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Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC
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2013: Get Some Inspiration from Your Own Story
I was introduced to the book What
I Know Now, Letters to My Younger Self: Extraordinary Women Share the
Wisdom They Wish They'd Had When They Were Younger. The editor,
Ellyn Spragins, is most recently an Editor-at-Large for Fortune Small
Business and she wrote a column in the New York Times for three years.
Her book started as an article in O, The Oprah Magazine, and she later
expanded those ideas to a book.
were many touching stories from some famous women sprinkled through
the book. I selected one to replicate in this newsletter. This
selection represents an inspirational message that reminded me of
some of the situations that my current clients are facing. While the
exact circumstances may not be a match, the struggle and solution
that the piece exhibits, hits the mark.
quote is from Gerry Laybourne, CEO of Oxygen Media. She started as a
school teacher and in 1980, at age 33, joined the Nickelodeon team
and built an award winning network within 16 years. She left
Nickelodeon, to spend two years at Disney/ABC Cable Network and she
later made the leap to start Oxygen in 1998. In this role, she
persuaded investors to pony up more than $600 Million to launch the
new channel. In her interviews, she confessed "I lived a safe
corporate existence at Nickelodeon and raising money terrifies
me". Gerry wrote a letter to her younger self at the time that
she was "jumping ship" from her seemingly corporate safety
to "a Wall Street driven, quarterly measured, corporate culture
that hasn't yet bought into your ideas". In the end, her advice
to her younger self was:
all, remember to be your own best friend. Turn off the radio station
in your head that points out your failures."
idea has made me ask the following questions:
- How many of us do
not take the risk because of the tune of doubt that keeps
playing in our heads?
- How many of us
feed that "failure tune" that keeps
playing in our heads?
- Do you have the
courage to turn that tune off or switch channels to a
situation reminds me of many successful executives today who
intellectually know that they are successful, yet they have not been
able to "accept" their success on an emotional level. I
hear comments like:
- What am I doing
running this business? I have no right to be a successful Vice
President, Entrepreneur, General Manager.
- I still see
myself as the kid hustling on the basketball court.
- I come from a
humble family and I have worked hard but there are plenty of
people who have helped me.
Do any of these
comments sound familiar to you? Are you constantly succeeding and
yet still doubting yourself? Does your self-doubt sometimes cloud
your judgment? What is it that continually feeds your self -doubt?
We all have negative thoughts or occasional
self-doubts. The key is to not let these overwhelm or over-power
you. We all also have those little voices in our heads that give
us lots of negative self-talk. The key is to not let this voice
become the only voice that you hear. In the words of this
successful woman, try changing or tuning off the "radio
station in your head" that talks about your failures. Instead
embrace and celebrate your successes and your current reality.
Congratulations, by doing this small and powerful self-check, you
are deriving results from
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