Going All The Way There with Katie Couric. She spills the tea.Nov 14, 2021
I spent last weekend glued to ‘Going There’ by Katie Couric. Have you read it? OMG. Super smart and funny. Also nakedly honest, and full of over the top stories. She’s just so damn confident throughout. Not fearless. Plenty of fear. Terror even. But she’s confident. She believes in herself and her ability to lead, handle, learn from, overcome. She risks. She thinks big, and bigger. She succeeds spectacularly, but also fails. When she does fail it doesn’t diminish her inherent value. Because of all this, she has a huge impact.
I remember a designer mocking up an image of a jar of ‘Confidence’ as if it was a supplement. “If only we could buy it” we chuckled. Well, we can’t. But we can create it.
Here are a few tips from Katie’s huge life.
⭐️Be willing to take up space. People can’t form an opinion about you if they don’t know you. Marketing and visibility are often big triggers for sensitive types (raises hand 🙋🏼♀️)! You have to get support to get past that fear. How? From her early days Katie literally never works alone. She always has at least one producer. Get support.
😳There will always be naysayers! People won’t believe in you or your work. Those people are not your customers. And as Brené Brown has taught us, they are not in the arena. Katie faces down blatant misogyny and unfair treatment at multiple workplaces. She does this on very public stages, yet she keeps going. Her formula? Recruit supportive, smart and honest team members who believe in her and her work. Listen to those people. Evolve. She gets a few stings, but It always works out. Don’t get caught up in those who (you think) don’t believe in you. Be brazen.
🤓You will learn! It’s easy to think that someone as successful as Katie popped onto the scene fully formed with her megawatt smile. After squeaking horribly through her first live stand up (in front of the White House!), she was told she’d never go on the air again. She hired a voice coach, she practiced and practiced. Soon, she got better. It is not easy to practice out loud in public, but it builds….yeah, you know it--confidence!
🤩Sometimes risks pays off. Hugely! After meeting her future husband at a party, she waited the appropriate number of days for him to call, as was the custom. He didn’t. So, she called. “I was going to call you,” he said. “You didn’t,” she said. “I guess I didn’t have to,” he said confidently. Touché.
🏄♀️You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take! Who said this? It’s credited to both Wayne Gretzky and Michael Scott. I’m going with Wayne. What’s a killer dream you want to make into reality? Go big on this! Look at manifestation teachers. The curriculum is surprisingly simple.
Create the vision. Shut out the negatives, eyes on the prize. Get calm.
If confidence was sold, we’d be buying it like crazy. But in the ‘earth is a school’ world, it’s created.
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