When you lose your confidence – remember that You are more than enough

More than Enough

You are more than enough.

Whenever I have vivid dreams, I know that something is wrong. Most times it means I’m fighting a cold – but the last time it was because of stress. Work stress.

I tossed and turned in my sleep wondering what was going on, wondering why I stammered more, or my brain felt so foggy. One of those nights will drifting off into sleep I heard these distinct words “You have lost your confidence.”

It was true, it was painful, but it began my journey into reminding myself that I’m more than enough. And you too – “You are more than enough enough”

I recently devoured Elaine Welteroth’s book – More than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) and I immediately remembered the angst, the pain of being a Black woman trying to survive in the corporate world.

I though about the different ways people would set you up for failure, but somehow you would maneuver around them and still find a way to survive. You would second guess yourself over and over again, until you started to wonder if there was something wrong with you. And then you would slowly begin losing your confidence, without even realizing it.

I loved Elaine’s stories about her career rise – because sometimes we think everybody else’s career has a straight path, but our own. Thankfully we are all just trying to figure it out.

But what I loved even more was how she emphasized the importance of community in helping you to make those important personal and career decisions. We all think we are alone in our pain, or in our challenges, but when we look up and speak up we realize that there are many who have experienced this exact challenge, and that we can learn from them.

Saying it’s not easy navigating Corporate North America would be an understatement, but thankfully it can get easier with books like these – guiding us and reminding us that WE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH.

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