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Empowerment is the new Success
08 March 2018
International Women's Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme #pressforprogress is aimed at forging a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world.
Reflecting on IWD, I was thinking about how we as women define ‘success’ and what it means to be a ‘successful woman’. Our current définition is based on society’s norm that rates us on looks, income, possessions, achievements, and lifestyle against a ‘success barometer’.
We have created ‘success idols’: people who are richer, smarter, fitter, slimmer, healthier, funnier, or more popular than we can ever be. As a result we have developed an unrealistic expectation of what ‘success’ means and pigeon holed ourselves into who we think we should be as a woman. However, this preconceived idea of “what a woman should be like” fails to embrace the multidimensional aspects of women.
By focusing on the external factors of success we give our power away and shrink to fit. We erode the very fabric of ourselves - the gifts, talents, virtues, character traits, that make us uniquely who we are. Through constant comparison against our ‘success idols’ we de-value our achievements, victories, or accomplishments and rate them as ‘not good enough’.
If we truly want to progress our position as women globally, I believe that it's time to take back our power by replacing our current definition of ‘success' with that of ‘empowerment’. Yet, how many of us have considered what ‘empowerment' or being an ‘empowered woman’ really means?
For me, 'empowerment' means: understanding and accepting ourselves, being willing to improve, standing up for what we believe in, and daring to pursue our life vision, even in the face of great obstacles. Living as an ‘empowered' woman helps us to realise that we have a choice to develop the mindset, character, and emotional resilience to attain what we want to achieve in life with ease and grace.
I would like to share following ideas:
Get to know you! - make time each morning to connect with the wisdom that lives with your LoveLight or 'heartspace' through journaling, meditation or self-reflection. A wonderful way to tap into your intuition and creativity.
Value yourself - write down your unique qualities (e.g. kind, patient, caring, determined, focused), and reflect upon these throughout the day as a reminder.
Honour yourself - identify how you can include self-care, fun, relaxation, and creativity into your life and add these into your schedule.
Love yourself - the relationship with yourself is the most important in your life. Write down what you love about yourself ( e.g. your gifts, talents, virtues, character traits). Reflect upon these throughout your day and feel genuine appreciation for the unique woman you are.
So this IWD, I invite you to embrace your empowerment and be the leader you truly are. When you have the courage to live as an empowered woman you become a role model for all the women and girls in your life.