HOW DO AFRICAN WOMEN ENGAGE THE WORLD AND CREATE A NEW PARADIGM? – DON’T DISQUALIFY YOURSELF WITHOUT EVEN TRYING
As African women, we need to stop disqualifying ourselves, whether because of fear, or just because we do not think we are good enough. Many times we are afraid to put ourselves out there, afraid to be heard saying something wrong or we think there are too many people trying out for something so there is no hope for us. We look at things happening around us and think that we could never be good enough to compete, or try out at the level of, not just the men out there, but the amazing women as well.
As a Jesus girl, I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and I know other Jesus-girls know this too, but are we living it? At my church, we have been learning about speaking out and stepping out. For me, this means to speak out God’s word and declare what I want, and then stepping out and letting God lead me.
But there is also a trend in the world of positive affirmations, so right now, everyone can speak out to themselves and step out to do what they want to do.
It can also apply to you speaking out what you believe as an African woman, and stepping out to reach out for all those opportunities you are afraid to reach for, or maybe have disqualified yourself from even trying.
Yes, I know that not every opportunity out there is for us, we need to have the wisdom and the knowledge to know what we can try for and what we shouldn’t try for. However, really look at some of the decisions you are making and figure out why you are making them. If you genuinely do not qualify for something or are not interested in something, then that’s okay. If you genuinely have nothing to say about a certain topic, that’s okay too, but make sure you are not just disqualifying yourself because of fear or what you think about your chances.
And maybe this time around you are not good enough, but you when try, you might just learn something and be ready for the next time.
Have courage, speak out, and step out.
Don’t be the reason you didn’t get your chance.