Before we move on to the focus of part two of image discovery, let’s quickly review markers and drivers. Markers are those plot points or defining moments in your life where a significant change has taken place. It can be a shift in perspective or how you feel about yourself or where you’re headed. It can be a change in circumstances such as moving, loss of a friend or family member. It might be a physical condition or disorder of some kind.
These markers represent significant turning points and life changes. These are things that have had a lasting impact once they took place. Some of these might seem insignificant or minor to someone else. Only you know what has had the strongest impact on helping shape your thoughts, feelings, values, and personality.
Drivers are the things that stir a passion in you. When people say I don’t want to push your buttons, those buttons are in some way part of what drives you. They stir a call to take action. They motivate and serve as an energy resource to help you press on, regroup, rebound, follow through, and strive to shine.
Drivers can be teachers, friends, idols, activities, places, events, and causes. The strongest are those that feed your desire to make a difference, become more savvy, grow wiser, smarter, and better. They bring out the hunger to be seen and heard.
Look over your two lists for each of your drivers that has been directly influenced by one or several markers. Let’s say for example you lost a very close friend or loved one to cancer. It was life-shattering when it happened. Then, you noticed that one of key causes that you identified as a driver is your commitment to breast cancer awareness.
Let’s say you also notice that another one of your drivers, someone that inspires and encourages you, reminds you of the friend or loved one you lost. So what you want to look for now are any clear connections between those markers that represent changes, awakenings, or turning points in your life and drivers that have been enhanced or created by those markers.
As you make connections between drivers and markers, you then look for common factors, qualities, and interests that are clearly part of what connects a specific marker and driver. In the example above, it could be compassion or it might be community service or healthy lifestyles.
But remember that the common factor, or what we call the connector, is what you see. There is no right or wrong answer here. Somebody else would probably not connect the two things. And even if they need, they would probably not see it the same way as you do or experience feelings about the connection to the degree that you feel.
What you see as the connector is what matters. What you see or think or feel about it reveals what’s important, what moves you, what changed you, and what serves as a point of power in moving forward, coping, thriving, and in helping you shape and define your image.
The strongest determining factor that will serve as guidelines for defining that vibe, persona, flair – everything that goes into that unique image you wish to project – rests in these connectors or points of power between your markers and drivers. These connectors reflect your triumphs, great joys, deep sorrows – they represent the spectrum of shadows and light that give real depth and texture to your life experience.
You’ve Got The Look
If you’re going for a look, see it in terms of the light defined by those connectors or points of power. For the example we looked at earlier, maybe you would look to find something you could use in your wardrobe that stands for compassion or possibly even represents breast cancer awareness. It can be something very subtle that only means something to you or to the friend that passed away.
Maybe it’s their favorite color or a favorite fragrance or flower. It could be something symbolic. Or, it could be something very obvious or quite literal. Use these connectors to help you make personal touches as you pull together the look you like and is true to who you are and what you believe.
Sing To Connect
When choosing a song set or creating new material, use your connectors or points of power to define the way you want to connect with your audience. Ask yourself what it that you want to appeal to in those who hear your voice and music.
Check your connectors to get a sense of that bond you’d like to form with your fan base. But also use your drivers and markers as subject matter to explore for the songs you sing and the stories you share.
Using markers, drivers, and connectors or points of power are a fun, informative, affirming way to help you be true to your unique life experience, your values, and your desires to move people through your gifts.