I am thrilled to have contributed to the 2020 edition of I Am A Woman Who published this month and over the next few newsletters, I want to touch on the themes that emerged for me as I reflected on the six decades of my life and read about the inspirational stories of the other contributors.

Two of the many themes that come out of the book are determination and resilience.

So, what does determination mean to you?  For me it’s about being clear about what I want to achieve and not letting anything, or anyone get in my way.  I took up running a few years ago and set my goal on running a local 10k.  I used a training programme and set a deadline, both of which are important for me. Additionally, I had decided to raise money for Alzheimer’s UK. This motivation was crucial on those days when the weather was awful or I came home from work tired, just wanting to grab a glass of wine and put my feet up. I have seen the devastation this disease causes with the diagnosis of a good friend’s husband. My determination was fuelled by my motivation to help others in a similar situation.

Resilience often goes hand in hand with determination because this is about having the ability to bounce back, and recover strength, spirits, and good humour quickly.  I Am A Woman Who is full of stories from women who have overcome adversity and bounced back because of their determination to create a successful business.

Early on in my career I thought that I could do it on my own, that by sheer willpower and determination I could achieve my goals. For few years that worked; I would get out of bed, show up at work and do a damn good job regardless of what was happening at home. No-one knew the effort and anxiety I suffered because I was good at hiding it.  When I read and hear other women’s stories, I often recognise a similar strategy.  Sadly, this comes at a cost.

However good your intentions, you will get to a place where you can’t think straight and start making mistakes at work. You will become irritable, constantly tired, but bewildered about why you feel this way.  For me, reaching this point and taking time off provided the opportunity to take stock, think about what I needed (rather than what everyone else needed), and focus on doing what I love.  In other words, I took back control of my life.

That was when I decided to follow my passion and focus my business on helping professional women achieve their dreams by taking back control and doing it their way.

So, what about you?  Have you lost sight of your dream? Is it a speck on the horizon that, however hard you work to get there, just never seems to get nearer? Do you need help you achieve your goal?  And have you identified who you need to help you achieve it?

Book a no obligation chat and let me help you regain control of your life.

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