OUCH! Last week hurt. My ego hasn’t taken a beating like that in years.
I have worked hard over the last few years to become the person talking to you now. I had to learn to be positive when negative was easier. I had to learn to open up and be vulnerable when I prefer privacy over small talk. I had to overcome anxiety so I could keep moving forward and not stay in a place of fear. I am extremely proud of what I have learned.
Last week when someone told me I wasn’t good enough it crushed me. It was like a bad break up. The one where everyone knows its over but you aren’t the first one to speak up so you get blind-sighted. I went through 3 long days of grieving. I probably should have donned a black armband to go with my gloomy mood.
Then I realized something. This has nothing to do with my value. I may not be what they are looking for but it doesn’t mean I don’t have value. I have a lot to offer.
*Warning: It looks like this is going to be one of those cliché life moments that is a blessing in disguise. Cue the sappy music.*
I have such a clearer picture of what I want to do now. I spent the weekend diving into my talents. No more focusing on my weaknesses unless they get in the way of using my strengths to the fullest potential. The rest of this year is going to be all about the things I am good at. Celebrating my strengths and making them even stronger.
I am good at:
- seeing others strengths and encouraging them to use them
- learning new information and mastering new techniques
- brainstorming and creating new solutions to problems
All of this is going to come together in some great tools you are going to be able to use to improve your own strengths. I am very excited to get started.
What talent do you have that always impresses other people but you think of as second nature? What are you good at?