I was dropping my daughter off for the day when another mom approached me and said, "Hey, I'm going to this big conference for women that Hillary Clinton is speaking at, and I saw you're speaking, too! That's so great!!"
And I found myself replying, "Well, I'm not really speaking, I'm moderating a panel."
"That's amazing!" she said. "I'm sure you'll get a lot of exposure for your business!"
"They're planning to send some of my information to their email list, so who knows," I said, "maybe I'll get something from that."
She again replied with total enthusiasm while I continued to rebut everything nice or positive that came out of her mouth.
Afterwards, as I was driving home, I realized I had just done what my friend Kristen Wheeler describes as "not owning your awesomeness." I'd just been asked how my awesomeness was going, and I basically told her "Oh, I'm really not that awesome."
I felt inspired to share this with you so that the next time someone approaches you in a positive, enthusiastic way and asks how things are going, you can follow these five steps to start owning your awesomeness!
1. Notice that you are denying your awesomeness when you: