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Personal Elevation: Are you worthy of the success you want?

  On paper, she was a beast. She had an Ivy League education. She worked for one of the nation's Fortune 100 company's and she overflowing with an engaging personality. However, during our initial call about what we would be focusing on during our sessions together, she said, "You aren't going to believe this, but I actually want to focus on my self confidence." I smiled, and said "Believe me when I say you aren't alone.  I'm the CEO of a Personal Elevation agency. Ironically, it started as a Personal Branding agency, but I spent so much time working on all of the other components necessary to build a strong an effective personal brand that I changed agency concept.  Several years ago, I began to recognize an interesting phenomena. At least 80% of the women who came to me wanted to work on their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. At first, I was stunned. You see, I falsely believed like so many other people that looking at one's resume, background and pedigree told the story (or, at least a large par of it). What I learned was nothing could be further from the truth.  Someone can look well-put together, present well and even continue to ascend in their career but still suffer from self-worth issues. However, there will come a point when they hit a wall. And that is usually when I get a call. Because I specialize in working with senior level executives and women business owners, I am privy to many thoughts, feelings and ideas that the general public isn't.  What I can tell you without a doubt is until you do the work inside, you will never be able to hit your full-potential. I often call the "inner work," Internal Branding. Simply put, the way you see yourself is the way the world will see you.  If you have a clouded Internal Belief system you will begin to sabotage your own success. How you ask, well, you won't go for opportunities that stretch you or take you out of your comfort zone, you won't  join organizations you feel "out of your league," or you won't start conversations with people you feel are "more senior," because the way you feel about yourself doesn't match those circumstances. It's time for a quick Internal Check-Up: 1. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much are you living up to your potential? 2. If an opportunity was presented to you, your dream opportunity, but you only had half of the skills they were looking for, would you still go for it or wait until you had more? 3. How comfortable are you doing something for the first time if it may cause criticism?  4. How do you deal with criticism? It is personal for you or just constructive feedback to make you better? Be honest...I won't tell.  5. If you were an object (car, hotel, restaurant, etc.) would you consider yourself on the high-end, mid-range or low-end? Look around and see if your life matches what you just said.  It's time to do the work. And contrary to what you might believe, the right education, contacts, pedigree and experience isn't going to get you where you want to go if your self-worth isn't elevated.  You deserve everything you want. Believe it.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jennifer Ransaw Smith is the CEO of Brand id Strategic Partners, a full-service Personal Elevation Agency that specializes in helping entrepreneurs + executives leverage their expertise and position themselves as the "person to know" within their industry. If you are ready to go from "unknown to known, " Log onto: http://www.personalelevation.com

 

On paper, she was a beast. She had an Ivy League education. She worked for one of the nation's Fortune 100 company's and she overflowing with an engaging personality. However, during our initial call about what we would be focusing on during our sessions together, she said, "You aren't going to believe this, but I actually want to focus on my self confidence." I smiled, and said "Believe me when I say you aren't alone. 

I'm the CEO of a Personal Elevation agency. Ironically, it started as a Personal Branding agency, but I spent so much time working on all of the other components necessary to build a strong an effective personal brand that I changed agency concept. 

Several years ago, I began to recognize an interesting phenomena. At least 80% of the women who came to me wanted to work on their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth. At first, I was stunned. You see, I falsely believed like so many other people that looking at one's resume, background and pedigree told the story (or, at least a large par of it). What I learned was nothing could be further from the truth. 

Someone can look well-put together, present well and even continue to ascend in their career but still suffer from self-worth issues. However, there will come a point when they hit a wall. And that is usually when I get a call. Because I specialize in working with senior level executives and women business owners, I am privy to many thoughts, feelings and ideas that the general public isn't. 

What I can tell you without a doubt is until you do the work inside, you will never be able to hit your full-potential. I often call the "inner work," Internal Branding. Simply put, the way you see yourself is the way the world will see you. 

If you have a clouded Internal Belief system you will begin to sabotage your own success. How you ask, well, you won't go for opportunities that stretch you or take you out of your comfort zone, you won't  join organizations you feel "out of your league," or you won't start conversations with people you feel are "more senior," because the way you feel about yourself doesn't match those circumstances.

It's time for a quick Internal Check-Up:

1. On a scale from 1 to 10, how much are you living up to your potential?

2. If an opportunity was presented to you, your dream opportunity, but you only had half of the skills they were looking for, would you still go for it or wait until you had more?

3. How comfortable are you doing something for the first time if it may cause criticism? 

4. How do you deal with criticism? It is personal for you or just constructive feedback to make you better? Be honest...I won't tell. 

5. If you were an object (car, hotel, restaurant, etc.) would you consider yourself on the high-end, mid-range or low-end? Look around and see if your life matches what you just said. 

It's time to do the work. And contrary to what you might believe, the right education, contacts, pedigree and experience isn't going to get you where you want to go if your self-worth isn't elevated. 

You deserve everything you want. Believe it. 

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Jennifer Ransaw Smith is the CEO of Brand id Strategic Partners, a full-service Personal Elevation Agency that specializes in helping entrepreneurs + executives leverage their expertise and position themselves as the "person to know" within their industry. If you are ready to go from "unknown to known, " Log onto: http://www.personalelevation.com