As a Career, Business & Lifestyle Solutionist & Coach, I am often asked: “What are your best success tips or advice you would give to career and business women?”
Here’s my list:
1. Redefine your definition of success. Instead of accepting the workplace or marketplace’s definition of success – why not develop your own definition based on your values, who you are and your God-given talents.
2. Envision your long-term vision. Whatever your current job title is, or the current position of your business in the marketplace, think of where you want to be within five years.
A common problem for career women and women business owners is taking responsibility for projects or obtaining clients that suit where they are now – but they not in line with future promotions, bigger career responsibilities or business growth.
Whatever projects you involve yourself in or the clients you accept – all should be those that enhance your short- but more importantly your long-term vision.
3. Play it close to the vest. Knowledge is power and there are times when keeping all or some of it to yourself is the best course of action. Bite your tongue when you’re tempted to share information – whether it’s gossip about your boss if you are in the workplace or information about your newest client if you are a business owner.
If you want to succeed at work and in business, you must be sure to audit your communication carefully.
4. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Most of us have people in our lives that have too much time on their hands and they spend it interfering with our lives or they don’t feel good about themselves so they do everything possible to bring us down to their level.
My mantra is: ‘get rid of whatever makes them stop’. In this case I suggest eliminating those relationships that do not support you, your vision or what you are accomplishing. Always surround yourself with game-changing, high-achieving career and business woman.
5. Learn to express your needs. It is important that you express your wants and needs very clearly, objectively, and respectfully. Learn how to ask for what you want and need and when someone asks you for his or her wants and needs – be sure to reciprocate.
6. Get comfortable with money and charging what you are worth. Women and money do not always have a comfortable relationship. Instead of being afraid to talk about money, learn the basics of profit and loss, investing, and how to impact your bottom line.
Think about taking a financial, money management or accounting course to improve your monetary knowledge and then get rid of your ‘money junk’.
If the thought of increasing your fees or prices to your clients, or negotiating a raise for a higher salary at your current company – makes you uneasy, you’re not alone.
Successful career and business women know their value to their employer and in the marketplace. They charge clients accordingly and if working for a company they know how to negotiate their pay based on what they bring to the table (expertise).
7. Be content with what you already have. While you may not have the big house on the hill or live in a gated community (at least not now), you can at least say you have a roof over your head and a hot meal to come home to. That, my friend, is the beginning of success.
8. Donate money, clothes, or food to someone in need. There’s no quicker way to realize you’re successful than to give a hand to a homeless person or to the family down the street whose spouse just lost his/her job.
9. Audit your accomplishments. Take some time to write down your major accomplishments in the past year. You’d be surprised at how much you’ve accomplished in just a short amount of time.
10. Learn something new. Read a chapter in a book that teaches you something new about your industry. Acquire new knowledge – it is empowering and it trains your brain to think in new terms.
11. Take a break. It’s easy to get so busy chasing success that you don’t have time to embrace the success you’ve already achieved. Take a step back and allow your joy to come from the journey, not from the distant destination.
Achieving success takes time. Don’t drive yourself into an early grave trying to reach all your intentions right now. Life is way too short. Be persistent and consistent – and over time you will reach your destination. More importantly, be patient with yourself.© Copyright 2014 Laureen Wishom