We all have fears as we elevate in our careers. It is how we respond to those moments that define who we are as leaders and the level of success we will achieve.
Do you let that moment define you or use it as your catalyst to move beyond the fear or circumstance?
In each of the interviews on my podcast the guests share the moments that made them who they are today. Their challenge(s) and how they overcame them.
Guest Dr. Lucy Gilson shares stories of how incredibly shy she is and what she did to not let that diminish her dreams.
What I appreciate most is that she didn’t think she had to change who she was to be successful. Meaning, she did not have to go from being an introvert to an extrovert to achieve all that she has. She simply learned how to be with her fears/discomfort AND take the action necessary to achieve all she desired.
She shared a saying that she heard from her family;
“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”What a powerful statement. Truth is throughout your career you will do all three of those things.
Another guest, Amanda Hawkins, shared how she found her voice of authority when she finally mustered up the courage to speak truth to power. And in her case it was to a General in the Army.
She spent time watching and wondering if she had to become more like the others she saw in the meetings she attended at the Pentagon...or could she be true to herself.
The good news is that she gave herself permission to be true to herself and in her words, “Be more you, not faux you.” When she did this her career in the Navy took off.
She had finally given her superiors a reason to take notice of her. That General that she spoke up to, wanted her to be in every meeting because he knew she would speak truth to him.
So my big question for you this week is - are you honoring you in your work life or are you conforming to what you think others want you to be?
Give yourself permission to be Unashamedly You and honor all that makes you who you are. It is where your greatest place of differentiation is, value lives and fulfillment thrives.
You deserve nothing less.