Hello Hello My Fellow Fabulously Fierce!
I have had an incredible weekend so I am on an incredible high yet incredibly fatigued! If only I had the super power of never needing sleep!!! Ah well.
One of my weekend activities included participating in the Babson College Black Affinity Conference! It was great! Friday’s segment involved a great discussion around Black hair. Gennifer Miller of Healthy Textures, Shariffa Barnett Author of 5 Hair Archetypes, and Dr. Tina Opie who I wish was a professor when I was there, were incredible panelists! The session was slated as a two-hour conversation, which went on for three and it only ended because security had to shut the building down…and couldn’t do so with the 50 or so women in attendance still in the building. All this being said, this is not a post on Black hair…I’m sure one day soon that will be a topic for us here in some form or fashion, but what everything boiled down to in Friday’s discussion was nothing more than decisions and the ability to make and own your life choices…whether it has to do with hair or, what I’d like to really broaden it to, the various life choices we all have to make.
We’ve spent a lot of time here at LFF addressing the aspect of vision. Many of you have actually taken my recommendations to illustrate your vision, prayerfully sought the wisdom to know which steps to take, and actually started to take some major steps. I love hearing from you about what’s new and exciting in your lives in the way of being the fabulously fierce individuals that you are. This bring me to the point of free will.
When thinking of free will, we can absolutately take it “old school” if you want and in my case, that would be first communion class in the second grade where I learned that God gave us all free will (I still get hung up on Adam and Eve…really, you just had to have that apple?). Truly, free will is actually power. Really, pause for one minute and just think about that….try, just try to grasp that The Most Omnipotent Soveriegn Being, The One who made you…in His likeness and image…in the face of wanting you to be every bit like Him, gave you and I the power to decide what we would do in this life and what we would not do! That’s some serious power given to us.
The thing about power though is whatever we do with it, by way of choice and decision, we actually have to be able to live with the decisions we make as well as the impact. Now I’ve worked in corporate environments my entire career and I will tell you, a career limiting move I’ve observed in many is consistently failing to just make a decision. I would submit that people are actually not afraid to make decisions, they are actually afraid to have to deal with any repercussions of the decisions made…even if the impct is good! Let me clarify with an example: A young woman recently shared with me that she was trying to determine whether or not to apply for an opportunity in an area of business in which she has absolutely no experience. I NEVER see that as a limitation by the way, but definitely more of an opportunity to highlight a different lens…take a look at my career…half my jobs I’ve really had no business being in if we were going by experience…but I digress. So, this young lady spent 15 minutes walking me through the ‘what ifs’….you know…
- What if I apply and I don’t get it?
- What if they see my resume and think I’m crazy for applying?
- What if…yada yada yada
All to which I said…”and what if you apply, and it actually works out?” Her response: “But then I’d have to move and leave all my friends behind” etc etc etc. See the reality is, she didn’t want to make a decision that might just cause her to have to live with the need to deal with change, and make new friends, and get accustomed to a new city…the list goes on.
Another example? Sure…and of course this one has to do with a boy 🙂 So, another youg women recently shared that she was in a relationship with a young man who she knew just was not for her. She waited for months but finally broke it off, very maturely I might add, and let brother man go. And she is totally ok with her decision. Totally ok with it. This doesn’t mean it didn’t hurt and her heart didn’t have to go through the breaking we are all too familiar with. It just means, she made the decision that she could actually live with.
Here’s the deal, every day we make decisions. I had the pleasure of meeting an incredible decision maker this weekend in Dr. Tina Opie. She is a model of confidence in who she shares who she is, even in just introducing herself, which involves highlighting some life decisions shes’ made. She left an impression on all who were in her presence that she is totally ok with who she is because she makes decisions that she can live with. Now does this mean we are not to make mistakes? ABSOLUTELY NOT! What it does mean is that because I know who I am, I will make decisions that are best for me, more often than not, positively impacts those around me, and even when I don’t make the “best” decisions, the consequences don’t impact others or myself in a way that is detrimental. What does this boil down to…branding…personal branding.
So, here’s my assignment for you this week:
Think about what three factors play the most significant role for you in guiding the deicisions you make every day. For me, mine are that
- I am a Christian woman guided by Christian principles, the most important, being the love of everyone around me/treating everyone as I would want to be treated
- I am focused on legacy, seeking to leave a positive impact not only in the world in the future, but in my day-to-day and the people I interact with every day
- I extend my vision from the here and now and into what I believe will be my future, not limiting my dreams and aspirations by the limitations of my current wallet, status in life, etc
Once you identify your three, post them on your mirror (feel free to share here too via comments) where you can see them every day while brushing your teeth (yes, I just made a decision for you…if you are not brushing your teeth every day…YOU WILL START NOW), and remind yourself every morning that whatever decisions you make, they will be guided by these three important aspects of who you are.
Agan, there will be mistakes, but the decision-making process, leveraging the free will that you have, is a process nonetheless, and so makes it ok.
Soooo, next steps here on LivingFabulouslyFierce is delving into the personal branding space moving forward. Get ready to be introduced, and for some of you reintroduced, to the Bernier Brand Building process of self-discovery definition and distinction. Get ready get ready get ready.
Soundtrack of the week: Damita’s, No Looking Back