Hear Me Roar!

Author: BHSU Communications/Sunday, August 31, 2014/Categories: 2014

The post below came from Karla who asked to log an original post, rather than a response.  We are happy to oblige.

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And here's Karla's post:

Recently I ran into some people I haven&rsquot seen in close to 20 years.  When I was reintroduced to them the comment was made, "Oh that is Karla.  She hasn&rsquot changed."  It left me feeling odd and after some meditating on the subject, I came to a few insights as to what I was feeling.

&middot       Why was my first thought negative?

&middot       I am not the same person I was 20 years ago!

&middot       Why do I have a need to prove them wrong&mdashbecause of point 1 in that they thought of me in a negative way?

Sometimes we find it easy to believe the negative comments people share about us versus the positive ones.  When we are given a compliment, we tend to discredit or minimize it.  I believe women struggle with this a lot more than men.

So, I challenge each of you to accept compliments and relish in them for a few minutes.  It was given, so take a moment to accept the kudos.  Next, practice what Amy Cuddy says, "Fake it until you Make it" in knowing you are not the same person you were 20, 10, or 5 years ago.  You are a leader who is making a difference.  And, if you are competitive at all (which we are since we are in a leadership class), I challenge you to join me and prove the negative people wrong.

We are forging our own path!

Karla Fernau

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