“A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants.” ~Coco Chanel
Ms. Chanel was undoubtedly a fashion icon and her legacy lives on in that spirit. What impresses me most about her though, much in the same way does Ms. Dianne von Furstenberg, is her level of self-awareness and commitment to authenticity. In this statement, Ms. Chanel stresses the importance of self-awareness as a perquisite for accepting and expecting anything….or anyone, for that matter, in life.
It is undeniable that there is so much messaging to young girls in our world today and not all of it helpful or productive. Truth of the matter is that there is much more that is focused on telling them who they should be more like and what changes they should employ to be less of themselves and more of what’s deemed “acceptable”. I admit that because I really do have a passion in this area, I soak up everything related to my target audiences of women and girls…..so it’s not surprising that just this past week alone, I read over 20 articles related to what’s happening in the messaging to our up and coming fabulously fierce. In short, here’s just a bit of the information I picked up this week so far, visually….
And then in a midst of all of this, a reminder from Ms. Chanel that there is actually some simplicity in the path to just being you and being positioned to expect more of what you want in your life by starting with yourself…Know who you are……know what you want.
On knowing who you are….
This week I got to coach over 50 leaders through Energy Leadership. They were so appreciative of the insight gained from the assessment they took but what they stressed was how much more self-aware they were as a result. Now here’s the thing, leaders are leaders because they already have a level of self-awareness that has positioned them to yield the success they have obtained so far. The beauty, however, is that the learning never ends. To truly live authentically and remain true to ourselves, we really have to commit to first engaging in the process of self-discovery (I know, I know, I always talk about this) AND living in a way that keeps you open to learning more and more about yourself over time. Some may push back here and say “But I am very self-aware and I know who I am.” And trust me, I believe that a good number of us actually do….just ask the people in my own personal circle. The catch here however is that if we truly believe that we are always full of potential and always developing, which continues to increase our potential, then doesn’t it just make sense to engage in self-discovery on a regular basis? Of course it does!!! (love how I answer my own question and then am even so bold as to tell myself I’m correct :).
So what’s the point here? TAKE EVERY SINGLE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHO YOU ARE! I always suggest StrengthsFinders as a great resource for folks. It’s simple, not really expensive, and the return on the investment is huuuuuuuuge! Huuuuuuge!!!! Everyone who starts the LFF Branding Curriculum with me starts here! Do it, do it, do it!
It truly surprises me when folks don’t at least take up opportunities in the space of self-discovery. Jus last week, I offered a free coaching session to the first person who responded both on my personal Facebook page and one on the LFF Facebook page. The LFF one actually included a free Energy Leadership Index!!!! Someone signed up for the free coaching session but the Energy Leadership Index is still hanging out there….(hint hint….it’s still available for the claiming (LFF Facebook 8/22 Post).
On knowing what you want…
Yeah….guess what, everyone thinks they know what they want, but I have to share that in my coaching and even in my own self-reflection, there are more of us who believe that we know what we want because it’s aligned with what we think we’re supposed to want! Yuuuup, let that sink in for a minute….
We’ve come to be blinded by circumstances, situations, standards etc. And yes, I’m preaching to myself too!
I challenge you (well, us with myself included) to get into a mental space….clear your head….pretend this world actually doesn’t even exits as it is but you’re in your own perfect environment where you’re totally starting with a blank slate of what to create for yourself. Without any hesitation, just spit it out:
- What do you see?
- What do you hear?
- What are you doing?
- Who are you with?
- How do you feel?
- What makes you love all of this?
Heart pumping yet? Smiling a little bit? Know why, you just created what you want!!!! Now let’s show some courage….don’t look back….start making it all a reality!
Soundtrack of the week: American Authors’ Best Day of My Life