We spent some time with Leigh-Ann hearing her growth story and the impact that Mygrow has had on her life. The following is what she had to say, shared with her permission.
I started Mygrow in February. Our new HR manager believed that Mygrow works in developing soft skills and spoke to us about soft skills being the hardest to develop.
The first technique in Mygrow Bootcamp is called Three Good Things. There was a lot of discomfort in doing this technique and I was battling to come up with anything good that was directly related to my life. This was the beginning of me starting to realize that things were not okay in my life or at least that I was not okay.
Growing in self-awareness
A lot had happened that I had never processed, the death of my dad, my mom being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three months later, I was going through life not processing and not realizing that I was not okay and that I needed help. In this, I continually put myself and my needs last and based how I was doing on how those around me were doing. This played out in my family life and at home.
I have since then gone on a journey of processing my life with external help and also going on the Mygrow journey of development. The change has been felt in many areas of my life for the better. I believe that EQ development impacts every area of your life.
“There has been a change in how I receive criticism. Before it felt very personal because it felt like I had to have it all together I battled to delegate and ask for help in general, both at work and at home. Since my journey of investing in myself and my growth I have come to believe that it’s okay to have flaws and to ask for help, I even delegate at work when need be and I lean on my husband. We operate well as a team.”
Ability to receive constructive criticism
There has been a change in how I receive criticism. Before it felt very personal and because I needed to feel like I have got it all together I battled to delegate and ask for help in general, both at work and at home, I would feel like I needed to do everything on my own. When I was in this place and criticism came, it felt very personal. But since my journey of investing in myself and my growth I have come to believe that it’s okay to have flaws and to ask for help, I even delegate at work when need be and I lean on my husband. We operate well as a team.
Confidence and assertiveness
Somewhere along the way I had come to believe that assertiveness was a weakness, this was most likely a subconscious belief. I am starting to embrace my assertiveness again but also finding a balance between assertiveness and being vulnerable. I am starting to enjoy asking for help. All of this is leading to greater confidence in general in life, in work and at home, and also just in myself. I love doing the affirmation technique with my son because it has made a huge impact on me and I want him to grow up to be confident!
Being in a healthy space and investing in my own well-being has impacted me in many areas of my life. It has impacted my work relationships, the way I function and delegate, my relationship with my husband, and even as a parent. I am more positive and am learning to take each day as it comes!