Discovering the elements in life that inspire a fulfilling legacy can be obscured when forces of nature draw us in a different direction. This can range from our inner circle to the environment we are living in. So many factors play an integral role in the direction of our lives but it is time to disrupt the pattern–break it down to peel back the layers.
When we choose to surround ourselves with others who are unique from our own characteristics, we can begin to change the narrative and perceptions that have molded our future. Sometimes our authentic self is hidden beneath the layers depending where we are and who we are interacting with. But representing what we really stand for will help unleash our dreams and passion. However, the confidence and courage to being human in our professional lives has not always been easy because of the existing social pressures when people feel like they have to separate their identities from home to the work environment. Mike Robbins helps put this into perspective in his Forbes interview with Henna Inam:
Bringing our whole selves to work means showing up authentically, leading with humility, and remembering that we’re all vulnerable, imperfect human beings doing the best we can. It’s also about having the courage to take risks, speak up, ask for help, connect with others in a genuine way, and allow ourselves to be truly seen. It’s not always easy for us to show up this way, especially at work. And it takes commitment, intention, and courage for leaders and organizations to create environments that are conducive to this type of authenticity and humanity. ~ Mike RobbinsSource: Forbes “Bring Your Whole Self To Work”
Rising to the peak of our destiny will undoubtedly come with challenges and roadblocks. There is no playbook or manual that demonstrates smooth sailing to the top but riding out the waves with genuine intent will not only build a renowned legacy but your network, village or tribe will paddle along. This may mean compromises in bringing everyone along the journey regardless of differentiating opinions or ideas–this is okay. Because embracing the success of others and adversaries versus tearing them down solidifies that we are human and reveals that we are guided by our internal compass not the social pressures that heavily weigh us down.
Being comfortable with who we are will shine the light on what we stand for and ultimately encourage everyone to bring their authentic self to the top layer not beneath it all. Designing our destiny with this in mind will build a solid foundation and alliance no matter where the path ahead unfolds.