Have you ever experienced a situation that makes you feel like you need to be different than you really are?
Less talkative? (This one’s all the time for me.)
I would guess that all of us have experienced this at least once (hello…remember high school?) in our lives.
Last week at a women’s leadership program book discussion session, one of the participants shared that she feels she needs to be a completely different person at work than she is at home.
After my heart recovered from a quick jab (which I always feel when someone tells me something like this) I simply asked her, “Is that OK?”
Watch the video and then read the comments below…
(Oh and before I posted this, I did look up the word “tamp”. Nailed it.)
Before we touch on a few more key points, for the record, I never want to work in an environment where hugging is frowned upon. Never.
Here are the main things to keep in mind about getting your groove back (or keeping it, if you generally rock on with your bad self.)
Sometimes, it’s just a matter of deciding that you will not let the environment or people change you. It takes a lot of inner strength to do this, but it’s certainly possible.
I do know this for sure: the long-term answer to this situation is not being two different people.
Not only is this not sustainable, it’s not good enough for you.
You deserve to show up, full-strength you, in all areas of your life.
But it’s up to you to make it happen.