As professional women, the days go by quickly. Before you know it, you're making plans and resolutions for next year instead of celebrating the year that was. But while it's good to reflect on our experiences and celebrate past wins, it's important to recognize how we can make each day count going forward.
Go for it – professional women making it work.
To become bold, we must first of all avoid dwelling on every little thing that could loom in our life and learn to take everything more lightly which, As a professional woman, you may face challenges that your male counterparts don't experience. It's important to be aware of these and work through them so you can keep your career moving forward. Going for what you want is never a bad thing.
Here are some tips for getting ahead in business as a woman:
- Take charge of your career advancement; don't let anyone else do it for you. If there's something about your role that needs changing or improving, speak up! Don't wait around for someone else to bring it up—do the hard work yourself.
- Be assertive when communicating with others, especially those who are more senior than you in the workplace hierarchy. You don't need to be aggressive or rude; simply state what it is that needs to be discussed and ask questions if necessary (e.g., "Would Tuesday afternoon work best?"). Then listen carefully and respond appropriately based on their feedback without overreacting emotionally or getting defensive; this will help build trust between colleagues and makes collaboration easier later down the road.
- Be mindful of your language when speaking to others; especially those in need of support and encouragement.
- Speak positively, not negatively. Focus on what can be done (and what has been done), rather than what can't be done or has already been attempted and failed.
- Speak with compassion and kindness - not anger, blame, or judgment – a little bit goes a long way here!
Self-care is not only important, it is imperative.
Self-care is not just about taking a bath and having a glass of wine. It’s about making sure you are healthy and happy. It's about making sure you have time to relax. In order to do this, we need to make time in our lives for self-care activities. This can be as simple as treating yourself to a slice of cake after dinner, or a full week of spa activities with your friends. More importantly, self-care is just being kind to yourself on a daily basis. A lot of that is your inner dialogue.
We are all busy people who run from one thing to the next with little time for ourselves. There's no doubt that most of us would benefit from being better at self-care; however, we need to take action on making it happen! Be kind to yourself just as much as others.
Don't be afraid to say "No."
In the words of Maya Angelou, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” This is especially true when it comes to saying no. You’ll be surprised at how many opportunities will open up for you when you do this!
By saying no, you are freeing up your time and energy for the things that matter most to you. You will feel better about yourself knowing that you are prioritizing important tasks over trivial requests from others. You can think about this as part of your self-care.
When someone asks for a favor, you can always say yes later if it's more convenient at some point in time...but first, you must have the courage and strength to say "no" now in order to focus on what truly matters most!
Be grateful for the little things.
Whether it's a favorite meal, a warm bed, or a sunny day, be thankful for all the simple pleasures in your life. You're likely surrounded by other people who have similar blessings that don't occur to you on a daily basis.
- Be grateful for your family and friends—even if they live far away from you or don't see each other as often as they'd like to.
- Be grateful for your health and the ability to work so that you can provide for yourself and others.
- Be grateful for your weaknesses as well as your strengths; the former helps you recognize your limitations and gives you a chance to improve in areas that are necessary.
- Waste no time in negativity.
Don't let negative thoughts take over.
When things are going well, it's natural to look ahead and envision what's possible in the future. That's great! But when you're feeling down or frustrated, it's important to remember that your current situation has nothing to do with who you are as a person. Negative thoughts will come up and try to convince you otherwise—that no one loves you or cares about what happens in your life because they can see how flawed, imperfect, or inferior you are. But the more important question is: Are those voices true all of the time? And if so, why would anyone bother spending their time around someone like that? The answer is simple: They won't! So don't waste another minute letting negativity consume all of your energy when there are better things waiting just around the corner.
Don't let negative people take precedence in your life.
Some people enjoy bringing others down with them – as if misery loves company – but this is a trap that can easily lead us away from achieving our goals for success in any area of our lives. If there comes a point where someone is constantly putting forth ideas and opinions that seem self-serving instead of helpful (or even destructive), don't hesitate to disengage from them completely; after all, they aren't worth having around anyway!
You only get so many days, make sure you make each day count!
The only thing you should strive to be is the best version of yourself. It’s important to remember that every day is a chance to make a difference in your life. You don’t want to waste those days on negativity, so be sure you’re taking care of yourself and doing things that make you happy. Don’t let anyone tell you what happiness should look like; if it makes sense for you, then go for it!