I’ve come to realize that as strong and as kick ass as we, professional women, all claim to be, at the end of the day, we all still want to be liked in some manner. We want approval and it does feel good sometimes to be told we’re ok. I’ve accepted that truth for myself. I love a good compliment! It has the ability to change my entire day, even my week. But at the same time, there are certain things I just won’t allow anymore when it comes to my life, my career and my business. It’s one of the beautiful things about being experienced, about getting older. If you’re reading this, you and I are extremely blessed to be nearing the end of another year. We owe it to ourselves to lift our standards a little higher. Here’s how:
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
You don’t ever have to do anything you don’t want to do. And if you are in a situation currently where you often find yourself saying “Yes” to things you’d rather say no to, it’s time to evaluate if you are where you should be right now. The world will NOT end if you say no. I promise that. You are in control of the ship called your life. You steer. And if you don’t like the direction you’re heading in, the time is now to change the course of your trip.
I WILL NOT TAKE THE FIRST THING OFFERED TO ME
Think before reacting. I think this could probably apply to every aspect of our lives, but in business especially, this rings so true. Negotiation can be tough. If I reject what you offer to me I definitely don’t want you to think I’m ungrateful, a bitch or high maintenance. When I negotiate, what it means is that I understand my value and want you to honor it as well.
I DESERVE THE BEST IN EVERYTHING
When something or someone is a good fit, it’s more than just a connection or a happy feeling as that’s fleeting. The perfect fit for your life moves you closer to your purpose. It inspires you to go further and dream a little bigger. It makes you believe that all things are possible.
You are special and you deserve to experience all of these feelings and more when it comes to your work, your life and how you choose to live it. Life is too short not to be ridiculously fulfilled with a life you have designed.
Don’t ever settle.