Authenticity Requires Instrospection


My word for 2023 is authenticity.

Authenticity requires:

  • Self-reflection
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-assurance

I’ve said before publicly that if you need me, I’m there.

I will show up for others, but I have let myself down or sacrificed my own needs and honestly, I thought that I had passed that phase. Nope.

In my commitment to transparency, I’m sharing that my weekend was filled with feelings of stagnation and ambiguity…with some bad news thrown in.

I have taken off the Super Woman cape but still prioritized other people’s needs over my own on multiple occasions. Still said yes to too many things and filled my calendar with tasks, events, and projects that didn’t always serve ME well in that moment in time.

After realizing in a new way that I am the bottleneck limiting elevation to my next level, I created these affirmations:

  • I trust myself in all ways
  • I trust myself to show up fully for myself
  • I trust myself to love, support, prioritize, and commit to myself
  • I trust myself to make decisions in my best interest
  • I trust myself to improve all areas of my life

Video: Authenticity Requires Self-Awareness

I went back to an email that I wrote to myself on August 24, 2021, then decided to share it as my declaration and testimony. Reading that email again gave me the additional confirmation I didn’t know that I needed to hit the accelerator AGAIN and not let up!! It’s GO time! The game has changed!!


Nicki Sanders, MSW, supports high-performing women of color in social work leadership in developing careers that feed their hearts, minds, and wallets. As Founder and CEO of Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, her mission is simple – to eliminate toxic workplaces by developing skilled, empathetic, and goal-oriented leaders who have the vision, support, and resources to create a culture where business prospers, and employees thrive individually and collectively. Nicki has an extensive background in nonprofit management leading high-functioning, multi-disciplinary teams, volunteer recruitment and retention, and social impact programming. She is an accomplished professor, coach, trainer, and group facilitator who has combined her gift for authentic relationships, Master of Social Work degree, and over 20 years of diverse work experience to create a life and career aligned with her values and purpose. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.

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