February 15

Who’s Your Biggest Identity Thief?

Who’s Your Biggest Identity Thief?

By Deborah Johnson

February 15, 2018

confidence, get unstuck, hero mountain, identity, mindsets, women at halftime

Who's Your Biggest Identity Thief?

Your biggest identity thief could be you. Not in the literal sense of a credit card or social security number, of course, but with negative self-talk, lack of confidence and even depression. All of those and more discount your personal identity.

When sudden change occurs, which can happen at any stage of life with a death, end of a relationship, a move or even the loss of a job, it’s easy to look inward. That inward focus robs you of joy, satisfaction and even the courage to go on. How does one pull out of a time like this? There are no cut and dry answers, but there is help!

The reason I wrote my first book Stuck is Not a Four Letter Word was because I was going through a time of feeling stuck. It is also the reason I put together the online course Change Your Life: Get Unstuck based on the book. (see :23 video) When the identity thief was knocking hard at my door and beating me down with negativity, lack of confidence and feeling irrelevant, I interviewed, wrote my thoughts out (by hand!) and worked through these life-changing steps to get unstuck: Define Your Trap, Reassess Your Assets, Reinvent Yourself, Eliminate Distractions, Play Like You’re in the Major Leagues, Do the Business and Ask What You Can Give.

When the Hacker Arrives

Then there’s the story of a real cyber-hacker. When a hacker started destroying a website I had worked so hard for years to craft, I learned enough code to find the source of the problem. (yes, I’m a nerd!) Again, after research, interviews and documenting many of the solutions I found, I wrote another book, Bad Code. It’s based on some of the code research I discovered, applied to our personal identity and mindsets. There are some life-changing principles based on mindsets in that book and I love the fact that I could use something near and dear to me, my dad’s old toolbox called Ye Old Toolbox.

Another interesting fact about our identity is that even after you die, your thumbprint can open your iPhone if accessed within 48 hours of death. I did not know this until recently! Apparently the newest technology of facial recognition will replace Touch ID in the near future. (If not already on the iPhone X) All this demonstrates that your personal identity is valuable and is worth protecting.

Your Uniqueness

Every person is unique in stature, personality and competency including you. You really have to own this! All it takes is walking down a busy street to notice different hair colors, skin colors, shape of faces and body types. the list is endless. But those are only outer differences.

Everyone also has different and unique gifts. One of the cables of success we cover in Hero Mountain® for Women at Halftime is Competency, or Core Strengths. (see the recent webinar here: https://goalsforyourlife.com/competency-webinar/) You have natural abilities and skills that are just a little different from everyone else. You are unique and it’s imperative to own your uniqueness.

It is a fact that bodies change with every passing year. Health challenges affect lifestyle and even certain relationships that are toxic attack will discount your worth. Remember, you are valuable and you can move forward with courage and certainty, especially as you reflect on the detail and design of who you are as a human being!

The fact that your iPhone cannot be accessed with anyone else’s fingerprint as it is so distinct speaks largely of your unique identity. With facial recognition, the technology will be even more specific, but apparently facial recognition will be difficult to use upon the onset of rigor mortis. Fortunately, I won’t be here to find out if they ever need to use that when I’ve reached my heavenly graduation! I’ll be in a much better place! I encourage you to celebrate your personal uniqueness today!

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About the author

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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