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How’s that embracing going?

On this personal journey over the last three years, I’ve discovered parts of me that I didn’t even know existed and that I’ve fallen in love with; writing, for example. There have also been parts of me which I have known intimately all along but haven’t been proud of. They’ve existed, but I’ve attempted to magically disguise them.

I think we all identify with this in some way.

Shame, a sneaky emotion which is often underestimated and silently controls, is terminally responsible for this.

I used the example of being concise in my last blog. All my life I have struggled with this. I have known that I have a short, concrete way of explaining things. I haven’t liked it. If I have heard others explain things in a long, languid way I have admired that instead. I have really, really appreciated their depth and obvious expertise on the subject – whatever that may be… UNTIL I started seeing that it was possible to be clear and concrete, explain things in a precise way and STILL cultivate the same understanding. Seth Godin, marketing extraordinaire, is brilliant at this. His blog is punchy, snappy and insightful. Sometimes it’s long. But most of the time it’s short. Sometimes it’s one line. It works.

So then I decided that I worked, just as I was.

I took a belief that, “I have no depth” (how f*cked up is that, btw?!) and turned it into “I have a great ability to get to the heart of the matter”.

So here’s what I’d like you to do with those notes you have made about those parts of yourself. Start framing them in a way that makes you happy. Find someone who has a similar trait and makes it work for them. Start searching for the evidence that that’s GREAT about YOU.

Now I’d love to hear from you. Share with us what you’ve realised is uber cool about you.

With love