More women are owning their own businesses. Between 1997 and 2014, the total number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased by 68 percent. As a woman-owned business, we love this statistic.
But…as women, we nurture, multi-task and often take responsibility for things that are not ours. From talking with women leaders, I am convinced we are paying the price for trying to be all things to all people in our lives. As a result, we experience greater feelings of work-life balance conflict, along with more depression, anxiety, negative emotions, and negative self-talk than men.
How cool would it be if women set their own agenda for their future and had other smart, amazing, successful women to support them along the way?
Here are 3 ways women can empower themselves to be strong leaders:
1. Accept That Balance Is Bull$#%!
With all the discussion about how to achieve work-life balance, we have overlooked a big problem with this idea: our lives are not supposed to be balanced with equal time for everything. Resilience Expert, Anne Grady, says that defining your priorities starts with believing you are worth the balance. One of the hardest things for women, whether they are corporate leaders or moms, is to set aside time to care for themselves. We have become great at prioritizing our schedules, but we are not so good at scheduling our priorities. Instead of stressing yourself out trying to achieve the elusive idea of balance, try identifying your top three to five priorities and spend 80 percent of your time on them without apologizing for it. Know your worth and make sure the women in your workplace know theirs. Be brave, and ask for what you deserve, future generations of working women will thank you.
#2 – Follow What Turns You On
The number one piece of advice Entrepreneur and Founder of Poo~Pourri, Suzy Batiz, gives people is “Follow what turns you on.” It sounds so simple, but she believes it’s the key to unlocking a life more magical than you ever dreamed.When we find ourselves feeling lost or directionless in life, we often look externally to find answers and discover what path we’re supposed to be on. We read self-help books, we take classes, we try out different careers in an attempt to find the one that “clicks” and helps us feel fulfilled. But looking to the external for validation or happiness will never truly satisfy us; we should actually be looking within. You already have everything you need to create the life of your dreams — you simply need to look within and remove any blocks or made-up stories (“I can’t be successful,” “I’m a failure”) you’re holding onto that are holding you back.⠀
#3 – Focus on Energy Management vs. Time Management
Time spent working should be valued on quality over quantity. Beautiful Money Author, Holistic Wealth Advocate, and Mom of 4, Leanne Jacobs, believes that the new era of leadership is foundation-strong, and that means we have to be strong, and for that, energy has to be high. When we’re not taking care of ourselves, we tend to have higher potential to be triggered emotionally and act in an unhealthy way when it comes to our money. From a leadership perspective, you have to be able to hold space for success. There is a responsibility to take care of ourselves and set boundaries around time so we don’t burn out.
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