We know our shit, so why are we scared to show it?
We women too often apologize when we speak. Are scared to knock on closed doors and interrupt something important. Newsflash: We are important.
We worry about how our bodies look and if we’re too fat. Too skinny. Too saggy. If we’re saying too much. Too fat and too much for who?
Look at men. When men walk into a room, they frequently take charge of that room with confidence, whether or not they’ve earned it. If their belly is hanging over their belt, do they care? Probably not. So why do we worry about our perceived imperfections like they are anyone else’s business or diminish our worth in any way?
Male leaders, walking around with bald spots on their heads and maybe lies in their mouths. But they do something we women don’t do enough.
THEY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES.
A crazy thing happened when I started fully believing in myself a few years ago. I received the respect I deserve. If my experience and knowledge make me an expert on something, I let myself be an expert.
I look people in the eye while I offer them my expert opinion. Even if their job title ranks them above me. Even if their credentials are impressive.
I ask questions without shame when I don’t understand.
When my refusal to be intimidated raises their voice or turns their face red, I don’t turn away.
If someone challenges my gut mom instinct about my kids, I ask them hard questions. More importantly, I trust my gut. My soft, womanly gut. Full of calories and gumption.
Because inside, we have ribs of steel. Our abilities to be compassionate and emotional only add to our superpowers.
Let’s commit as women to not only knowing and showing our worth, but helping each other do the same.