Session: Love, Lead and Be Yourself
When we hear people talk about love, how often do we think about our primary relationship, the one with ourselves and self compassionate about ourselves. Let us pause for a moment to reflect on : What does this even mean? When was the last time you looked into your inner self and said "I Love you"? Do you ever stop and think "Have you loved yourself enough?"
Sadly, for many of us, our default mode is being self - critical about ourselves, running below the surface of our own actions and interactions continuing to state— I could have done better, Am I there, I do not think I am ready. Research indicates that 50 percent of us aren’t self-compassionate; in fact, we’re very hard on ourselves.
People who are self-compassionate and make themselves as a priority tend to empower themself. . There is a famous quote:”“Self love breeds self confidence, self worth, self respect, self forgiveness. Do not underestimate its power”.
According to pioneering self-compassion researcher, Kristin Neff, although every one has different experiences but it has been proven that women have harder time than men when it comes to being self-compassionate.
It is hard but not impossible. We need to break that, Women need to harness this self -compassion , speak up and own their story without self-doubting themselves
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest things we will ever do” – Brene’ Brown
- Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest things we will ever do.
- Learn to forgive yourself without being too hard on self
- Being a Women is a symbol of power, one of the finest and the most beautiful creation without whom no creation is possible. Let that creation shine .
- Always remember: "I am working on myself, for myself, by myself and will be there for others”.
- We are a full circle. Within us is the power to create, nurture and transform with grit and compassion.
Monica Bajaj is an engineering leader with a wide variety of experience around building high performing globally distributed Engineering teams aligning with product delivery and customer satisfaction. Her prime focus has always been around developer productivity and enriched experience for customers. Monica is currently a Senior Director of Product & Engineering, Community at Workday. Prior to Workday, she worked at various Tech giants as Perforce , NetApp and Ultimate Software. She is also a Board member at WomenInLocalization, a global organization focused on Women mentorship and localization activities, heading their Technology and Compliance.
In 2020, she was featured as the Top 60 Women Engineering Leaders to watch by the Girl GeekX Community. She is also a featured mentor and a speaker on Plato and Everwise mentorship platforms.
Monica holds a CS undergrad from Indore and grad from IIT Mumbai in India. When she is not working, she is either gardening, hiking or mentoring.
She can be reached at: Twitter: @mbajaj9 ; LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/mobajaj/