I was talking to one of my best friends (who is not an entrepreneur) today about my realization that I am still dimming my light and sharing that I was challenged to uncover the roots of the fear that I have allowed to stop me from being a six-figure entrepreneur – because the truth is that there is no other logical explanation why that is not my reality. I may not be playing as small as last year or last week but there is definitely room for immense elevation. I solicited her as one of my accountability partners because she knows my strengths and abilities probably better than anyone. Actually, I said, “Girl I need you to call me out on my foolishness because you know this is foolishness.” She agreed after I explained that I know that I am not living up to my true potential. Oh, and just like my business coach and friends, you get to call me out too – just like I will do for you. This relationship is reciprocal.
My friend then informed me that she previously viewed things differently. Like many, she sees the social media posts, blog articles, newsletters and projects and thinks I’m on the ball. I thanked her and we both agreed that I am capable of more. She then said she always felt like I never stop working and that my brain never turns off. You know what? There is a lot of truth in that statement. I have not kept regular 9-5 hours in the last 20 years. I work when I’m inspired – whether 2:00am or 2:00pm – and because I’m inspired by my work it doesn’t feel like work. Any my brain IS like your computer with a dozen tabs open, but I also go shopping, go on day trips, listen to music, and take TV breaks. I even took my first vacation since 2019 (because there is still a pandemic).
As I reevaluate how I want to show up as a leader, I want to remind you of three things:
- Show up fully for yourself
- Take time to relax and rejuvenate
- Leverage your gifts
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Nicki Sanders, MSW, CEO, is a Career and Empowerment Strategist who helps high-performing women of color in management go from overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated to energized, well paid, and appreciated. Through Nicki Sanders Leadership Consulting, she also helps businesses recruit, hire, train, and retain great employees. Nicki has an extensive background in developing and managing successful programs and leading high-functioning multi-disciplinary teams. 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 she loves. Nicki is a lover of cupcakes, travel, and 80’s hip hop and R&B music.