweet containing the link/teaser below it caught my attention.
What three words would your kid(s) use to describe you?
For two reasons.
First, it reminded me how long it had been since I asked someone to define my MizFit brand for me.
Im a believer in the importance of defining one’s brand and in remaining consistent in all facets of brand messaging.
The best way (in my opinion) to learn if you’re conveying the “brand-message” you think you are is ask someone to explain your blog-brand to you.
The three word concept works perfectly here.
Are the words you receive the antithesis of what you’d expected? Consider that information each time you post, guest-post, tweet, facebook, pinterest etc.
Are the words you receive close but not precisely the messaging you want to share? Same thing.
Is distilling your blog-brand to three words too hard for most people? You many want to consider/challenge yourself to see if your brand is too general/addressing too many (broad) topics. This is something only you can decide.
Second, I was intrigued by the opportunity to find out from others (friends, family, partners, children) if they saw me as I viewed myself.
I was curious if I posed the question to Ren Man & the Tornado what words they’d choose.
As with our No Excuses! exercise*, I knew this would force me to become vulnerable.
What do I care (really.) if someone informs me my Miz-branding is out of whack? It’s great information. It’s helpful (I can tweak my messaging or perhaps learn what I thought I wanted to convey has changed).
It’s all, in a sense, at arms length. Not super personal.
What do I care if the Tornado or Ren Man lets me know (after working to live my priorities) Im not the person I think I am? A lot.
And, because the thought of asking them terrified me, I knew I had no choice but to do it.**
And, because I smuggled the Tornado to NYC last week for some out of Texas frolic-time, I was presented with the perfect opportunity to ask her.
Some might think asking a 6 year old for her 3 words would result in a shower of compliments.
I adore my child–but that’s not her.
She’s told me my teeth are yellow (and asked if that will happen to her when she’s “old”). Shes informed me when she thinks my outfits are mismatched. Ive always let her know home is a safe place to fall & she can say what she thinks/feels. ***
I handed her three pieces of hotel-paper and asked her to write three words she thought of when she thought about me.
And I waited.
She presented me with the below (and thankfully read them to me, too).
I know this post is far too long (& this is the edited version), yet I wanted to share the exercise and ask you consider taking part.
Think about the blog-brand you’re striving to create and take the emotional-risk of finding out if you’re sending out the messages you think you are.
Think about the life you are striving to create, make yourself vulnerable & ask loved ones/find out if others see you as you view yourself.
It’s scary. It’s amazing. It’s eyeopening.
(and yeah. it’s something *someday* I’ll ask Ren Man to do for me. Im not that ballsy yet. Ill keep you posted…)
*Im doing this exercise again. If youve never done it before—I suggest trying it!
**of course we’re now having the discussions about hurting people’s feelings etc. I know all of the comments above have been proffered 100% as information with no malice intended. To her it’s all information.