Today, our CEO, Michael Hyatt, blogged about an author we publish in the Fiction division (Ted Dekker and his new book, Green) . One of the sections of the post was about the marketing done for the book. As I read through his post, I saw this line “…and his intrepid marketing director, Jennifer Deshler“. Though I know what it means, “intrepid” is not a word that pops up in my vocabulary often enough so I decided to hit the dictionary and brush up on the full definition.
- Main Entry: in·trep·id
- Pronunciation: \in-ˈtre-pəd\
- Function: adjective
- Etymology: Latin intrepidus, from in- + trepidus alarmed
- Date: 1680
: characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance <an intrepid explorer>
Me + Intrepid? Resolute Fearlessness? That’s the woman I want to be every day when I wake up, but rarely feel I’ve shown the world when I lay down to sleep at night. It was such an empowering moment.
Why are we so held back by our own limited image of who we are and how the world sees us? And how do we begin to see ourselves as others do?
Since I am constantly challenged here, I’m speaking to myself when I make these assumptions about how we can change our perceptions of who we are:
- Ask our friends, coworkers, and family for transparency-When they have good feedback, we need to know it to help transform our internal images. And when it’s a critique, we really need to hear it. Who wants to walk around making the same mistakes over and over?
- Be willing to step out of our comfort zones-When I’m not at work, I’m pretty gutsy. There’s not much from an adventurous standpoint I won’t do; especially on a dare. But at work, part of me wants to stay in the pack so I don’t ruffle feathers, while the other part of me feels driven to stand out from the crowd and make my own way, mistakes and all.
- Learn to love who we are-Boy, this is a biggie. I can rattle off a list of my faults far easier than I can list my unique talents and abilities. Often, the thing that keeps me grounded is remembering that we were made in the image of God and trusting that He has a divine plan for each of us and knew this would be one of our hurdles.
- Face the fear of failure-One of the most freeing moments of my adult life was while sitting in a meeting with a group of leaders hearing that every person in that room struggled with a fear of failure. I had thought for so many years that I was alone in this battle. And it seems that sometimes the best thing that can happen is for us to royally screw up so we learn a new pattern of behavior.
Does this boil down to an easy fix? If yes, what would you say is the one thing helps the most?
We all know people who exude self-assurance. Because they know inside themselves that they are smart/talented/tenacious, they are seen by others that way. I’m working to get there…without trepidation.