I gave myself permission
Most of us live our lives attached to a leash called “fear.” This leash leads us from job to job and experience to experience, never letting us stray too far.
You’ve probably seen this in a close friend who has been blessed with extreme talents that are obvious to anyone who they meet. These people stand out and shine without even trying and yet, they never seem to take action or believe in themselves enough to lean into those talents. As their friend, it is frustrating to see such talent wasted and it makes you wonder what could be.
You have a lot to offer!
I am one of the blessed ones and I promise that you are too! It took me 38 years and lots of friends being frustrated before I woke up. Why did I let so many years go by without realizing what I had to offer?
Throughout my career, I have completed quite a few personality tests for corporate development. I am grateful to have the insight of these tests to get to know myself better but, if I’m being honest, I never accepted their results to be true. I also never knew what to do with them.
Out of all of these tests, the one that finally woke me up was the Clifton Strengths by Gallup. I took this about 12 years ago and was disheartened by the results at first. None of my “strengths” fit what I thought it took to succeed in life. They seemed fluffy and cute with no substance. Looking back, I know that I just wasn’t ready to hear the message yet.
While kicking off my real estate business a few years ago, I decided to take the test again. The results were identical to the first test but, this time, I felt like I was reading a map to my personality and my future… because I was! It all made sense now! I knew what I had to do.
I gave myself permission. Have you?
I gave myself permission to be 100% me. It hasn’t been easy because we are trained to “fix” our weaknesses. But, I persisted daily and leaned all the way into what came naturally to me. This has opened my heart and mind in a way that I didn’t know was possible and has brought me so much joy! And as a result, my business has grown and thrived. Now it’s your turn!
What are your strengths? Have you given yourself permission yet? 🧐