Are You Empowered At Work 12 Strategies To Gain Rock Solid Strength And
Confidence

Are You Empowered At Work 12 Strategies To Gain Rock Solid Strength And Confidence



“Professional women have made tremendous strides in​ terms of​ drawing on our strengths, abilities, and​ confidence in​ the​ workplace in​ recent years, but it’s clear that we have a​ long way to​ go before we are using our female power with self-assurance and​ ease,” says Kathy Caprino, MA, personal and​ professional coach, psychotherapist, and​ researcher of​ midlife professional women in​ transition.

Based on her national in-depth research study Women Overcoming Crisis: Finding New Meaning in​ Life and​ Work and​ work with hundreds of​ professional women each year, Caprino is​ finding that even high-level, high-achieving professional women report battling insecurity and​ discomfort in​ using their voices to​ lead powerfully and​ say “no” or​ “yes” when necessary. Many professional women do not serve as​ their own advocate, nor do they experience feeling supported or​ mentored by other colleagues in​ the​ workplace. They also reveal a​ reluctance to​ embrace new opportunities that may lead to​ greater advancement and​ leadership, particularly if​ the​ change in​ responsibility or​ focus takes them out of​ their comfort zone.

Clearly, there is​ a​ palpable power differential experienced by women in​ the​ workplace, and​ the​ leadership styles of​ men and​ women remain widely divergent, contributing to​ gaps in​ understanding, acceptance, and​ trust. in​ the​ end, Caprino’s research participants report experiencing less than a​ rock-solid sense of​ empowerment and​ self-confidence in​ their work lives.

These empowerment gaps that professional women experience can lead to​ personal and​ professional crisis, and​ a​ deep desire to​ transition away from the​ current professional track to​ a​ radically different one. From her study, Caprino has identified no fewer than 14 common crises professional women face today, and​ has developed strategies and​ approaches aimed at​ helping women overcome these crises and​ reclaim the​ direction of​ their lives.

How can women gain empowerment, and​ avoid professional crises altogether?

Caprino has found the​ following approaches, suggested by research participants who have successfully reinvented their professional lives, to​ be very powerful:

1. Remember, you are a​ many-faceted individual. Your life is​ a​ mosaic. Your current job does not define who you are in​ this world. Let go of​ what isn’t working.

Over-identification with any role in​ your life can lead to​ emotional difficulty and​ limitation. You are more than your current job or​ professional identity. if​ you don’t like who you are at​ work or​ what you are focusing on, you need to​ either find ways to​ change your style or​ behavior to​ your liking, or​ find new work or​ a​ different workplace that allows you to​ be and​ to​ express who you truly are.

2. Stretch and​ grow at​ all times..say “yes” to​ new opportunities that excite you (even if​ they make you nervous)

Again, you are more than you think you are. You possess a​ broader array of​ skills, strengths and​ capabilities than you are aware of​ at​ the​ moment. if​ you are offered an​ opportunity that allows you to​ stretch in​ a​ new area, and​ this area feels exciting to​ you, go for​ it! the​ expansion you’ll experience will allow new preferences and​ strengths to​ emerge. Be committed to​ continually expanding your knowledge and​ skill base. Move away from needing to​ be an​ expert at​ all times. Have the​ courage to​ be a​ beginner again, and​ don’t shy away from trying new things.

3. Get out of​ denial when things aren’t working

Staying in​ the​ dark about what makes you unhappy only prolongs your suffering, and​ postpones the​ action that eventually must be taken. Get hip to​ what isn’t working in​ your life and​ work, and​ begin to​ create a​ meaningful action plan for​ addressing what needs to​ be changed, added, redirected, or​ released.

4. Don’t let your ego make decisions for​ you

Make sure your ego doesn’t lead you around by the​ nose. Ego-based decisions are those that lead you to​ actions that simply inflate your ego and​ your sense of​ outward domination, power, control, and​ recognition. Often these ego-based decisions point you in​ a​ direction that is​ not in​ line with what you are truly passionate about. Integrate your ego perspective with your intuition, your higher thinking skills, and​ your understanding of​ what you value and​ appreciate. Make decisions that reflect who you are and​ wish to​ be in​ life.

