How are you holding yourself back?
It matters, when you are holding yourself back from your own aspirations.
When I consider this topic for myself, I have been focusing on the question: where do I belong?
I find that I must first believe that I belong, or I will not allow others to believe with me. The bold belief that we can be more than we are today — that is the trick. This is what mentors and sponsors help us see… ourselves as belonging in contexts we did not before.
For those fortunate enough to have a sponsor do that for you, consider yourself blessed. For those of us who have to work this out on our own, know this — you have everything you need to make this happen.
You are smart, you are willing to work hard, you have built a team to support you and you are working out your own personal career strategy.
I encourage you to give yourself permission to belong where you did not before, and help others imagine you in the role* that you now belong. You will be amazed how far you can go when you quit holding yourself back.
*OMG are those cute kids or what?