To my thought leaders and voices who experience moments of self-doubt, imposture syndrome, & comparison, I SEE YOU.
August was a month of deep self-reflection and introspective moments where I had to tune in to my conscious voice through what felt like static noise. Thought Leadership when it comes to expression publicly, can look easy on the outside when it’s much more complex internally.
Thought Leaders can’t help but aim to be the best versions of themselves, especially to the messages they have to share. But as with any season, thought leaders, too, can have “off days” which can feel heavy & off-putting.
You are not alone.
Here are three (3) reflections that have helped me through the “off days” in my thought leadership journey, that I hope will bring you the guidance & clarity you need through yours, to share your voice through your purpose.
Focus On Your Personal Metrics
When you feel out of alignment, make it a priority to focus on your personal metrics. Your personal metrics are how you determine success through the thought leadership journey. Ask yourself the following questions:
How do you determine your personal success? Is it relationships? Is it wealth? Is it personal growth? The clearer you get on what success means to you, the more aligned you’ll feel with your purpose.
How are you setting the bar for yourself outside of comparison to those around you? Does this bar feel comfortable for you or are you setting unrealistic expectations on yourself?
Define Your Good & Bad Values
Good and bad values exist in every role, especially thought leadership. It’s important to make your good and bad values a part of your process.
Good Values are reality-based, socially constructive, immediate, and controllable, and are often achieved internally.
Bad Values are superstitious, socially destructive, and not immediate or controllable, and are more reliant on external events.
For example by Mentorist, your honesty (a good value) is something that only you are in control of. Whereas popularity (a bad value) depends on how others view you.
Remember: You Are Not Special
This is a powerful reflection and reminder that you are not special or alone. Your challenges, struggles, and setbacks have been experienced by thousands of other people in this world. Know that you are not alone, and the issue at hand will seem less of a burden.
Thought Leadership presents paths and opportunities that can often feel isolating and challenging, especially when experiencing introspection to turn into action. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. This is where turning to your communities and support systems will offer you the serenity and peace you need.
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