How to protect your brand from identity theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your business or personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can create chaos with finances, credit history, and reputation—and can take time, money and patience to resolve.

“Self-identity” theft happens when our personal worth is stolen and can result in frustration and feelings of failure or even hopelessness and despair. Here are two practical steps to help protect your self-identity and help you live a more secure and successful life.

Know where your identity lies
There is a plan and a purpose for each of us. You are unique. Identifying and understanding your strengths is a great place to start to find that purpose and your identity.

Tell yourself the truth
Other people can convince us to believe things that aren’t true about ourselves. This can “brand” us with a self-image that isn’t accurate affecting our self-confidence and preventing us from fulfilling our purpose. Learn to identify when that happens and tell yourself the truth.

Stand in your strengths
Make a list of your strengths and read it every day for a week. See how you feel at the end of the week. Remember to stand in your strengths. You determine who you are or what you will become. No other person can steal that from you.

The characters in my psychological romance novel, All the Other Voices, struggle with believing things that aren’t true about themselves. The story brings you inside the character’s heads to hear the thinking that influences their choices. It shows the journey each takes as they search for their own unique identities and purpose in life. You can read a sample chapter to see if my writing style aligns with your reading preferences. If you like what you find on these pages, chances are likely you’ll enjoy the full boo

“Unhappiness is often not the situation but your thoughts about it.”

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