While we have all seen the headlines, what we don’t hear are the stories of the millions of non-celebrities suffering. The only thing worse than struggling with a mental health issue is trying to convince people it’s real. I share our story and ways that you can help yourself and others as a way to let people know they are not alone.
Most of us stop ourselves from succeeding. And it’s not that we don’t have grit, and it’s not that we don’t want to persevere, it’s that we let ourselves get trapped instead of breaking through to become what we can truly be! Until we release our potential and until you fail a few times, you won’t know what that is.
Recently I had the privilege of speaking at a women’s conference where Maria Shriver and Michelle Obama participated in a thought provoking, funny, and touching Q&A. After standing in line that wrapped around the entire hotel and conference center (over ¼ mile long), navigating through secret service, and weaving through the 3,500 chairs in the room, I took my seat. You could feel the energy in the room. Seriously. While there were a few men scattered throughout, this room was jam packed full of ambitious and talented women leaders, all ready to hang on every word of wisdom these two incredible women had to offer.
The main difference between those who courageously act and those who stay stuck amounts to how we view fear. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is being afraid and working through the discomfort. Courage means you allow challenge and adversity to be a catalyst to help you grow strong enough to face whatever life throws at you.