My head is buzzing...
Early Saturday Morning at 2am (after hosting day 2 of Africa Leading Women Conference)... I sat down in my home office, mentally stewing in a "creative" pot of soup.
I haven't felt this way in a while. Positively LIT up. I knew most of it came from seeing the youths of my country, Nigeria, stand up for their rights. "A sudden glimmer of hope..." . Yesss... It rubbed off on me.
For 3 and half hours, I sat there in my pink throne, having a one-on-one conversation with myself. I talked to myself about the country's state of affairs. I talked about my detachment to some of the issues (many of which I had completely detached myself from reacting to).
I talked about my feelings and I moved on to talk to myself, about my company's vision, some projects I paused and my future goals.
I heard myself and NOW I'm connecting the dots.
I actually heard myself.
I spoke out loud, talking to myself for 3 and a half hours - "In conversation with me."
If you walked in on me, you'd think I'd gone mad. Seeing Alex openly talking to herself in what seems to be the best conversation I've had with ME in a long time.
All of a sudden...There is CLARITY.
3 and half hours of uninterrupted conversation. No phone ringing. Nobody walking into the office. No text message, social media notification or Ray coming to Mummy for one thing or the other. Just me...Thinking Out Loud (no interruption)...No pausing the weird convo, thoughts and ruminations to attend to a client's problem. None of that.
For the first time in a very long time. I listened to myself.
I listened to myself and I heard ME, loud and clear.
I heard what my soul needed to say to me. What my soul had been longing to say to me.
This is a game changer.
Don't just think and then suppress what you are feeling. Say it out. Hear your own voice. Speak to yourself. Sometimes you are not paying attention, but you should. Your soul wants to speak to you. - Alex Okoroji
You don't even need to have answers or solutions immediately. Just give yourself permission to speak uninterrupted.
Take a seat and LISTEN to your voice. Sometimes the voice inside your head is not as clear as when you speak out and project your inner thoughts to actual words. You are not crazy. You are just having a mature non-judgemental conversation with yourself. It is therapy. Talk Therapy!
Speak to yourself in an open, loving way. Be transparent and be vulnerable with yourself.
I had been operating on auto-pilot and completely ignoring me.
I promise you. That talk with me...just made me so darn happy.
I expressed some concerns.., and then I spoke back and reassured myself. I told myself the plan...I explained the process and stages to myself...and then I realised WE (Myself and I) have nothing to worry about. We are on course.
Expression creates Awareness. You need self-awareness.
- Alex Okoroji
Nobody knows you better than you know yourself. Nobody is going to be with you, live with you longer than you get to live with yourself.
Start the conversation with yourself. Explore your internal script. Be in touch with yourself. Challenge your fears, raise your self-awareness and build a friggin' "Presence of Mind".
To Your Greatness,
Stay Authentic & Keep Winning!