The quote above is part of a poem that sits in my office in plain view. This serves as a beautiful reminder to stay in my lane and not cross rivers in my mind that I have not yet reached.
The current state of the world, as it relates to this virus and its ripple effect, is uncertain and a little scary. People are experiencing many emotions right now and some for the very first time. I recognize this truth. And in recognizing this truth, I recognize the peace at my center. I recognize the power I have to do what’s best for me, in spite of. I recognize that same power in you!
Experts estimate that an average brain has anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, if not more. According to MessagetoEagle.com, 70% of these thoughts are believed to be negative.
As women, our heads are constantly filled with never-ending to-do lists, fitting in “me time”, wondering what we will make for dinner, filling the needs of our spouses, staying healthy, work deadlines and so much more. We are always thinking and it can get so loud in our own heads that we often need a break from ourselves.
"This is it," I thought and took a deep breath.
Sitting back down four minutes and 35 seconds later (which felt like eternity regardless of what the clock on the wall said) I exhaled and smiled to myself. This is exactly what I envisioned and had been preparing for: presenting my ideas with clarity and confidence in a way that gained respect.
See, the last time I shared my thoughts, I had kept them inside for so long that when I finally had the floor, they came out all at once with so much emotion that I burst into tears. (So much for being respected as a female professional.)
But not this time. This time, it was different.
· I knew how I wanted to be perceived.
· I knew exactly what I was going to say.
· I made a plan, and I worked on my plan.