For some time now, and mostly in informal situations, I introduce myself as Amazing Man. I love to introduce myself as such because I already changed my name to Roman Russo, which is now my permanent alias, so Amazing Man is not so much of a stretch. The logic question is why am I doing it in the first place?
The Role Play Of An Amazing Man
Funny enough, from time to time I meet people who scream “Hello Amazing Man!” I love it. It gives me the boost of confidence and a smile for the rest of the day.
Other people feel positive too. After all, who can be serious when they are calling someone an “Amazing Man”? So they are also smiling, we are laughing, and the world is a happier place because of it. It is a role play and a virtuous circle of positivity in my life.
Other people around me also notice my self given nickname and are calling me an Amazing Man, too. They remember “Amazing Man” much better than “Roman”, which I bet you were almost forgetting until I reminded you.
Hello. How are you, Amazing Man?
In my book, I explore the best answer to “How are you?” question. My standard answer is “Amazing!” This is probably where my nickname comes from.
The reason I reply “Amazing!” to “how are you?” question is because most people reply “good” or “alright”. However, our mind leads our body, as much as our body leads our mind. This is to say that what we say matters. Thus, when we say things like “good” and “alright”, or even “bad” or “horrible” these worlds will affect how we feel. If this is true (and it is true), than logically we want to use to most positive words all the time. This is why when someone asks me “How are you?” or even “Whats your name?” questions, I reply “AMAZING” in every single situation.
Changing Your Name, Like Changing Your Socks
A lot of people get attached to their name to a point they claim it to be their identity. Other people, changed their names several times in their lives, mostly when they get married or get divorced, and some people like me take on an alias and nicknames. But how does a name identifies us?
One names are after all a random burst of inspiration from our parents, which probably took them few minutes to think, but will identify us for the rest of our lives. Moreover, our names matter. For example, shorter names are easier to remember, and if our names starts with letter “A”, such as it is case with “Amazing Man”, we will be more often first in the lines, when we compare to someone whose name starts with “R” such as it case with “Roman”.
Lastly, we are changing all the time anyway. We are changing when we are changing our cloth, when we are talking to a different person, when we go to a different country, when before we liked cherry ice cream and now we think we like strawberry one better. It might be micro change in all these different situations, but over time these changes adds up. This is to say, that changes are unavoidable, necessary, and they are the fastest way to happiness, success, and anything else you want in life. So why resist change? Why maintain certain characteristic of identity and not others? Why not play around and see if Bernardo is a better name than Ben?