Listen To Yourself



The world is a loud, noisy place.

Noise is not only distracting, but noise is also deceiving. Noise will cause you to look outward for insight and answers. Noise will cause you to believe that things must happen a certain way and by a certain time.  Noise makes it easy to overlook or avoid the things that matter most. Noise can drown out your voice!

If you want to limit your limiting beliefs and uplevel your position, go to your quiet place, shut out the distractions, and listen to yourself.

Listen to yourself – Your mind, body, and spirit are talking to you.


  1. Evaluate – Go inward to evaluate your thoughts, feelings, fears, and priorities.

If there is something that I hope we all take away from the coronavirus pandemic it is gratitude for our blessings. I have a greater appreciation for and commitment to my desires, goals, and the people, place, and things that are important to me because this pause has given me the opportunity to reaffirm that everything that I need is already inside of me. I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to.

  1. Honor – Be you. Honor who you are at your core. Don’t change to please others.

One thing that I provide to my clients are options. There is always more than one way to get something done. I’ve been told that I must do things a certain way or connect with certain people or attend certain events to achieve my goals. I’ve been told to stop doing things that feel authentic to me and not to do things that I believe are right for me. I rebuke it all. I am honoring who I am because what I know for sure is that following a prescribed path had never taken me where I want to go.

  1. Act – Act by implementing your great advice that you share so freely with others.

My clients, mentees, team members, and students who implement the advice I share and follow the strategies I provide get what they want. They achieve and excel. I’ve said again and again that I won’t lead you where I have gone and that means that I also follow my own great advice…most of the time. Sometimes I want or maybe even need a reminder to do the things that I know that I need to do. One day I said aloud, “I need a Nicki”, meaning someone who gives me the type of advice, transparency, consistency, and objectivity that I give to others. I asked for a ME when I am the original ME!!! I don’t need a substitute when I am the real thing!

Don’t stop here – rinse and repeat. Every next level requires a new version of you.


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.

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