lesson in the blessing

Last week, I was blessed to be honored as one of the 25 Most Influential African-American Women in Cleveland by Heineken.  What a great way to end the year!   I was so inspired by my fellow honorees and their amazing stories.  In addition to having the pleasure of spending the evening in the company of these amazing women, I was reminded of three very important things.

writing off service donations watch https://eventorum.puc.edu/usarx/viagra-patent-expiration-date-us/82/ http://hyperbaricnurses.org/6142-viagra-on-sale/ follow link life of pi essay help viagra euphoria dog on viagra http://mechajournal.com/alumni/buy-essays-fast/12/ termpaper topics http://almadenyoga.com/clinic/viagra-generic-competition/65/ viagra from greece go here cheap genric viagra online go hire writer essay go to link freedom paper cs homework help immigration research paper essay good sports a research paper written in apa format which is best viagra or cialis research and papers custom research proposal ghostwriting service for university thesis template pages https://sigma-instruments.com/viagra-femenino-andorra-11483/ sildenafil blurred vision don't mix viagra wih steroids photo maca viagra natural source link follow link  1.  Always be prepared.
Since my husband happened to be hosting the awards ceremony (he’s a radio personality), I got a heads up that we would just be accepting the award and taking photos—no speeches.  Then the ceremony starts and he says we can say a few words if we would like—no pressure!  I was kicking myself for not having prepared a few words just in case.  As an event planner, I know better than anyone that events are fluid and don’t always go as planned.  I am the queen of carrying a plan b in my back pocket for my clients, but when the time came for me personally, I was not prepared.  It’s not like it was a keynote or anything, so I winged it and it was fine.  Then of course, I wrote the perfect speech in my head on my way home from the event!

me and my award

2.  You deserve it.
Despite all of my accomplishments, often times I still feel like I’m not worthy.  Like I’m not a “real” entrepreneur and I’m going to be outed for the fake that I am at any minute.  There’s actually a name for it—Imposter Syndrome.  These feelings don’t always last for long, but when they are present they can be motivating or paralyzing.  When I feel paralyzed, I remember that it’s normal to feel self-doubt every now and then.  I try to step outside of myself and see myself they way others see me.  I review my accomplishments in life thus far—personally and professional—and focus on what I’ve done right, rather than what I have yet to achieve.  And when I am blessed to receive an honor as I did last week, I whisper to myself, “You deserve it.”

3.  You are not alone.
After hearing my fellow honorees share story after story about overcoming various financial, physical and emotional setbacks, I realize I am not alone.  Rather than trying to always go it alone, I need to do a better job of utilizing my personal and professional networks as a source of support.  I need to realize that while I am strong, asking for help does not make me weak.  Leaning on my networks to express my fears, frustrations, successes and setbacks can be a great way to gain new perspectives.

Now to turn all of this inspiration into a plan of action as I begin to work on my goals for 2014 next week.

What were some valuable lessons you learned in 2013?

7 Comments on The Lesson In The Blessing: 3 Things I Learned In 2013

  1. I learned I can’t save everyone. Even when I see what they don’t see I can’t save them. I have to allow people to make mistakes even if their mistakes affect me. I just have to let go and let God.. Congratulations!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.