There are reasons why people often call a unique challenge an uphill battle. It takes time, tenacity and focus. If you have spent any time as a Diversity and Inclusion practitioner, you’ve scaled a few of these hills. While managing Diversity & Inclusion programs across industry and size, I have noticed that while faces may change, similar challenges oftentimes do not.
And like me, as you continue to champion inclusion, it is not unordinary to feel you are the only inhabitant on a now long forgotten island at sea. If these feelings resonate with you, I want to share my personal plan- Remember What Is Important.
Sense of Humor
Having a sense of humor creates balance. It makes you smile. Even better than balance, a smile costs you nothing and pays you back, like a cool refreshing breeze on a hot day does, when you’re the reason why others turn their frowns into smiles. O.k. so a sense of humor might not be your strong suit. Here’s a tip to get you started- don’t take yourself too seriously. There is something freeing about a healthy level of vulnerability. I have found it helps me to tune in to the vibrant life happening all around me. It will for you too.
Sense of Self
Know who you are…how you’ve come to be the person you are because of where you’ve been. A solid sense of self and grit to never back down from that knowledge will continue to be the wind in your sails that transports you to where you want to go. Be authentic. You might as well be yourself, since no one else is qualified.
Sense of Worth
The bottom line is this. Your time, effort and energy are all worthy of pursuing the things that make you happy. Life is simply too short to do or think otherwise.
Be A Person of Integrity
Regardless of what’s going on around you, do what’s right, every time. Act with strong character and integrity. C.S. Lewis said it best, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”
Believe it or not, there is someone…somewhere…worse off than you are.
Don’t forget to thank those who helped you get to where you are.