Guest contributed by Diana Faison
Do me a favor? Close your eyes and visualize achieving everything you want for yourself professionally. Two conditions are you cannot remain in your current position and no matter what you choose to do, you cannot fail. Allow your mind to imagine two or three possible paths—think big and aim high!
What are you doing? Why can’t you be doing it now? Many of us admire big thinkers and high achievers but we seldom see ourselves in that role. Why is that?
The answer is limiting beliefs—those thoughts that keep you from doing what you dream.
Limiting beliefs in women stem from multiple sources. One are outdated gender stereotypes that box us into traditional gender roles “Women are not supposed to be ambitious.” “Women should be nurturers, not leaders.” They also originate in the dark place within ourselves where self-doubt and denial reside. This is often referred to as the “impostor syndrome”
Many women want to stay comfortable in their current state rather than challenge themselves to achieve everything they are capable of. How can these women leaders be helped to recognize and replace these limiting beliefs with positive messages. The truth is we can ALL learn to funnel our energy in a positive direction. All of us can take steps RIGHT NOW to change our limiting beliefs.
Dream bigger and aim higher. We often are mired in our perception of reality and focus on what we cannot do. If you cannot see it, you will never become it. Go tell someone your secret career dream, and remember play big, aim high.
Take a chance on you.Explore outside your comfort zone. Maybe that means accepting that stretch assignment opportunity or better yet go and ask for that stretch assignment!
Ask yourself: ‘What gives my life meaning and a sense of purpose?’Then, ask yourself: ‘What am I doing to address that purpose?’ If you struggle to answer either question, it’s time to go and find that life meaning and sense of purpose.
Create meaningful relationships. Research supports the idea that women are over mentored and under sponsored. Create meaningful relationships by nurturing connections with men or women you admire and respect or with whom you want to work. Reciprocate and offer your help. Eventually, one or more of these people will become a sponsor for you and can open doors and opportunities.
Act with courage!Just say yes. Trust yourself to know that you’ll figure out You are smart. You are capable. Take a leap of faith and take a chance on you.
By challenging ourselves to dream bigger and aim higher, we become better, stronger, female leaders. So, ditch those limiting beliefs and go get ’em!
Diana Faison is co-author of newly-released The Influence Effect: a new path to power for women leaders and partner at leadership firm, Flynn Heath Holt.
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