5 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Spring is coming and “the great snowy meltdown” has begun. Spring is great because it means new life and new beginnings.

But before going forward, it’s nice to look back – to those long winter nights of marathon movie watching and comfort foods – and further back to the days where we were just starting out before we had careers, spouses and kids.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go back and impart some wisdom on that 20-something version of yourself? Maybe prevent a mistake (or 20) and highlight what really matters?

So – what exactly would I say to that young, quirky, overachieving girl, you ask?

Here are 5 things that I wish I could tell my younger self:

  1. Trust yourself & speak up. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, even when you know your opinion isn’t going to be popular. If you don’t, you’re going to spend a lot of time and effort going with the flow (which makes life easy now) only to realize you don’t like where you’ve ended up (which makes life hard later).
  2. Forget about being perfect. Accept yourself as you are. I know you want everyone’s approval, Heather, but stop trying to be perfect.  Stop trying to get an A+ in everything because not only is it exhausting but it’s also unnecessary.  So chill out and love yourself as you are.
  3. You are not the only person in the world who feels this way. No really – no matter what ‘this way’ is, guaranteed someone else is in that same place too. Reach out for that support. It’s there if you look for it.
  4. Get out there and discover more of the world!  Dump that steady boyfriend (yes, on this point Mom & Dad are right), travel, try new things and don’t let fear hold you back. It’s a whole lot easier to explore the world’s infinite possibilities when you’re still young and single. When it comes down to it, you’ll regret the things you haven’t done more than the things you have.
  5. Work hard to figure out that perfect career for YOU. Not for your family, not for your friends, not for who you think you should be. For YOU! You’re going to spend the majority of your time at work so it’d better be something that excites you and makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning (‘cause we both know you have trouble with that).

Now it’s your turn! What would you say to your younger self? Share your thoughts below.

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Heather Petherick is a master success coach for high potential business leaders, having established her private coaching practice in 2007. Since then, she’s coached hundreds of emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around the globe to overcome the mindset traps that keep them playing small so that they can realize their potential and create the impact they’re meant for. Her areas of speciality are: • Mindset • Confidence • Communication • Speed of Implementation Her clients include corporate rising stars at WestJet, Agrium, Suncor Energy, Manulife Bank, TD, Royal Bank of Canada, KMPG and PepsiCo International as well as big-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world. She has been featured as a career and success expert with Women Engineering The Future, The Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Living Magazine and Chatelaine magazine. Heather’s journey from growing up on a humble sheep farm on the prairies of western Canada to building a global coaching business have lent to her signature coaching style that combines both wit and humility, style and business savvy. She holds a Master’s degree in Management and lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband and two children.

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