How Would You Coach Your Younger Self?

younger and older womenThis is a question I asked high achieving women for my book – How would you coach your younger self?.  I continue to be amazed and inspired by their responses, here is a partial list.  If asked the question, what would your answer be?

1. Find your passion and be true to yourself.  We spend too much time pleasing others, without really taking the time to understand ourselves. We take care of the needs of everyone else, we also need to serve ourselves and not feel guilty when we take time for ourselves.

2. Have a child or have a second child.  I haven’t heard anyone regret having children.  Having more instead of having fewer children have been the best thing these women have ever done.  The highlight of their happiness comes from the family.

3. You need your girlfriends throughout your life.  Don’t drop them even if you get busy, find the time to reconnect with your girlfriends, we need their company.

4. You can go farther than you think you can.  Early on we don’t readily recognize confidence, we criticize and self evaluate too much.  If people are telling you that you have the ability, then don’t be afraid to believe them.

5. Don’t believe your own press.  Balance confidence with humility and gratefulness.  Ask yourself if you are growing and pushing with confidence and humility?

6. Do more stopping and smelling the roses.  Don’t sacrifice the quiet moments, sit still, have downtime.  It’s the moment by moment that makes the difference.  At the end of the day, that’s all we have – the moments.  The moments that we remember are when we stopped to smell the roses.

If you are given the opportunity to coach your younger self, what would you say?  How would you coach them for work life success?  What lessons can they learn from you?


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