Live Life to the Fullest 

Author:  Shelly Elsliger

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We all have superpowers but they are often concealed and hid​den from the world because of our inability to see that we are worthy enough to have them. Many of us have held ourselves back because we have allowed ourselves to fall deeply into a big well of unworthiness; a well that no superwoman would ever jump into. 


For so long, I allowed the “not good enough!” syndrome to weigh heavily on my shoulders. I knew deep inside I was meant to change lives and empower others, but couldn’t do this without first freeing myself. 


In 2010 ​I was​ ​introduced​ ​to the Japanese word Ikigai​, which means​ a reason to get up, show up, and live life to its fullest!​ I ​loved the idea ​but​ ​thought only thin happy people had one of those! 


As a passionate ​LinkedIn Trainer,​ ​I decided to use this ​online tool to do what I felt it was ​meant to do: empower​ ​wom​en​, build confidence, and revolutionize the way ​women would brand ​their amazing stories online. 

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But first I had to write and believe​ ​in my own story! I simply didn’t think it was good enough. I even used the thinning feature on my profile picture since I believed no one would take me seriously as I was! 


Somehow, I mustered up the strength and courage to “boldly go where no woman had gone before!” I ​became a leader online​,​ push​ed​ through ​any nay​-​saying​ and ​self-defeating thoughts,​ ​and ​literally put on my cape every day! 


People were listening and looking to me for advice. I was​ ​continuously​ ​being booked for coaching sessions and online courses as far away as India. I won the “Global Goodwill Ambassador” award and was recognized as a Woman of Achievement. But I avoided taking my voice, and superpowers, offline. ​I opted to restrict my superpowers​ out out of pure fear and tons of self-doubt!​ 

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However, superpowers were not meant to be restricted. As more speaking engagements came my way, I said, YES, courageously fighting my fears and determined to find my Ikigai. My “LinkedIn in High Heels” talk​ ​became​ ​a hit. I was creating “aha” moments and making a difference in so many lives! My online voice had given me my offline voice. I found my Ikigai!  


We all have a story to share, superpowers to change the world, and an Ikigai that is meant to be lived to its fullest regardless of our size and shape. 


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Author Credits:


Twitter: @ElsligerS 


Photography Credits: Youssef Abdelmalek, Ymaphotography 

Hair Credits: Hive + Hawk 

Make Up Credits: Satisfaction Spa and Skin Therapy 

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