Having a healthy self image is important for your confidence, your self esteem, productivity and ultimately, your success.
But how do we ensure our self image remains healthy and we don’t end up allowing it to sabotage our success.
In an era when we talk a lot about being ourselves, being authentic and not being a carbon copy of someone else, I think it’s important not to lose focus on minutia … the things that ultimately do nothing for our success.
In this episode, I talk about some of the trends I’ve noticed online that are not just an attempt to destroy women individually, but women as a community. I talk about what we can do as individuals to change that and accelerate our own success as well as the success of other women.
I’m not just talking about image in terms of looks, it goes much deeper than that and plays out in our business, often costing us weeks, months and even years of preparation to actually do the thing we really love to do, but failing to reach our goal time and time again.
We stress over how we look, how our business collateral looks, and we concern ourselves with what other people might think about us, whilst all along, these things are actually sabotaging our success.
Recently, I watched a video of a lady talking about getting out of the rut that we get ourselves in so that we start doing the thing that we most want to do.
It was a fantastic video, and the lady who was speaking – I won’t mention her name – had in some really big earrings. I did notice the earrings, but the message was just so great, I bypassed the earrings.
And then some women started posting comments like, “one of the things that she needs to do is get rid of those big earrings.” Other women chimed in and said the same thing, but a small number of us asked the question, “did you miss the message?” Because honestly there was no, “Oh wow! That was really good!”
The sad truth is, these are usually the women who are stuck the most. I know it sounds harsh, but people who are the most critical with little good to say, are usually the ones struggling in life the most. They would have better things to say and do otherwise.
Listen, the graveyards are filled up with people, women, who had great potential, but they were so focused on their image, and so afraid of being judged that they never maximised their potential.
They never fulfilled their calling. They never lived a fulfilled life because quietly they were too afraid of being judged. I’m imploring you. I’m begging you. Don’t be that woman.
Be that woman that basically says, this is what I have right now. These are the people who need to hear my voice. These are the people that I need to encourage to have a voice. I’m going to get myself out there and I am going to be influential because there are people out there relying on me. I have to help some people break free from their limiting beliefs so they can live life to the maximum.
Take the view …
If it’s got to be, it’s up to me
Hopefully, once you’ve listened to this episode, you’ll feel free to let go of those things that’s holding you back, get your voice out there and make your message heard.
Enjoy, and remember to keep the dream alive,
Trish Jones is a Speaker, Storytelling Coach and Author, who empowers and equips women to create a business and life that's in harmony with who they are - from the inside out - by bringing more of their personality, their voice and their message to the marketplace. Download her success blueprint to find out more ... The Influential Woman PinkPrint.