Women have been making substantial progress year-after-year. Women that do not progress are women who say “I can’t”. In our own minds, we can not set limits on our achievements. Women who move ahead and grow know no limits. The sky is the limit!
By constantly setting new goals, no matter how small each individual one may be, you will constantly empower yourself to accomplish even more. Success doesn’t just happen. You create it. Every single baby step adds up to one giant step in the long run.
I believe there are two “keys” to success. The first being education. The more you learn, the more you put the pieces of life and the world together; and therefore, the more you grow. It should be exciting to all of us to think that each year we are smarter than the last. And key to success number two? Find, keep, and grow within a self-satisfying job/career. It is so important to love the work you do and to truly share your own gifts in doing it. Go above and beyond the call of duty when necessary. At the same time, recognize those times that it is not necessary and speak up for yourself when you need to do so. There is a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive. We must walk that line every day. In most situations, I think you gain respect for speaking up and offering another possible solution or showing your superiors that your schedule is just as critical as theirs.
Is it ever okay to complain? No. Just never allow yourself to be in an environment where you feel stepped on or taken advantage of. If you consistently air your ideas, after carefully thinking them through ahead of time, it lowers the stress factor of your job. Starting statements with “I feel like” is usually non-offensive. You feel a personal satisfaction knowing someone respects your opinion or at least considers it. No one can respect your opinion unless you give them one. When people are consistently not receptive or demeaning to you about your opinions or goals, it is time to re-evaluate your situation. See if there are things you can do to change it. Take an honest look at yourself. Robert Frost said, “The best way out is through.” We need to meet challenges and not avoid them. Whether it is in your business or personal life, keep asking yourself “What do I need to do next to accomplish [INSERT YOUR GOAL HERE]?” Similarly, when you are confronted with a challenge, control your attitude. Remain calm and positive. Complaining is a waste of time and makes you look bad. Think about a plan for action. You have a role in every situation. Figure out what that is. Worry about yourself and not other people.
Don’t compare yourself to others, judge yourself, or judge others. When we supervise people, we need to be in tune to the need for positive communication experiences. We also need to remember the way we work toward our goals and try to enable our subordinates to grow too with every available opportunity. People, jobs, education, society . . . they are all what we make them. So when you ask yourself, “How much good can one person really do?” The answer is A LOT. One woman can touch thousands of people’s lives in her lifetime in her very own special way. Millions of women put together can touch billions of people’s lives in millions of different ways. Doesn’t that sound like sweet success!
Never be afraid of going out and grabbing what is yours. Don’t be lazy, but don’t run yourself ragged either. Run a steady pace. Try to find a happy medium. Be sure and progress, but go easy on yourself. If you fail, learn from the experience. Feel good about knowing exactly how to handle that type of situation in the future. It’s all part of learning and growing. We all have so much potential for success and happiness inside us. Potential is a terrible thing to waste. So, what is our mantra ladies? It’s time to move ahead and grow!