“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
― Audrey Hepburn
Last Monday was Blue Monday. We are told this was the most depressing day of the year. I marvelled at the effort many organisations went to so as to create awareness and to help employees through it. Such was frenzy surrounding this phenomenon that it was difficult to ignore.
I wondered if there was a science behind it. I soon learnt that a psychologist from Cardiff, Dr Arnall, using a formula he devised based on research data determined that the 3rd Monday of the year was the most depressing day of the year. While there is no scientific evidence to back-up this claim, many people believe it – after all our organisations, the media and every outlet we lend our ears to tell us it is blue Monday, so we believe it!
The same parallels can be drawn for our goals and aspirations. Challenges, circumstances, people including ourselves give us reasons why we cannot achieve our goals. We sometimes give ourselves a myriad of reasons why we can’t or why it is impossible to do. Next we begin to experience self-doubt. We question our ability to achieve our goals and reach our full potential.
My conclusion: If you tell yourself enough times, you will start to believe it whether it is true or not. So Why not tell yourself that you can? There are certainly just as many reasons “for” as there are “against” you achieving your goals and your full potential. Tell yourself those “for” reasons as often as you need to until your subconscious believes it too. Surround yourself with positivity and great examples of success.
I leave you with this video someone shared with me last week. You are what you say you are. Believe.
PUTTING GENDER ON THE AGENDA
Its International Women’s day today and throughout the day I have been working with the women’s network in my office to encourage people to #PledgeForParity.
What is parity and why is it important?
Well, parity means fairness and gender parity is about ensuring that wherever possible, women gain equal opportunity and access in all spheres of society. Women have a lot to offer in the workplace, in business and in the society. Women bring diversity of thought, innovation, and alternative routes to success to everyday life, business and society. Women help balance and manage risk. Research shows that having women in leadership positions is key to achieving positive business performance and economic progress. Indeed the impact of women in leadership can be seen across the globe where
- Women in political leadership positions run prosperous countries
- Women form the majority of the population of emerging markets
- Women are on boards of companies with strong financial performance
Sadly, gender balance in positions of leadership is still a far way off. Meaning our businesses, countries and societies could be performing even more optimally but are not because this rich resource group (i.e. Women) remain untapped. Statistics show that without a concerted effort we are some 100 years away from achieving gender balance. This means that for this generation and the next majority of women will continue to struggle to fulfil their full potential and hence unable to contribute fully in the society. Businesses, economies and society lose out too.Women’s advancement must therefore become a priority on our agendas at work, in business, at home and in society as a whole.
You and I are the solution. Gender Parity is a collective responsibility. If achieving gender balance can yield business, economic and societal benefits, then we owe it to ourselves and the next generation to do something positive to progress this agenda.
There are several things you can do – You can be a champion for women in your workplace or local community or even volunteer to promote STEM within your local community. What ever you feel able to do, please pledge today to make a difference.
My pledge is to INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN THROUGH KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND TO CHALLENGE MY BIASES WHICH MAY HINDER ME OR OTHER WOMEN FROM ACHIEVEING OUR FULL POTENTIAL. This blog is my outlet to reach women across the globe. What would yours be? Share this post today and #PledgeForParity.