I woke up this morning thinking about spunk. What is spunk? Spunk is having your “game on”. It is stepping out there on the stage that is your life, even if you are in the grips of stage fright.
It is raising your hand at a meeting or in a group and being willing to pitch your ideas, or lead, or join. It is refusing to be intimidated when you have an attack of the “shys”. It is realizing that just putting yourself out there is empowering enough. It is doing so even if people might make fun of you or minimize you. It is refusing to believe that it is too scary to try. As a matter of fact, “you/f you have a day when you feel spunky, it does not even occur to you to be scared!
I have had times like that, certainly in my 20s when I was fresh on the corporate scene and eager to “climb that ladder”. These days, my spunk takes other forms. I try to give the students that need it, a Spunk Transplant. You see, we can indeed be our own worst enemies. sometimes we are afraid of success ~ because expectations change. You succeed big once, and others come to expect it of you all the time, right?
BUT, I ask you, what is wrong with others discovering just how much you really are capable of? If you hide your light under a bushel basket, the world gets darker.
ENOUGH with adding to the darkness. You do not gain safety by holding back. You may gain anonymity, but all that does is take you to your lesser self. Don’t trade anonymity for greatness. Some day I will share about a time in my life when I tried that hat on. In my next post I will explain what all of this has to do with carrots.