I used to be a wallflower.
Always shy and retiring, never saying boo to a goose or putting a foot out of place.
I was worried I’d be wrong, that people wouldn’t like me and that I’d get found out.
This left me constantly waiting - watching from the sidelines while other people’s careers overtook mine at what appeared to be warp speed!
Then something happened. I worked with a coach and worked out I needed to eliminate the following:
the need to do everything
the need to be liked
the need to be perfect
the need to know everything
the need be right, and
the need be in control
When I let go of neediness, articulating my perspective, sharing my ideas or self-promoting became far easier.
I know I’m not alone.
Every day I speak with busy executives who share a similar story and are nervous of standing out.
"What if deep down I'm actually not good enough?"
"What of someone calls me out?"
But when you are blending into the background, your pathway to leadership is always going to be a tough gig. A the longer you play second fiddle, the bigger your fears will become.
Remember - you cannot sell a secret. And it's important you are seen, heard and valued.
So let go of the above needs, then spend time to work out
What are you interested in? Find your passion
Why are you doing this? Find your purpose
Where will you get best ROI? Find a platform or medium that works for you
Then self promotion becomes a doddle.
And you'll be replacing wallflower with world class in a jiffy!
Your thoughts? What stops you self promoting? Drop me a note. I'm always keen to hear your perspective.
PS you might have noticed I've had a photoshoot done. This one features "the bees knees" and other fun ways of reminding yourself that you're actually doing okay. Looking forward to sharing more with you in coming months.
#selfpromotionmatters #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes #womenofimpact
Share if you dare, to inspire another woman somewhere!