What’s in a Name?

“The way you give your name to others is a measure of how much you like and respect yourself.”- Brian Tracy

Spoke with an EHS leader this past week about training and engaging with workers. This leader frequently asks audiences to write down the first words that come to mind when they think “safety.”

Word associations like these come out:

-Waste of time




-Slows things down

These associations affect how people see safety. And we know these perceptions, in turn, affect reality.

What about you and your name? When you think of your name, what word associations come to mind? Are they positive, negative, or neutral?

Do you think “not good enough” or “wish I was smarter”?

Or do you think “incredibly passionate professional” or “love my life”?

It matters. These words (really emotions) support every interaction with people, programs, processes and, in the end, with life.

These words are yours and yours alone.

What words will you choose to associate with your name?


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