“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me.”
~ Al Franken, as Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live
Earlier today I found myself in need of a pep talk.
It’s so easy to watch in awe other people’s accomplishments and feel intimidated.
This upcoming week I will be surrounded by some really amazing, inspiring women as I travel to Washington DC representing the State of Ohio at Parenting Magazine’s 2012 Mom Congress in Education and Learning Conference.
I have to admit, that when I first found out I had been selected as Ohio’s delegate, I was more then a little intimidated.
I applied for the opportunity on somewhat of a whim.
I remember briefly looking at the date of the conference and thinking to myself that I could probably make the date work if I got selected, and then very quickly following that thought up with the fact that I would most likely not need to worry about “making any date work” because the chances that I would get selected were surely…
slim to none.
Yet here I am… less then a week away from flying to Washington DC to:
- Participate in panel discussions hosted by NBC News Education Nation
- Attend a “Town Hall” discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
- Listen and learn from many other education and policy superstars
I am still floored, somewhat still in denial, and will admit that on occasion have wondered if I am a little beyond my league with this opportunity.
I often put other women’s accomplishments on a pedestal to be inspired by, but sometimes have issues recognizing my own accomplishments.
Yet it is this exact feeling – the uncomfortable feeling of intimidation – that I now recognize as indicating the times in my life when it is most important to push myself outside of my own comfort zone.
Because it is only when I reach beyond my comforts that I truly accomplish great things.
So that’s my goal in the week to come, to remember to push myself outside my typical comfort zone. And also to remember that maybe, just maybe, I have some accomplishments to be proud of too…
Bruno Mars singing just the way you are.
Leave a Comment. Do you ever find yourself unnecessarily comparing your accomplishments with others?
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