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3 powerful ways I stepped up as a leader.


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou


Adoption marked my beginnings,

bringing forth a quilt of challenges.


On the surface layer,

I wove fairy tales about my origins, a shield from curious inquiries.


🐉 Among those tales, dragons soared, representing the fierce protectiveness I felt over my hidden truths.


Beneath that,

another layer of deception took shape.


In my adopted home,

driven by the fear of severe consequences and intensified by deep-rooted attachment issues,

I became a master of disguise.


I'd hide my actions,

emotions,

and needs,

bending to others' whims to feel accepted and loved.


As the chapters of my life unfolded, so did the process of unraveling:


💚 At 16:


A moment of clarity dawned.


I was tired of living behind the facade of fictional origins.


Embracing the truth about my adoption became the first step in my journey of self-discovery.


💚 In my twenties/early thirties:


This was a period of introspection and self-confrontation.


While I had faced the truth of my origins, fears from my upbringing still influenced me.


Slowly,

with conscious effort,

I began dismantling the defensive barriers built from years of self-preservation.


💚 By my late thirties:


The most profound and intimate layer emerged.


Here,

I started acknowledging the full spectrum of my emotions,

understanding the root of my attachment issues,

and began voicing my genuine desires.


It was about embracing vulnerability, unearthing my true self beneath years of suppression.


🐲 Today,

as a leadership coach,

I'm a testament to the transformative journey from layered deceptions to core authenticity.


🔥🔥🔥 Every layer shed was a step towards profound personal growth.


What did you need to shed in your personal growth journey?


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