“You’re unbearably good at everything. Is there nothing you can’t do?”
Ever had those words uttered to you?
A throwaway comment at the end of a run with some local mums left me feeling awful. I’m someone that in sports and in life always worked really hard and showed up consistently. It often paid dividends. It left me feeling like I wasn’t ever able to say that I was scared of something or worried I wouldn’t be able to do it because……”you’re always good at everything.” It got to the point when I didn’t speak of my achievements.
I noticed this very profoundly a few months ago at a café with some friends. Conversation over the most yummy stack of pancakes drifted to talk of the 1 mile swim across Lake Windermere. As an ex international swimmer turned triathlete, I offered a few tips of advice for cold water swimming.
“Have you done this race before?”
“Not Windermere but I did swim Lake Coniston once.”
“How far is it across? I didn’t swim across; we did a length of it. 5.25 miles.”
“How long did that take you?”
“2 hours 2 minutes. Actually, I’m the fastest women to ever swim it without a wetsuit.”
For the first time in about 10 years, I spoke of my achievement.
“How did I not know this about you? You’re awesome!”
Recently, I became certified as a Google #IAmRemarkable facilitator. #IAmRemarkable is an initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups to speak openly about their accomplishments in the workplace and beyond, thereby breaking modesty norms and increasing opportunities.
This workshop definitely helped me feel proud of my achievements and more able to talk openly about them.
What makes you remarkable either personally or professionally? Hit reply, I’d love to hear your responses.
PS Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an #IAmRemarkable workshop at your University or workplace. To learn more visit g.co/IamRemarkable.
PPS Hit reply and tell me why you are remarkable either personally or professionally.