GET REAL

Donna's blog on coaching, leadership, and life

Everyone has their issues.

One of the things I love about my work is how I consistently have the opportunity to meet new people and learn about their successes and challenges. What I’ve learned is that we all have those things that we’re great at and are proud of and we all have those things that are tough for us and may chip away at our confidence. As human beings we come to the business table not only with our rich business experience and knowledge, but with baggage that may have been picked up long before any of us were old enough to work, or with current emotions generated by the challenges of day-to-day life.

I’ve written before about the importance of confidence, composure, and courage in leadership and I stand by the importance of these attributes. However, I also know from my personal experience and as a listener that these 3 Cs can certainly be affected at different times during our lives. Whether we’re energized by the strength of our family relationships or successes, or we’re dealing with illness or grief or current challenges that bring up old wounds, our emotions certainly can impact our ability to be at our best. The trick is to center on what we have to be grateful for and do our best to connect with the emotions that strengthen our confidence and belief in ourselves. Sometimes this comes naturally and other times it takes a great deal of energy and focus.

I’m writing about this because I think it’s important to each and every one of us to be reminded that no one comes in a perfect package. We all have our joys and strengths, and we all have our issues—some unique to us, some common among us. So when we find ourselves feeling under the weather—when our confidence is shaken—perhaps we’ll remember that it’s about being human, and maybe we’ll give ourselves, and others when they need it, a little slack.

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4 Comments»

  coontoonstudios wrote @

I agree with centering on what we have to be grateful for – it’s a life saver sometimes.

  Gina wrote @

How timely and ironic! At my conference last weekend, in my action plan was what I called the 3 C’s in my “take more of a leadership role” category: communicate goals, confidence, and core values. I did NOT read this blog first.

  donnarawadyblog wrote @

Interesting, Gina.

  donnarawadyblog wrote @

Welcome Gary, and thanks for your comment.


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