5. Let go of​ perfectionism and​ over-functioning

Many professional women in​ particular suffer from perfectionism and​ the​ need to​ over-function and​ over-control both their work lives and​ home lives. in​ order to​ avoid the​ crisis of​ “things falling apart,” we must move away from the​ need to​ be perfect and​ the​ need to​ do everything ourselves. Start empowering all others in​ your life (your spouse, children, friends, parents, colleagues, employees, and​ others) so that they may gain a​ greater sense of​ their own independence, self-reliance, self-confidence, achievement and​ productivity, and​ can oversee and​ execute appropriately what is​ theirs to​ handle. Let go of​ what isn’t yours to​ manage.

6. “Always go where the​ energy is.”

Start tuning into your energy level and​ energetic guidance. Expand your focus on all those projects, people, or​ endeavors in​ your work life (and personal life) that give you a​ lift in​ positive energy. On the​ other hand, activities, people, and​ roles that deplete your energy just thinking about them are to​ be avoided. Follow your energy.

7. Know your passions and​ talents, and​ find work that emphasizes them

So many professionals (women and​ men alike) haven’t taken time to​ understand what they are passionate about in​ life — those endeavors that bring joy and​ positive energy. This is​ an​ essential step to​ take to​ avoid professional crisis. Discover and​ identify specifically what stimulates you, know what you are uniquely talented at​ and​ excited about, and​ move toward these endeavors. Find new ways to​ bring them forth in​ your personal and​ professional life wherever possible.

8. Decide what your life outside of​ work needs to​ encompass

In order to​ achieve essential work/life balance and​ be confident and​ strong personally and​ professionally, you must know what balance means to​ you. Get as​ clear as​ possible about what your life outside of​ work needs to​ embody and​ express in​ order for​ you to​ live the​ life you desire. Once you know, then your priorities will become clearer, which in​ turn allows you greater conscious control over how you manage your work life.

9. Realize your value. Don’t underestimate yourself and​ be your own advocate. Believe in​ yourself and​ your potential.

According to​ many of​ the​ professional women studied, men seem to​ be more skilled overall in​ perceiving their own value and​ taking advantageous action based on an​ unwavering view of​ their current and​ potential contribution. Women are in​ an​ earlier stage of​ development in​ their ability to​ embrace and​ express their worth and​ value in​ the​ workplace and​ at​ home.

Start by understanding and​ appreciating your own value. Focus on speaking and​ acting from a​ rock-solid sense of​ self-worth. if​ this is​ difficult for​ you, reach out to​ friends, family, and​ colleagues that you respect, admire, and​ trust, and​ ask them to​ tell you all about the​ strengths and​ talents they see in​ you. Believe in​ yourself and​ understand the​ enormous power you have to​ positively impact your own life and​ the​ world around you.

10. Elicit outside support; gain new, unbiased and​ expansive perspectives

How do you identify clearly what has to​ change and​ how to​ change it? Get some unbiased help, which can come in​ many forms including an​ outside mentor, coach, a​ Mastermind group, career counselor if​ needed, or​ someone who has done what you wish to​ do who can provide beneficial guidance. Helpful support is​ neutral, not biased, and​ aims to​ help you on your path (not someone else’s) by providing fresh insights and​ perspectives on how you can draw on your vast potential to​ achieve what you desire.

11. Develop short- and​ long-term goals for​ all areas of​ your life. Act on these, and​ review your progress, continually

If you haven’t already, it’s time to​ sit down with a​ pad and​ outline both short- and​ long-term goals for​ your life and​ work that reflect who you are at​ your core, and​ what you wish your life to​ mean and​ contribute going forward. Make your goals concrete, specific, behavioral and​ measurable, and​ don’t limit yourself only to​ what you think is​ possible. Develop goals that reflect your true potential, and​ what you dream you can do. Once you commit these goals to​ paper, break them down into bite-sized, doable mini-steps, and​ begin to​ take action. Revisit your steps and​ your goals regularly.

12. Be authentic to​ yourself. Take positive, courageous action and​ use your voice in​ empowered ways, always. Don’t be afraid to​ put yourself forward.

It’s time to​ step up. Trying to​ be someone else in​ the​ workplace simply doesn’t work. Do and​ say what is​ authentic and​ appropriate for​ you. Develop an​ integrated style that embodies your values around leadership, authority, power, delegation, execution, relationship, and​ communication – a​ style that allows you to​ express who you are and​ what is​ important to​ you. the​ more you do this, the​ more it​ will become immediately apparent if​ and​ when you need to​ make a​ change in​ your professional life.

Employing these strategies regularly will not only help you avoid professional crisis altogether, but also bring you forward on a​ life-long path of​ professional and​ personal fulfillment, empowerment, confidence, and​ joy.




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