This was a wonderful and inspiring post from the blog Illuminated Mind. Author Ev'Yan talks about "stealing" the identity of someone you admire or who has qualities you feel you are still looking to achieve, in order to find how these strengths or traits may already exist within you.
How to Steal Someone's Identity
It's a bit like playing dress up, though this is a much deeper transformation than putting on a tutu and some fairy wings. You're going to fly like Thumbelina, not just look like her.
If you are afraid, envision yourself as someone who is bold like Leymah Gbowee and the women of Liberia who stood up to dangerous forces in their country.
If you are shy and must face something that requires more extroversion, imagine you are a person who is always at ease speaking publicly and dealing with crowds such as this delightful creature.
If you are wanting to be more patient, play the role of Saint Therese of Lisieux.
If you want to be more loving and compassionate, then I wish you knew my sister. She's a great role model for such things.
I will always default to wanting to be more Audrey. She seemed to be the kind of woman I aspire to be; eloquent, compassionate, charming. And while I won't look as good in flats and capri pants, I can play her for a day, and revel in the joy it brings.