Signs We Don’t Read: HOV Lane

  1. Signs We Don’t Read: Business Hours
  2. Signs We Don’t Read: Falling Rocks
  3. Signs We Don’t Read: Sharp Turn Ahead
  4. Signs We Don’t Read: School Zone
  5. Signs We Don’t Read: HOV Lane
  6. Signs We Don’t Read: Maximum Load
  7. Signs We Don’t Read: Silence Please
  8. Signs We Don’t Read: Exit Only
  9. Signs We Don’t Read: No U Turn
  10. Signs We Don’t Read: Rest Area
  11. Signs We Don’t Read: Yield
  12. Signs We Don’t Read: Introduction

HOV symbol on busy highway

HOV – High Occupancy Vehicles.  To be in this lane, we must have at least one other person with us.  Only with a friend, relative or colleague can we speed by the scores of slow-moving vehicles, grinding their way through Houston gridlock.  As they weave in and out of lanes just to get a few yards ahead, we and our companions cruise by relaxed, engaging in conversation, listening to energizing music, pumped up for the day.

If we decide to go it alone, we’re just another frustrated driver stuck in traffic.

Too often we feel like we need to do it all, do it perfectly and do it ourselves.  I frequently meet women who feel overwhelmed because they believe that to get something done right, they have to do it themselves.  The reality is, that the further we go in our careers, we need more people around us, supporting us, helping achieve the joint mission. Leaders lead others…they don’t do it all themselves.

Here’s another reality: we have many common challenges and common experiences. Women in my workshops and group coaching sessions are often surprised and comforted to find out that other women share their experiences. We all lighten our burdens when we share them with others and seek counsel and support.

In challenging times, whether personal or professional, I struggled when I tried to go it alone.  When I sought the support and guidance of others, the fog cleared, the weight was lifted from my shoulders and I was able to move forward. Pride, embarrassment, stubbornness, independence, lack of perspective… any one of these can get in the way of simply asking for help.


Question for the Day (QOTD):  Is there a challenge you are facing for which you can seek support?

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Susan Hodge

Susan Hodge

Susan Hodge created Women Leading Together in order to provide one-on-one executive coaching, seminars, workshops, and coaching circles to help career women move forward to create fulfilling professional lives. Visit our website for upcoming programs, articles, and resources to advance your career.


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