Self Esteem Test: How Would You Describe Yourself in Just One Word?

Annoying.

My six-year-old son recently began describing himself with that one word — annoying. He took some pride in it, in fact. Maybe it was because he’d been watching Dennis the Menace a few times too many. He does resemble Dennis a bit, come to think of it. More likely it had more to do with his siblings labeling him as just that on far too many occasions. You’ll be happy to know he has now switched to another, more fitting word — handsome.

Take a simple self esteem test. How would you describe yourself in just one word? Or, if you told, would you have to kill us?

Assuming for the moment that your word would not be psychotic, I was reminded of the power of the words we say to ourselves as I read John Maxwell’s The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. Maxwell quoted Kevin Hall’s book Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words which is now on my Amazon wish list:

The first thing I do when I am coaching someone who aspires to stretch, grow, and go higher in life is to have that person select the one word that best describes him or her.

That got me thinking: what would be my word?

As I’ve noted before, words have meaning. And power. Words are tags for ideas. And ideas have consequences. “As a man thinks, so is he.”

As Christ-followers,we should be among the first to understand this. Consider a brief survey of Scripture:

  • We know that the worlds were framed by the Word of God. (Heb. 11: 3)
  • Words have the power of life and death. (Prov. 18:21)
  • We will be justified or condemned based on our words. (Matt. 12:37)
  • We will be judged for every idle word we speak — both outwardly and inwardly. (Matt. 12:36)

If we are what we think, we need to remember that what we think is determined by the words spoken to us, even by ourselves.

What’s Your Word?

What is the one word that best describes you? And are you courageous enough to share it?

Mine is creative.

It wasn’t always that. There were significant stretches in my life where I thought that word was only for other people. I fell into the trap of the fear of man. I let other people define me. Even now I fear someone might laugh when they read this. (Fortunately, I can’t hear you now – although I’ll be looking for comments.)

Pssst. Listen.

“You don’t have to accept who people say you have to be.” ~ Johnnetta McSwain

It doesn’t really matter what other people say. You won’t have to answer for the words they use about you, just the ones you use about them — and about yourself.

Go ahead. Give your self-esteem a booster shot. How would you describe yourself in just one word? Post your answer with a comment below.

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About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on church and cultural issues at Patheos. An experienced collaborative writer and content strategist, he is the author of several books including What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative traditional books. His writing has been featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, and many others who shall remain nameless. Bill is a blessed husband and the father of six children with an extensive background in education, business, and organizational leadership. He serves as the Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He works with a variety of ministries including Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) when he's not visiting his second home -- Walt Disney World.

  • Jennifer

    I’ll be sure to do my part in getting you that pencil if I decide to buy Aspire – it looks wonderful.

    My word might be “curious”. I’ll have to think about it some more. “Creative” and “capable” are also descriptive, but I don’t want to be a copycat :). Just out of curiosity, what word would you have used to describe yourself in the past? If that’s too personal a question or if you will have to kill me if you tell me than feel free not to answer.

    • http://BillintheBlank.com Bill Blankschaen

      “what word would you have used to describe yourself in the past?” Good question, Jen. First recation? “Stable” or maybe “steady.” That migth explain the post about George Bailey that is about to get written.

      • Jennifer

        Mine would probably have been “responsible”. I still am, but I’m learning to let others take responsibility for themselves, too, instead of feeling it’s all up to me.


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