Have you looked at you today?

August, a new kind of consulting company based out of Brooklyn, recently sponsored Abernathy after their President found out about our audience of smart black professionals at a conference in the Bay Area last September.

One of the reasons Mike was primed to allocate budget towards this, aside from my irrepressible charm and boyish good looks, is because they saw great results from their sponsorship of the Buzzfeed‘s Another Round podcast. Another Round is hosted by two black women named Heben and Tracy. They’re usually irreverent, sometimes profane, and always hilarious.

On Episode 74, the podcast begins with a clip by my friend Christina Coleman empowering a group of young girls with the following exercise:

I want you to look at the person next to you. I want you to say, “Look at you. Have you looked at you today? You poppin.” One more time, “Have. you. looked. at. you. to. day? You poppin.”

Aside from reliably evoking weepiness every time I play it back, this adorable clip is a reminder that the generous gift of affirming another soul needn’t follow any particular format, nor require an excuse.

I’ve found affirmations to be an indispensable tool in my journey towards abundance and reminding myself that I’m the kind of person who deserves—nay, demands—all the things I desire in life.

Many of us well know how important and touching tiny moments of care and love can be, and I’m happy to amplify this one in the hope that you’ll find it useful.

Because let’s be honest…you poppin.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.