As we learn new skills, we inevitably have some days where we struggle more. When that happens, it’s easy to respond with self-judgment and criticism - I’ve even called myself pathetic
in such instances.
The next time it happens to you, remember you’re not pathetic or incapable or stupid or a failure. You’re growing. And perhaps, if you’re really having a tough time of it, you’re not slipping backward but meeting head-on the resistance of leveling up. Perhaps you’re being presented with this challenge because you are ready to step fully into this learning opportunity.
You may want to take to the pages of your journal to process what’s going on. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel without fueling fear or negativity. Here are some prompts to help you get started:
- What does it look, feel or sound like for you to be open, genuinely curious and show yourself compassion?
- What feelings or sensations have you been experiencing during this struggle?
- What if you created space to reckon with the tension between where you are and where you want to be?
- How are your past experiences affecting the way you’re reacting in the present moment?
- What insights can you glean from this experience?
- What specific and empowering action you may take to apply insights gained moving forward?
By leaning in, you might just propel yourself even further along your leadership journey.
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