Sometimes You Are Great – Celebrate That

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Sometimes you think you are a good at something and you are actually great! That is a thing  to celebrate and enjoy. When it happens, stand up tall and claim the confidence you deserve.

Sometimes, you just hit it out of the park and are great.

Over the weekend, I attended a conference with bloggers and business owners from all over the country. During one of the sessions, the speaker asked volunteers to share their elevathttp://janeanesworld.com/will-your-elevator-pitch-take-you-to-the-top/or pitches. I was the first volunteer and gave my elevator pitch. I said it loudly and with pride.

 

“Hello, I am Janeane Davis and I believe every working mom can succeed and be happy with the right encouragement, inspiration and motivation and that is why I created the blog Janeane’s World.”

 

 

The audience at the conference loved it. Members of the audience said it was good, that I should drop the mic and do a presentation on elevator pitches at the conference next year. In addition, no one else wanted to share their elevator pitch after hearing mine. They thought they couldn’t follow my opening. I called the experience a major personal win.

 

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I always thought my elevator pitch was good. Now I think it is great. I am now standing tall, proclaiming that greatness and enjoying it. There is something wonderful about being great in the eyes of your peers. All too often when a woman makes the discovery that she is great she reacts with self-deprecating humor, plays down her greatness  or points out her faults. All of these things are a mistake. All these things diminish you in the eyes of those who recognized you as great. This does not make you look likable or humble. What those things do is make you look as if you are undeserving of the title “great.” It gives the impression that perhaps people who thought you were great are mistaken and that instead, you are merely normal, average or unremarkable.

 

What to do when you discover you are great at something  – Accept it and Make Your Best Better

 

The next time someone tells you that you are great at something or that you are good at something, start with a simple response. “Thank you”  works quite well. When I get great compliments where I am told I did a  great job at something, the church girl in me comes out. I say something along the lines of  “Thank you for thinking I did a great job. I am blessed to be able to do things like that exceedingly well.” This answer shows  my appreciation for the compliment and shows my belief that all gifts come from above.

Don’t use my response. Instead, craft one of your own. First, say thank you. A compliment is a gift and when it is given you should say thank you and show some appreciation for the gift. Second, there doesn’t have to be a part two to your response.  “Thank you” is a phrase that can stand all on its own. If you choose to say something other than thank you, make sure it does not take away from the compliment or make the person who called you great doubt your greatness.

 

 

 When you are told you are great, enjoy the compliment, then work to make your best better. Keep in mind that you can always work to make your best better. No matter where or what you are great at, get more experience, more practice or more education so you can make your best better.

Today, I am enjoying the delicious moment of killing it the world of elevator pitching. Take time and find an area where you are great and enjoy the moment.

I Have to Talk Politics – It’s Killing Me

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I do not understand people who do not talk politics because politics is killing me and people like me. A few months ago, I wanted to share a blog article I wrote in a Facebook group. Two of the bloggers responded that they would not read or comment on the article because it touched on politics. I attempted to explain the article wasn’t political, it discussed business. They insisted that because it touched politics, they would not read it.

Politics are involved when police officers shoot unarmed black people.

Politics is all around us in one form or another. Whether you are talking about the Presidential election or what teachers will teach your kids at school, you are dealing with politics. Today news reports are full of a story about Terence Crutcher, a black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma who was killed by police on September 16, 2016. Once again the responses to the shooting are politically based. According to some sources, initial police reports claimed that Mr. Crutcher refused to obey commands to raise his hands. However, dash cam video shows a different story. The  video shows that Mr. Crutcher was taser and shot by police officers while his hands were raised and he was not reaching for anything

Here is a copy of the  video in case you have not seen it yet.

Some people say that we cannot believe the video and that we must wait for more reports, investigations and determinations to be made. Others say, an unarmed man, with his hands in the air was shot and killed by the police, nothing else needs to be said. Many black people living in the United States see this incident and the dozens like it that occur an all too frequent basis as political. We look at the rise of Donald Trump, the Republicans who support him and the White Supremacists who have rallied to his side and we see politics.

We see politics when police shoot unarmed black men and get ;paid time off from work. At every job I ever had, I was subject to being fired for being rude to custoomers – the people I was hired to serve. Time and time again, I look at the news and see police officers get paid time off killing the people they are hired to serve. There is something wrong with this situation. We must talk about politics because politics determines who our chiefs of police are. Politics determine who picks the district attorneys and judges who run the criminal justice system where the police go and are not charged or convicted for killing unarmed black people.

Recognize that ignoring politics is a luxury that many people do not have because it can kill us.

I am a black woman living in the United States. I am married to a black man and I have four black children. The police are killing black people and the political system in this country allows them to get away with it. I cannot ignore politics. I cannot afford to put my head in the sand and pretend these things aren’t happening or that they are not important because if I do, it could cost me my life. It could cost me the life of someone I love.

It must be nice to sit back and ignore politics. It must be nice to be able to ignore the horrific things that are going on in the world because they are political. I cannot bury my head in the sand and say, “It’s politics, I don’t talk about politics.” If I don’t talk politics and make changes at all levels of government, I cannot guarantee that my family and I will survive.

I understand it is hard to hear about the police shootings. I recognize that it is tiring to have debates about whether the police shootings of unarmed black people is justified. If you are a person who is tired of hearing about it and debating it so you don’t talk politics, stop. Stop and think about how hard it is for people to live it. I am living it. My husband is living it. My children are living it. We are tired too. We are tired of people claiming to be good people refusing to talk politics. We are tired of people who want to hear “the whole story” refusing to talk politics. We are tired of people claiming not to be racists, not to be bigots and not to be hate-filled doing nothing while people who look like me are killed.

This is the United States of America so you can ignore politics all you want. While you are ignoring everything, don’t forget that  ignoring politics is a luxury that many people do not have because it can kill us.