“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.” – Emma Donoghue
Women quite often have doubts about their capabilities. Research shows that men in comparable positions are much more confident in their capabilities than their female peers, even when they are no more competent. A prime example is that if a man can fulfill 60% of the requirements of a job description, he will apply, while if a woman cannot do the full 100%, she will not.
Self-confidence is a make-or-break attribute. Success correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence.
To become more confident, stop thinking so much and just act.
Believe that you can do it! If you are constantly thinking that you are not good enough or that you will never make it, that is what you will believe and that will become your reality.
“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights,” – Glora Steinem
International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
The more we try to be something else—what our parents told us we should be, what our jobs demand us to be, what other people seem to think we should be—the more the desire to just be ourselves grows stronger.
In other words: Our authenticity comes under pressure as soon as we are challenged to act in a way that is foreign to our nature.
As long as we are able to find our own voice, adapt our behaviors and at the same time maintain our personal values and integrity we will function well.
The key to maintaining your balance of self and to become the most authentic version of yourself is simply focusing on what makes you happy by regularly checking in with yourself.
Taking care of your self is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others. Your wellbeing is the platform from which you serve others.
Embrace your individuality and be true to yourself!
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