What is it? It’s the ability to stand tall, declare your value and create irresistible offers. How do you get it? I believe at its core are the 3 Cs: confidence, commitment and charisma.
Confidence, as I see it, is the continuing belief in yourself and your abilities. As you evolve as a person, it is the appreciation and understanding that you will be okay even though the road ahead is unfamiliar. Harry Potter, for example, knew he had special talents. As they grew he slowly gained a greater sense of purpose. His challenge was not to let his own abilities overshadow his unknown mission. Are you confident in your innate, unknown magic?
Commitment is the ability to persevere, knowing that you will stumble. It is accepting your accomplishments, as well as your “failures.” Carrie Bradshaw in her designer Milano Blaniks, slipped, fell and at times was a complete mess in her quest for love. While she was seeking the affection of another, her struggles revealed an ever-evolving sense of self. Without the stumbles she may not have gained insight to her own power or inspired her readers to do the same. Can you commit to a journey that’s not always pretty?
Charisma, in my opinion, is how you show up authentically to others. Often, we confuse this with the ability to motivate. For example, in the movie Tootsie, Dorothy Michaels was the bold and courageous alter ego of a young actor who felt he had no voice. By pretending to be somebody else, he ultimately realized that he didn’t have to become anyone to be heard or understood. Likewise, there is no one way that any of us needs to act. Is your authentic self enough?
Each of these fictional characters reveals a real, human way of being. They also present irresistible offers or invitations. Harry challenged his classmates to discover their individual gifts. Carrie inspired her readers to persevere. Dorothy, AKA Tootsie, provoked those around her to look beyond the surface.
Can you relate? While you may not carry a wand, walk the streets of Manhattan or cross-dress, you may be called to create Powerful Presence. I know it’s true for me in almost all areas of my life: personally, professionally and publicly.
My invitation: Reflect. How does your confidence, commitment and charisma, or lack there of, work for you?
My request: Please share with others, either in your conversations or by posting on this page, how the 3 Cs have created powerful shifts in your life.
Let’s see if we can empower one another to stand tall, declare value and create irresistible offers. Together let’s create Powerful Presence.