Following a team meeting earlier this week, our CMO told the guys she wanted to talk to just the ladies. The guys (jokingly) grumbled a bit as they left the room, and we were all ears – because who doesn’t love a little girl talk, even at work?!
Her message started with a story…
Jen, an incredibly gifted pianist and piano teacher, interviewed and then landed her dream job: an assistant director position at a metro orchestra. While on a walk with her husband, they were discussing the opportunity and the move to a new city. She was honored, but confessed that she couldn’t believe they picked her. His response: “You’re the only one who was surprised.”
You’re probably thinking, whaaaaat?! How did she not get that she deserved her dream job?!
But, think about it, ladies.
When was the last time you heard that little voice in your head… you’re not smart enough… you’re not strong enough… you can’t do that… you can’t keep up…
And, how many of you are surprised when something good happens to you? When you reach that goal you’ve worked your butt off for? When you cross that finish line of your first 5k or ironman? When you keep up with your male lane mate at morning masters swim? When you score your dream job?
Yeah, me, too.
little loud voice – the bullshit voice – the one that tells you, on repeat, that you’re not enough.
IT NEEDS TO STOP.
Each one of us needs to stop letting that bullshit voice hold us back from speaking up, believing that we’re anything less than perfectly capable at accomplishing amazing things, second-guessing our contributions and questioning our worth.
Because you are enough. You are smart and strong. You can do it, whatever you want to do. You can keep up. Your contributions are valuable.
So, let’s all work toward silencing out inner bullshit voice.
Because you are enough.
I am so grateful (and, so lucky) to have such a rock star, supportive leader! Thank you, Stacy, for believing in and empowering me on not only a day I needed it the most, but every single day.