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What roles do you play in your life?

Ever since you were born, the world has assigned you roles.

And you agreed to play those roles without even realizing it.

Your parents expected you to behave a certain way.

Teachers and friends expected you to be a certain kind of person.

Managers expected a certain kind of contribution from you.

People get to know you a little bit, and then they assign you a role with their words and expectations.

No wonder personal growth is so hard.

You're weighed down by a lifetime of externally assigned roles.

Soon, under the weight of all your roles, your start to believe that these roles are you.

"I was always like that and always will be."

"I'm just that kind of person."

"Nah, that's just not me."

Your roles box you into a certain way of living.

Your roles box you into a limited set of potentialities.

But nothing can constrain all that you're truly capable of.

You will always have a choice about who you want to be.

And you can make that choice in any moment.

You can choose which roles you actually agree to, and which ones you don't agree with anymore.

It won't be easy.

Memories of your past roles will try to drag you back down.

But when you choose who you want to be, the things you truly want to do will follow.