It breaks my heart when clients come to me saying they feel like they can’t be themselves at work. They have specific beliefs surrounding what it means to be a professional, an executive, or a leader.
They’re convinced that there isn’t room for emotion in business, or that vulnerability is a weaknesses. They have told themselves time and time again that it’s not okay to be their silly, playful, awkward selves.
In fact, that used to be me. After way too many years spent trying to be the way I thought I was supposed to be, I realized I was only wearing a mask – a mask that got in the way of my success and took a tremendous toll on me.
But my clients, though they’re from all different industries, have one thing in common. They’ve found time and again that not only is it okay to be their whole, authentic selves, but it’s actually critical to sustaining their mental health and overall continued success.
That’s not to say it’s easy.
There will be plenty of times when things go sideways.
What I can tell you is this: On those days when it’s hard, or a client’s experienced a big disappointment, I often ask them, “Would you go back to doing things the way you did before we started working together? Do you really want to put that mask back on?”
Not once has anyone said yes to that question.
I can’t remember anyone even hesitating.
Just like Judy Garland said, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
If you’re ready to become that first-rate version of yourself, then book a call so we can dive right in.
I’ll be waiting!