At work there are frequent verbal fistfights, battles of wits, and wars for resources.  Some of these squabbles seem silly.  It may be necessary to engage in these conversations to protect and promote department resources and goals.  It is important to be physically and emotionally able to take on the day?

Starting about a thousand years ago people took on their day with their Coat of Arms.  A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design on a shield used by medieval knights to cover, protect, and identify the wearer.

A Coat of Arms or Crest has long been a symbol of identity and values. Originally used to identify warriors dressed in armor, each knight chose symbols and colors to represent his heritage, city, or town.  This helped to quickly recognize friends and foes in battle.  Think of it the same way today.

So, in my self-esteem seminar I ask participants to create their own crest or coat of arms.  Then they can go into the day with valor and a code of values that clearly promotes their purpose and personal brand.

On their shield they describe what they are good at, things they are most against, what they would die for, words they would like to be known by, their greatest achievements to date, and their long-range goals.

This shield gives them confidence.  People feel they can take on the world, not just the day.

Someone wise once said, “Know thyself.”  It is important to know your beliefs, attitudes, and values.  Be clear about your intentions and motives.  Create your own crest.  Create a coat of arms and be your own brand.  Take on your day.  It will have a positive impact on your self-esteem.

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