Posted by Rochelle Armstrong | February 12, 2021 | Leading Authentically
Now that you know a little more about me. I want to get to know you. What made you plug into social media, and what keeps you coming back? What is your level of involvement—do you write a daily post, create videos, or prefer to go live? Maybe you’re that person who likes to scroll through because you’re intrigued by what everyone else is doing.
If we’re going to get better acquainted, don’t you think that we should put all of our cards on the table? I have intentional motives, and it’s not to clown around. I’m trying to find my audience—that group of people I get, and they get me. I have something of value that I believe will help transform someone’s life, as it has mine, but I’m trying to determine if that person is you.
Do you have influence? Are you a decision-maker? Do people seek you out for advice? If yes to any one of those questions, chances are you’re a leader with or without a team. Being a leader comes with great responsibility because the interactions you have with one individual will eventually impact many, positively or negatively. Have you ever heard that you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself?
My latest book, Simply Complex: Leading Out of Authenticity, is for parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, business leaders, and anyone who influences others in any capacity. After years of feeling pressure to code-switch or create personas to be accepted in a society with specific standards, I could never simmer the flame burning inside to be simply me.
Everyone, including me, had an idea of who I should be considering the environment where I grew up, my DNA, self-acceptance, and self-worth, to name a few influences, so I became what I needed to be. People expected me to be to survive. But my endgame was to never remain in this inauthentic state. No! I would break free and embrace my true identity.
Through my self-discovery journey and acceptance of the good and bad that I have been through, I chose to unmask my personas and show the world the best of me. Are you wondering what does this has to do with you? Maybe nothing. You may not be a part of the audience that I’m looking for, but before you click off, let’s see. Are there parts of your DNA that you’ve tried to suppress or wish away? Are there things that have happened to you that was out of your control, yet you feel ashamed? Do you love yourself despite your failures and mistakes? Does your position and compensation at work reflect your self-worth?
Hey. You don’t have to respond yes or no to me, but if you know in your heart that the world isn’t getting the best of you, I invite you to stay on this journey with me. I know deep inside there is a desire to be simply you.