I’m thriving and following my bliss!
For those not familiar with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey it is 120 minutes of content that has been a remarkable anchor point in my life, leadership and self-discovery journey. What about you? Are you following your bliss, living your dreams and fulfilling your aspirations? Are you living a life well lived? Are you thriving…..or are you (insert gloomy music) just surviving?
One of the signals of surviving not thriving is your self-talk. How familiar do some of these sound?
- I’m not smart enough
- I wonder if I really belong here?
- They might find out I’m not as qualified as them
- Did I get here by luck or accident?
Despite notable success, many women harbour the belief that they have set their sights too high, have unrealistic goals and have achieved what they have achieved through luck or other coincidence. Many women find themselves listening to a niggly little voice such as The Inner Critic which Tara Mohr talks about in her book Playing Big. Tara encourages women to stop listening to that voice, and so do I! Women want to feel legitimate in the corporate world that they inhabit, however can struggle with positive and compassionate self-talk and, in some cases, crippling crises of confidence.
The first step in your personal journey to bliss is to acknowledge that you may well be suffering from impostor syndrome.
Women can underestimate their strengths, abilities and potential, no matter what their life or career stage. As a result, their ability to effectively lead and manage teams is not optimized because they are seeking the extrinsic validation or ‘stamp of credibility’ that is described in Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. The truth is, the only one who can validate you is of course, you!
I am passionate (yes an overused word) about supporting women of all ages and stages to get in touch with their unique skills and strengths in order to develop their own, special road-map to thriving, not just surviving. My structured, compassionate and non-judgmental conversations are designed to unlock your potential, increase your self-awareness and to tell your Inner Critic to Shut Up!
So……back to my first question……
Are you thriving or just surviving?