This year I’ve been 100% committed to doing whatever it takes to fully embody my personal power. And I have to warn you, be careful for what you ask for!
It was my willingness to get uncomfortable and do the work that I uncovered a deeper meaning. In short, to inspire other women to claim the lead and make stuff happen!
To me, this means being BOLD and standing in your truth no matter what. It’s exploring where and how you position yourself in your life, on any given day, in any given situation or circumstance. Likewise, it’s knowing how you respond and navigate your life when things seem to be unfolding in your favor and when they are clearly NOT going your way.
Fires you up?
Makes you angry?
Are you passionate about?
Is it that you really want?
Are your deepest desires?
Do you keep avoiding?
These are important questions to ask yourself. You must take 100% responsibility for your life. Therefore, I believe you can lead from anywhere, even when you are in the role of follower.
Yes even when you are following you can lead, it’s simply a shift in your mindset. You do this through connection. By staying connected all the way through the conversation, the dance, the project, the relationship, whatever it is. You get connected by first becoming centered in your own core. Then from there you can feel, and think your way through the events of your day, week, month or year with exquisite awareness.
Becoming keenly aware of how you feel in any given moment. This allows you to be guided internally by what is radically true for you. When you can stand in your truth you’ll have a much easier time course correcting, especially when life throws you curve balls. Here’s a little secret…life will throw you curve balls!
It’s not about experiencing a perfect life with no adversity. It’s about how you RESPOND to the adversity. How you show up and the choices you make is what matters most. I encourage you to stay committed to being your best self today and everyday.
I learned this the hard way and my own mess became my message. I felt flat on my face skinned my knees, scraped my hands broke a few bones, and suffered extreme heartbreak in the process.
Firstly, this face plant took me to a place of total defeat, deep despair and a dark scary place inside. Secondly, I was full of uncertainty and I had no idea how I would get up and climb out of this hole. Further, I had no where to go, but to surrender to being face down in the dirt. Moreover, it was from here things started to shift.
The shift came from inside from the pain that ran so deep it pierced through my bones. I felt as if I could only take sips of breath, between the waterfall of tears that washed over me. I felt helpless, hopeless and disoriented while sitting in this dark fiery pit of despair, yet at the same time, I discovered something that would change my life forever.
In this place of darkness where I could barely breath was a spark of light. I began to feel a swell of warmth rise up from inside of me and suddenly my heart burst open! Feeling like I could breathe again and became hopeful and energized. I tapped into a reserve of energy that from that moment forward, I relied on to heal. To feel, move and shift my energy in order to find my way out of this dark hole.
Meanwhile I reached for relief and found the right resources to help me stand on my own two feet and become grounded once again in my truth. I had experienced a huge breakthrough, an awakening and a deep knowing that this was my time to heal. To take all the pain from my past, all the old stories that played like a broken record in my head and transform it.
Like the alchemist, who never loses hope and teaches that when a person really desires something, the whole universe will conspire to help that person realize their dream.
I was so ready to take a step in the right direction and get back on the correct course . Particularly, after being thrown from the saddle and landing face down in the arena. Beck in the flow and aligned with my true self, I felt UNSTOPPABLE. My desire was strong become the leader of my life and take 100% responsibility for how I wanted to feel, moment-to-moment, day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year.
This is why I am dedicated to help other women tap into the wellspring of their inspiration and claim the lead in their life. Above all, to stop chasing shiny objects that promise happiness, and put and end to repeating negative patterns that keep them stuck in old stories that they’ve out grown.
When you claim the lead in your life you learn to tune into your deepest desires. You also tap into a reservoir of vitality that allows you to make sh*t happen!
I would have never experienced the rise in my strength without first being completely paralyzed in defeat. In conclusion, trust yourself and do whatever it takes to dig down and tap your inspiration to claim the lead.
Teena Evert, MA, LMFT, LAC is the Founder & CEO of Claim The Lead, a personal leadership development company. Teena has been a licensed psychotherapist and personal growth junkie for over 20 years. She is committed to helping extraordinary women in business stand in and own their power so they can lead with intention, authenticity and joy and reap financial and personal benefits from their work.
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