As a former not for profit executive, I've lived and breathed scarcity for years. There was never enough and even if there was, there was a fine line between the perception of not for profit and not for loss that was sometimes challenging to navigate.
But I'm sure I'm to the only one. Right now with Australian elections looming, the media are sending messages of scarcity, doom and gloom - and those feelings of lack and scarcity are really hard to avoid. Nearly everyone I meet is talking with scarcity scripting! And it goes like this:
- Not enough time
- Not enough money
- Not enough daylight (yes it's mid winter in Oz)
- Not enough energy
- Not feminine enough
- Not masculine enough
- Not confident enough
- Not slim enough
- Kids not well behaved enough
- Not strong enough
- Not enough control
- Not good enough............ and the list goes on ....
Yet, when we all know that when focus on what we don't have - we not only set our selves up for failure - we also undermine our best attempts at having it all anyway.
Research also tells us that as women, we have a tendency to underestimate our own future performance - which also feeds the not good enough beast and gets in the way of you stretching and simply going for what it is you really want - those big, hairy, feminine ambition goals.
When we focus on being enough, having enough and doing enough, life becomes far less struggle street and far more easy street. It's just like a weight off your mind - letting go of your need to be in control once more, yet putting you back in the drivers seat.
So once again, let's flick the switch:
- From "there are not enough hours in the day" to "there's plenty of time"
- From "money's a bit tight" to "why is it that people just keep on giving me money?"
- From "I'm not good enough" to "you should be so lucky!"
- From "I'll never be enough" to "I'm more than enough to learn how to deliver those results".
- From scarcity to abundance
It might take a little time and focus, but with routines, discipline and attention both your personal and professional life will become a whole heap easier. And that fast track into the C-suite? A whole lot closer than you might imagine.
Vive la révolution! #ambitionrevolution #feminineambition #LookOutCSuiteHereSheComes
I am the creator of The Ambition Revolution – the science and art of amping smart and savvy.
I mentor busy professionals to ensure they remain smart, strategic, agile and focused on the bigger game.
I also work with organisations who are trying to increase the profile of women in leadership, but are struggling to do so.