Women Leadership Series: #IAMIN
Today we kick off International Women’s Day with the launch of the Women Leadership Blog Series. I have asked women leaders to blog about their journey as entrepreneurs and shed some light on tips other women can take for staying motivated in reaching desired goals. I have also challenged myself to share the challenges and highlights that I have had as an educator/entrepreneur in my industry of digital learning. The goal is to create dialogue, engagement and pragmatic discourse that propels women to feel empowered to set new goals for themselves. This blog series is for those living between a rock and a hard place. You are a hard worker, a giver, a friend, a spouse, and a confidant. You have spent many years giving to others but feel deep dissatisfaction that stems from not telling your truth.
This blog series is based on the assumption that individuals have a personal desire to reach their personal and professional goals. This can be measured by the level of intrinsic motivation an individual has. In good cases, this person may be self-driven and able to reach goals without a challenge. In other cases, individuals may see where they would like to be but find it difficult to ignore the negative memories, past failures, mental doubts, and practical challenges that negate the ability for them to move forward. Although we may set new goals to arrive at success, there may be external challenges that inhibit our potential for growth.
We may feel depressed because we may have goals and desires but feel that a lack of resources or external support can help us reach new goals. Oh well, we think, better to be safe than sorry. This becomes our self-fulfilling prophecy; it happens because we think it. And, when it comes to self-concept, our personal trajectory is thwarted. Many times, my graduate learners will grapple at projects and secretly admit they have felt lost in their pursuit of happiness. In essence-they describe the desire to find fulfillment in the midst of carrying out the functions of their job.
I can relate to students and individuals who felt out of balance. One can read my narrative in my book, Tomorrow Can’t Wait. I spend the time to talk about the personal resentments and fears I had for reaching my personal goals without feeling completely burned out in the end. Indeed-this was my greatest challenge. I learned the importance of taking breaks, laughter and quality alone time to re-fuel my passion.
Over time, I was able to regain the passion, energy, and strength to overcome my personal challenges. Much of the research I conducted around the persistence of individuals striving toward academic goals was applicable in the journey of personal contentment as well. I spoke with students, advisors, psychologists, and clergy. I reviewed articles pertaining to self-determination, motivation, and faith. Lastly, I facilitated a self-help motivational series to empower others to explore the hard questions pertaining to purpose, relationships, and more.
This month, I want to share the wisdom and scientific strategies that have helped me locate my voice. As we celebrate the women who influence businesses on a national and international scale, we can find narratives that touch our hearts and employ us to take action. Please join me on this journey. You can transform your mind and life through a process of analysis and introspection. This month, readers will be encouraged by the stories of women who are in the corporate, academic, and digital sectors. They will share their journey and moments of introspection that will encourage and inspire other women to reach their goals. Research has shown that women who have clear goals are more likely to feel a higher level of contentment in their overall life.
I have asked women in my #TCW book club to remember that #iamin suggests we can take full ownership of our future. Hopefully you will say the same as well. Please be sure to follow this blog series for the month of March and share with other women who may be encouraged.
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