Be you!! Always.
I work with a group that participates in a leadership group with the community. On Friday, we toured one of our local cities, and I had the privilege of getting to know one lady a little bit more.
We all self doubt. You all know that I do on a daily basis. We had a couple of conversations on Friday that confirmed that even in the leadership group, she self doubted. She felt as though she couldn’t, or shouldn’t lead. She has even gone to her supervisors and asked what she needed to do to improve her leadership skills and they told her to self evaluate.
She is so encouraging, works 3 (three!) jobs, and has a family of 6 (yes, six!!). She is constantly posting on Facebook encouraging, and motivating things, yet she feels like she shouldn’t be part of the program.
So, again, I felt as though I needed to talk about self affirmations. What we say out loud to ourselves is huge! HUGE! We believe what we say to others…if it is always negative, it will be negative. Watch what you say to others. Be sure to be encouraging, especially to yourself.
I know that if I step out of my comfort zone, as safe and secure as it may be, I’ll grow as a person and learn more things. One of my professors is not only having me add people in my potential career field that I don’t know on LinkedIn, but also message them. And ask them to get coffee and chit-chat. Basically, “network”. I LOVE talking to people, but not when there’s pressure. This person may get me a job? What am I going to talk about?? What if I talk too much about myself or make too much eye contact and they think I’m weird??
This exercise is going to help, I know it is. I need to get over my somewhat irrational fear of thinking that I’m bothering someone when I don’t even really want to ask about potential jobs (note: it would be cool and I am accepting offers post-grad), but honestly I just want the information about what they do and how they got there. But they have no clue who I am or why I would care, so I’m going to have to make the first move.
Wish me luck, and feel free to give me some networking tips, or times you stepped out of your comfort zone for the better!
(Note from Mom: she can so do this!)
This year Carmen, David and I chose one word for our daily motivation if you will.
Mine is to be Fierce. David is to be Daring. And when speaking with Carmen yesterday she couldn’t remember hers. Really? David and I have been taking ours to heart. Telling each other to be daring or to be fierce. To approach the day or the task with our word at our forefront.
I have often thought of Fierce as a negative, but really have come to realize what a strong, vibrant word it can be. It is exciting, and truly gets me going for the day. I get encouraged by telling David to be daring! To tackle the day only in the way he can.
Have you chosen a word for 2018? How do you incorporate it into your daily life?Apparently, these word things are a pretty big deal, and someone had the bright idea to make some money off of them. I got David and my words done for our key chains (with Lupus ribbons on mine). Cool idea, and neat thoughts if you want to look at their site myintent.org.
Carmen was home last weekend, and claims my craft room/office as her bedroom for when she is here. We got her a really nice air mattress, and it accommodates her fine especially since her main living space is at school.
I limit my time in my office due to her “space” usage, and just to be respectful for her to have a retreat at home. Part of my routine on the weekends is to go upstairs, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and the news. Have some time for Bible study, and meditation. Review our money, pay bills, and blog.
Here it is Saturday, and I got to my craft room to start my Facebook scrolling. I had to move some papers around (I try to keep things organized), and I found this under my computer mouse.I often send her encouraging notes so she has some mail away from home. But for her to do this…for me…blew me away this morning.
I love her dearly, and so very grateful for her encouragement in whatever I am doing.
What word would you use:
Whatever the word is…encourage one another!
I need this today…someone else must as well!