It is fascinating to think there is so much power in honoring the little voice.

I’ve been in LinkedIn chat with a brilliant woman who just saw me present at the WiSE 24 Virtual conference. I’m always curious about what resonates with people as I share a lot of ideas. Telling someone something is lovely, but finding out what they remember is better.

When you want to be known for what you think, then the goal isn’t to “do” anything, the goal is for the other person to understand the idea. The goal is to teach the other person to be able to implement and share your idea. That, my friends, is what I think is brilliant about humans.

When people engage with me after I’ve shared my theories about navigating the new working world, I tend to ask. 

  • What did you remember?
  • What resonated with you?
  • Were there any surprises?
  • What will you share with other people?

Even though I teach people how to share their thinking with others, I’m still genuinely surprised at some of the responses.

The response I got today? 

“It’s fascinating to think there’s so much power in honoring the little voice.”

I was talking about the concept that the 8-year-old person already had skills that were unique to them. And how, before Jr. High and social constructs, those skills were untainted and honest. I believe those attributes often show up in how we lead, think, and build things as adults. And because they’ve been a part of how we show up for so long, they’re just part of “who we are.” This thing that has been part of you for so long is so ingrained that the unique and valuable aspect of you feels like breathing. And like breathing, we tend to assume everyone can do it. And if everyone can do it, then it can’t be special.

I’ve worked with 1000s of people, helping them identify what makes them special. Work with me, and you’ll probably get the question, “What were you good at doing when you were 8?” It’s a rare day for me when someone’s 8-year-old-self isn’t clearly showing up in today’s modern world. This person is often that authentic self we’re always looking to find. I don’t know about you, but I know my inner 8-year-old is raging inside me regularly.

So here’s a challenge for you. I want you to look back at your past. To that moment, whatever age, when you believed you could do anything when you weren’t worried about what other people thought and just were. 

What were you good at doing then? And can you honor your little voice?

My guess, they’re pretty awesome.

PS. A shoutout also goes to Stacey Givens, who bravely raised her hand for a live “transformation” during my session. Stacey – it’s so much easier for others to understand how sharing language about the Future You can enable their goals. I can explain all day, but you helped me show. And hopefully, between the two of us, we taught them how to think differently about the Future You.