Today and later this week, I’m sharing words of wisdom from four women, all winners of a statewide honor, called the New Hampshire Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business Honor.
If you’re not in business, don’t leave the blog yet ! These women gave us words of advice about life, not just about business. They were part of a panel at a conference last Friday, hosted by Women Inspiring Women. And they did inspire – the whole day and the community it brought together were inspiring actually.
As you read each comment and my words below it, stop and think. How could you apply these words in your own life. Consider each role in your life: parent, business owner, career, volunteer, mentor, caregiver.
“Think big, act small. Make that first step doable.” — Cathy Conway, Northern Community Investment Corporation
It’s great to have dreams, whether it’s about your home’s decor, your child’s future, a business project, or a hobby you want to develop. To make those dreams and goals happen in your life, so you can enjoy them and not just talk about them, think small.
Break down what it will take into small steps. And your first step will be the smallest, so that you DO get started.
Getting started gets the train going, and as with a train, each inch you move, you gather steam and momentum. So if you’re stuck on something, what’s the smallest step you can take to get the train moving? Small, small, small – until you say “Oh, that’s easy!”
“Authenticity – Be who you are and use what you have. Bring your full self to your work and your leadership style. That is where your power is.” - Katie Merrow, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
There really aren’t too many new ideas around us; it’s more about bringing your perspective and your strengths to the dream or challenge at hand, wherever that’s happening in your life.
If you feel as if you don’t know yourself well enough to know your strengths, ask your closest friend. Get perspective on what’s really great about you, and live your life from there.
If this still sounds difficult, try a coach, a therapist, a personal trainer, a meditation class – all different tools to approach the same question. You may take just a few sessions on this, or longer. Depends on you but you have choices.
Getting to know yourself and how truly unique and special you are is one of the greatest journeys in life.
“Commit to never-ending improvement. Your life should always be a work in progress. Be inquisitive, especially with people you perceives as more successful. End every day smarter than when you started. “ – Leslie Sturgeon, Women Inspiring Women (the event’s host)
I’m one of those people who loves to learn whether it’s in a class, a program or online articles. Curiosity gives you other perspectives to consider. Curiosity helps you solve problems.
Being inquisitive helps you meet new people more easily, do things you never thought you’d do, and ultimately gives you strength and hope from others to add to your own.
And now imagine, we got to hear from these outstanding human beings for an hour. Inspiration! And the next blog will have our other two women and their words of wisdom – look for that later this week.
Each of these is a wonderful topic for coaching, for organizing your thoughts and holding yourself accountable with my support as you build your own abilities to hold yourself accountable.