Inspired by Mrs. Obama and Oprah Winfrey

 Avg. reading time: 2 min     |    Photo Credit: CBS News     |   Originally posted 12/21/16

Avg. reading time: 2 min     |    Photo Credit: CBS News     |   Originally posted 12/21/16

Avg. reading time: 1 min

If you were just like me on Monday night, you were glued to your television to watch the CBS special where Oprah Winfrey candidly interviewed the First Lady of the United Stated of America, Michelle Obama. My phone was literally lighting up with nonstop text messages with power packed interview quotes. Upon being asked how her role in the White House uncovered another level to her inner power, Michelle Obama responded:

We as women or we as minorities underestimate ourselves. I’m pretty smart. I work pretty hard. I’m good at what I do. I have really good instincts. I have great ideas and I can execute. I say that out loud...live out loud...what’s in your brain is really useful, do not hide it, don’t dumb it down, don’t apologize for it, just put it on the table, let people deal with it...
— Michelle Obama

At times we shy away from moments where we can use our inner-gifts or talents. We choose to become lesser versions of ourselves, leading to missed opportunities and stifling our own growth. By truly recognizing who we are and what we bring to the table, we become the best version of ourselves. Like Mrs. Obama says, sometimes we need to say that out-loud. We must find opportunities to re-center our greatness through the day with positive affirmations, a gratitude journal, or by simply communicating our core values at a meeting.

When you recognize and walk in your truth, you surpass your own self limitations and the critical opinions of others.

Be unapologetically you.

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