Text by Marie Claire and Audi
Between juggling work, family and a social life, as well as trying to make a meaningful impact, it becomes tricky to excel in each of these areas. The truth is, it’s less of a scorecard and more about being aware of what you do or don’t do on a daily basis. The focus should be on how you go about doing things, as opposed to what you do.
Women who present themselves as being powerhouses are not superhuman, but there are habits they adopt that enhance their ability to achieve more. You can too: here are 11 things you can put into practice in order to help create an extraordinary life.
1. Start the day with a positive mindset
It sets the tone for the day ahead and it doesn’t hurt to make your first priority your attitude. It is the most important thing you can control.
2. Lead without a title
If you wait until you get that promotion or end up being a CEO before you act like a leader, you’re delaying it for far too long. Being a leader without a title starts with upholding a key principle: leadership is an act of service. It’s not a luxury position. It’s about hard work and acting with integrity.
3. Say ‘good morning’
It’s more than just a greeting. It’s about recognising people, regardless of who they might be and taking the time to acknowledge them in a simple way.
4. Offer to help co-workers
Being helpful is great, but if your offer is declined, accept it. Don’t expend time on people who choose to be martyrs.
5. Stay connected socially
Your success is linked to the support you offer and receive from people. A strong support system is a great basis to share triumphs or offer encouragement during challenging times.
6. Give credit where it’s due
100%. Don’t shy away from giving co-workers or loved ones recognition. We need to clap loudly for each other. It’s far too easy to forget the impact of positive affirmation.
7. Say ‘thank you’
Being grateful is a beautiful thing. Take the time to think about things you’re grateful for. In your pursuit of even greater heights, it’s important to remember the things you’ve already achieved in life and to recall how milestones aren’t achieved purely because of your own hard work. There are various factors and people who contribute to our growth.
8. Never apologise or explain
…unless you’re actually wrong, but in that case, take responsibility for your actions without holding it against yourself for an infinite amount of time. Learn to own mistakes without allowing those errors to weigh you down indefinitely.
9. Speak up in meetings
Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. Having an opinion or feeling as though you have value to add to a conversation is not something you need to feel ashamed about. Celebrate it. Take pride in the way your mind works and be willing to share your insights with co-workers.
10. Visualise success
Using your mind’s eye, think about how it will feel when you achieve your next goal. Picture it as vividly as possible: the feeling, how it looks, smells… anything you need to do to heighten your senses and keep you motivated to turn it into a reality.
11. Keep it moving
Literally. Make time to exercise. It’s a great way to de-stress and unwind after a stressful day. Focus on your breathing, take pride in your daily accomplishments regardless of their size and let go of what’s not worth holding onto. Remember that you’re human… there’s something beautiful about acknowledging that fact and keeping it in mind, as we so often forget to do in our feverish pursuit of goals.