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  • Linda R. Taliaferro

Your 21-Day Self-Discovery Challenge

Women have historically been underrepresented in the field of engineering — especially Black women. But that didn’t stop Monique Wells as a girl:

“It never dawned on me that career fields had anything to do with whether or not there was someone who looked like me,... [because my] anchor was that the world was my oyster,” explained Wells on my recent Being Brown at Work Facebook Live.

UNTIL…she went out into the world, first as a female, African American engineering student, then in graduate school, and again and again professionally. Her nerves gnawed at her. She dreaded each day because she questioned her abilities.

How did Wells overcome her self-doubt to become the confident career woman she is today? With THIS one shift.

Find Your Anchor Beliefs

Monique believed in herself — that she could anything — as a girl. The problem is, the world tested that belief: teachers said this or colleagues said that or NO ONE said anything at all; Wells just thought they did. And she let such slights, real or imagined, shake her self worth.

“The real fight and the real struggle in every situation you find yourself in is not against other people; it’s to hang onto what you know that you know,” reflected Wells.

In other words, your perception of yourself is always going to trump the perceptions of others, explained Wells. When you know who you are, you can walk into any room with confidence. You can take your seat at the table because YOU KNOW you’ve earned it. And you can shape how the world sees you — the persona you project onto it.

Challenge: Discover Yourself in 21 Days

If you’re struggling with self-doubt or imposter syndrome right now, then it’s time to take the 21-Day Self-Discovery Challenge:

Over the next 3 weeks, I invite you to think about:

  • Who are you to those who need you (your family and friends)?

  • Who are you to those who have requirements and expectations of you (your boss and your coworkers)?

  • What do you know YOU KNOW about who you are? Your strengths and weaknesses? Your humor? Your quirks and all?

  • What do you know you’re capable of?

Now, I want you to sit down and write it all out. And read it out loud to yourself every day, for the next 21 days.

Discover yourself: your anchor beliefs about who you are. Root yourself in them. And lean on them whenever Katy down the hall or Mike in management or ANYONE tests what you know you know about yourself.

Your confidence is waiting for you. All you have to do? Take the challenge. And share your transformation with me on Facebook!

Get on Your Own Side this Year

If you don’t notice a shift in your confidence, negative self-perceptions or traumas may be tainting your true anchor beliefs. Book your one-on-one with me, so you can get on your own side and move forward with your professional (& personal) growth goals. Progress is yours for the taking this year. Take it!

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