Putting Your Best Professional Foot Forward
Issue 1 / Volume 1 January 2012
CJ Johnson Writes… “The Good Karma Copy Writer” CJJohnsonWrites.Com
Are you always showing up or always a shrinking violet? That might sound a little ambivalent, but you could be a person that never “shows up.” You may also recede or cave in a lot, quake in your boots at the most inopportune times, dumb yourself down, silence yourself versus speaking your mind, or heck, all of the above. And where does that get you? How good do you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror, or even hear yourself carry on with others. Thinking, why didn’t I claim credit for the new benefits program, or why didn’t I ask for $5,000 more in my interview. Your frustration grows when you realize that your life is going in circles because you are simply, “not showing up.” I first heard that phrase from the personal life coach, Unitra Roberts. I can’t even exactly remember how the nature of the conversation began, I just remember, that phrase. She referenced several people that seemed to always be “showing up” such as Barak Obama, Oprah, Condelezza Rice, and various other celebrities and notables. These folks are consistent and convicted in who they are, what they want to achieve, how they are going to do it, and never dumb themselves down or, just not, not say anything when the moment presents itself. The older we get the more that you begin to feel that the clock is ticking, very loud no mind you, and that you have got to get a hold of yourself, push through, become a little more brazen, and assert yourself whenever possible. This particularly holds true in one’s professional life. I am not necessarily making this a public service announcement to engulf yourself in shameless self-promotion. No, I am advocating that you jump into a more basic category for change and self-awareness. I am suggesting that you just start sharing your brilliance the moment it hits you, and not caring what others have to say. Granted, I know that takes guts to get the glory but if you do not start “showing up” you will fall further into self-deprecation or selfdoubt. There are a number of ways that you can approach this tall order. You can join Toastmasters, start your own podcast, continue to read more articles like this one, you can pretend your interviewer is naked, you could run for public office. Wait, there’s more, you can call your enemy a name that rhymes with Witch to her face (yes indecent, but I promise, you will feel an albatross drop from your neck), you could cough every time someone suggests something wacky at work and then you insert your awesomeness once all eyes are on you, you could keep a journal of your best ideas for productivity and publish them in an e-book, the point is to just begin being vocal and progressive. I’ve learned that once you stop letting others “speak” for you, you will find that you can’t stop talking and that your innate self will begin to “show up” like never before. It is worth it take risks, to put yourself out there and see how others react to you. Of course, you do not have to be
controversial or even that witty or funny, just start being engaging. Work hard, try new approaches, or just remove your blinders and â€œshow upâ€? with wild abandon.