You are standing in front of a person and you are answering a question that you don’t really have a solid answer to. And you realise this. And you are still answering their question.
You do not know what you are talking about.
You do not understand who you are and where you are at.
Here is your permission to be a work in progress.
You must have been waiting for this permission because there’s really no reason to just go on responding to a person’s question when you have no clue what you’re talking about outside of fear of judgement.
Flip the situation: do you believe that the person standing in front of you has the perfect response for every question you have about their work or their life?
It’s easy to give in to the temptation to try to purvey perfection. But when we do this to each other, it’s not just ourselves we’re harming. We’re setting our social expectations so high that we’re just causing stress for others.
Let’s all give each other permission to be works in progress. The end result will, in all probability, be breathtaking – but we’ll need to put in the hours to get there.