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By Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP, CITM
With so many opportunities open to women of all stripes, it’s so important to take an assessment of where you are in life and exactly where you are headed. It doesn't matter how old you are or where you’ve come from. I should know because I continue to embrace my opportunities since passing my 21st birthday more than four decades ago! Opportunities abound if you look for them!
Opportunities are on your job when a project faces difficulties, and you step in to save it. They pop up when your last business customer says, "no," but a call comes in from an interesting prospect. Opportunities come when you are facing a financial firing squad just when a kernel of an idea generates that can be immediately get monetized.
What are the key ingredients to making headway when the pressure is on? You must…
Claim The Victory.
And most importantly use my motto I established many years ago:
“Empowerment begins when you believe in yourself.”
You must STAND UP and take ownership in your belief that YOU can get the job done. Stop putting all of your faith in other people at your own expense. Women are notorious for creating a list of self-doubts that strip away from our sense of personal integrity and credibility. It’s not confusing confidence with conceit. It recognizes that your resourcefulness and ingenuity can solve complex problems that require our patience and determination to get the job done. This applies to a stay-at-home mother juggling household finances, a couple of kids, a spouse and a leaky faucet. It also applies to that faithful employee who has already been passed over for a job promotion but still believes in her heart of hearts that she has leadership potential. And it applies to that dogged entrepreneur who could paper her walls with rejections but sees greater success just over the horizon.
TAKE CHARGE when you see a gap in leadership. It could be a small group discussion with no clear facilitator until you speak up and lead the group. Leadership can be scary because the blame for failure can rest on your shoulders. However, when you believe in yourself and your abilities to get the job done, the joys of victory can make you a “shero.” Take charge of your responsibilities when others are depending on you to guide them to a better future. Take charge when others don’t have the right perspective on handling a difficult assignment. Take charge even when the little voice of protection in your mind tells you that you don’t have enough stamina, intelligence, courage, confidence or charisma to get the job done. Take charge when others are too fearful to put their reputation on the line. Take charge when that idea keeps churning over and over again in her head to the point that you have to step forward to implement its rightful course of action.
CLAIM THE VICTORY even before you’ve reached the finish line! That’s what top athletes do. They visualize that victory, plant the concept in their mind and base their training sessions all on a WINNING attitude. I have used this technique, visualizing where I am headed before all the money is in the bank or I’m even considered for a highly profitable contract. You have to SEE yourself achieving a goal well before it actually happens. No second guessing or talking yourself out of it. And you don’t need 15 different opinions from people who might not have the deep compassion and commitment that you can muster up.
In other words through difficulties, setbacks, personal surprises, or times of great opportunity, you must Stand Up, Take Charge and Claim The Victory.
Follow your gut, believe in yourself and become the consistent women of action you were meant to be.
-Carole Copeland Thomas
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