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Just 'a Girl

Have you ever caught yourself saying, “I’m just a mother, I’m just a director, I’m just a whatever?” If so, stop!

You are special, whatever your role is, so own it. Be proud of who you are and never undermine your own talents. Walk into any room, knowing you are an asset. Know who you are and what your true value is.

Negative self-talk, from “I’m such a jerk for messing up that presentation” to “I’m not good at public speaking,” is paralyzing and destructive and should be avoided at all costs. When you fill your mind with statements such as, “I’m too young, too old, I don’t have the talent, I can’t learn tech, I can’t, I can’t…” you lose. Your inner voice takes you down

with each variation.

Deleting negative self-talk should be at the top of your list! Anita, a senior government worker, says she cringes when she hears one of her female employees say, I’m just an aide, I’m just a secretary. “I am a fierce women’s advocate, so I try to coach women to be proud of who and what they are. It seems to make a small difference.”

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