I recently had a conversation with a group of highly intelligent women about the state of health care in the United States. These women were new acquaintances and throughout the conversation I felt as if I presented myself as the confident person I would like to be. It was a wonderful feeling.
Later that day, I realized that I wasn’t presenting myself per se. I was simply being my authentic self. This was a surprising realization for me, as someone who at times has introverted tendencies. Allowing myself to own my ideas is something I’ve been working at quite a bit lately, and the fact that I was able to do just that without even trying was a new and fantastic experience.
However, I did not give myself credit for this accomplishment right away. After the conversation, I felt as if I had simply done a better job of acting the part of a bold and confident person. It was only upon reflection that I realized I had simply shown up as my true self. As we follow the path of personal growth, it is easy to discount our achievements. But it is extremely important that we give ourselves credit for the progress we make.