“The mind is like a dangerous neighborhood. You should never go there alone,” shared Kate Berardo as she quoted one of her favorite authors, Anne Lamott.

Too often we go on journeys of self doubt and worst case scenarios in our minds that never come to fruition. They do, however, hold us back from being our best selves thus halting our ability to champion for others. As Tarana Burke shared in her Ted Talk, “Trauma halts possibility. Movement creates possibility.” The impact of physical and emotional trauma  on society is significant. As such the impact of allowing the mind to travel unchecked can lead to the halting of possibility as well.

Travel with caution as you let your mind journey. Do not allow your mind to lead to unnecessary trauma. Do not allow it to halt possibility.

Share the journey of possibility, of doubt, of fear, of exploration and action with a trusted champion. Take a hold of what is possible. As you feed your own soul, you will find the space that allows you to champion others and nourish their souls as well.

Sometimes our fiercest champions say nothing. They are just there for us. -Kate Berardo.

Kate Berardo is an accomplished professional woman and Head of Leadership Development at Facebook. She shared her expertise at the “How to Champion for Others” workshop at TedWomen 2018.

 

Posted by pgilders

Superintendent San Antonio Union Elementary School District, CA

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