In Your Name

At some point in your lifetime it is likely you have known of someone whose name goes well with their chosen profession or life circumstances. For example, a foot doctor from my hometown when I grew up was named “Dr. Azarch”. A big time online marketer is named Joel Comm, of Joelcomm.com. A wealthy relative of mine married a man named John Luck. Or have you heard of Chris Moneymaker, the professional poker player?

I even used to be called “Carin’ Karen” by a co-worker when I was a mental health counselor years ago. Think about it, and I bet you know someone too who fits their name in some way. Maybe it’s more like they “live up to their name”.

“What does this have to do with me?” You may ask, since many of you likely have “everyday” names.

Well, it’s not the name that led these people to success, necessarily. More likely it was the edge the name gave them. It is all about finding your edge.

Make up your own nickname for yourself: something that suits you. Then insert it in-between your first and last name, only known to you if you want, but every time you think, write, speak your name, or even answer to it, imagine your “new” name in there. Joe “man of wealth” Smith, Cindy “hard body” Jones, etc.

I am certain this is not news to you, as you have heard nicknames of the famous and infamous many times before which are in line with their legacy. Think of mobsters such as Lucky Luciano, or jazz musicians like Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (“Satchmo” being short for “Satchel Mouth”) and “Slide” Hampton the trombonist. You do not need to be famous though to have your own nickname for success. A few years back, I was dubbed “Gator Bait” because I picked Florida to win the basketball championship and they surprised everyone by making it to the final four. In trying to “live up” to my nickname, I became a big Gator fan, which is great fun these days! Just be sure when coming up with your own nickname, you choose something in line with your goals.

Next, mentally recite your new name over and over until it truly becomes part of your identity. At the least it could be a fun experiment, why not try it?

Just because your given name may not be something like “living in abundance” doesn’t mean you can’t look at it that way. Start looking at your name (and your new secret nickname) as a means of helping you to get where you want to be. You may surprise yourself!

Copyright (c) 2007 Karen Kay