Today, when I was out taking my morning walk, my mind wandered to a Women’s Business luncheon I recently attended where I overheard someone giving another businesswoman advice about a subject she was obviously not qualified to give. The advice she was sharing was actually scary. I thought, “Geez, I sure hope this woman doesn’t do what she’s being advised to do.”
I then thought, while I really wanted to, it was not my place to save either of these women but I wanted to make sure I share some very important information I learned from my own experiences, with the businesswomen I can and do support.
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When I think back to ALL the BIG leaps in success & income I’ve had over the years, I realize that a combination of two important things were present:
Did you know that only 2% of women entrepreneurs break the million-dollar mark?
When you think about the work you put in, that’s a hard pill to swallow. So, why the big gap between our efforts and earnings?
I believe what stops women from breaking their income ceiling is not a lack of drive or determination.
What stops you is letting the same old systems and routines RUN you and your business, which keeps you satisfactorily underperforming, year after year.
Deep down you know that what got you here today is not all you need to accomplish your bigger vision.
When everything feels urgent, everything seems equal. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being “busy” doesn’t necessarily move you closer to reaching your goals. Successful business owners understand you have to work from a clear sense of priority.
The long to-do list can actually lead you away from your goal – not closer to it. Instead of a to-do list, I invite you to start thinking about a success list. A success list is one that purposefully and mindfully has action items and tasks that are created around ONE big goal you envision for the year. Your success list should be short and sweet with items that take you closer to your goal.
Yesterday, I decided to take myself out to lunch to one of my favorite local sushi restaurants. The tables at this eatery are quite close together so it’s easy (if sometimes uncomfortable) to overhear what your neighbor at the next table is discussing. I happened to sit down next to two men who were deep in conversation. As I sat there minding my own business, trying to focus on the NY Times, I couldn’t help but catch some of the conversation these two men were having. It goes something like this: “You know I just want to get my idea out there. I know it can be successful and yet there’s always that possibility that it will fall flat.” (Sound familiar?) The response from his dining companion? “I know.” By the way, this was his dining companion’s response the entire lunch. He could of actually had lunch alone and placed a tape recorder on the other side of the table that just repeated the words, “I know”, throughout the meal : -(.
The guy kept talking (basically to himself) for the next 30 minutes and at one point convinced himself that he didn’t actually care about THAT much success. He only wanted to have a “little success” (Sound familiar?). To which his friend replied, “I know.”
This morning as I was out walking our new Australian Mini-Labradoodle puppy, Honey, in the light drizzle, I was struck by the similarities of owning a dog and running a business. I was dragging my feet on walking Honey. I’m tired and my hubby is out of town which means I’m 100% in charge of everything. With two teenagers, a thriving business and a new puppy thrown into the mix (yawn), there are days when I wake up wondering where I’ll find the energy to get it all done. Sound familiar?
Watching the light drizzle and gazing at the gray skies outside, all I really wanted to do after carpool was crawl into bed and take a nap. But I didn’t.
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If you look closely at what’s happening in the Western world–in politics and gender identity movements, and at work—you may notice that women are receiving more recognition for the unique qualities we bring to the table. Is there a lot more work to do? YES! But it’s time to cheer for all that we’re seeing right now.
Today, I want to dig into these feminine qualities—or Feminine Energies.
In my years as a business strategist to women entrepreneurs, I have found there are 7 Feminine Energies that we weave into our professional lives.
You may not be in touch with every single one of these energies. They will ebb and flow, depending on your past experiences, your current needs and priorities.
So, how do you know which ones you need to bring into your life?