A powerful woman in business needs to…

Are you a tough, powerful woman in business, or do you just melt when the going gets tough?

Being a woman in business/female entrepreneur/mumpreneur or whatever title you call yourself can offer you the opportunity to build the DNA of mental toughness!

The challenges associated with being a woman in business / an entrepreneur means you have more opportunities than most to build mental toughness courage, confidence and steely inner self-belief.

Here are 10 entrepreneurial DNA mental muscle building activities that will offer you the opportunity to practice being a woman in business with greatness with the added bonus to build your mental toughness in business:

1. Increase your self-discipline.

A smart woman in business recognises the importance of self-discipline. She recognises that it is a learned skill that gets better with practice. Each day, you have an opportunity to practice staying focused and being productive.

2. Calculate risk.

When you’re in charge, it’s up to you to decide which risks to take. Practice evaluating the risks and benefits, strategies and your competitors approaches. Look at decisions from new angles and sharpen your decision-making skills.

3. Be aware of your emotions.

It’s important as a woman in business that you recognize how you’re feeling and to understand how those emotions affect your decisions. Excitement can cause you to overestimate your chances of success. Sadness can lead you to settle for less than your worth. Practice balancing your emotions with logic and you’ll make the best choices for your business.

4. Accept personal responsibility.

When you’re in charge, there’s no one to blame except yourself. That doesn’t mean it’s not tempting to make excuses. Look for explanations, but don’t make excuses when things don’t turn out as planned.

5. Deal with stress in a healthy way.

The hectic lifestyle of a woman in business, might cause you to forgo exercise or reach for a glass of wine when you’re stressed out. However, self-care is essential if you want to perform at your peak. Whether you enjoy yoga or you have dinner with friends, develop healthy ways to manage your stress.

6. Delay gratification.

It’s normal to want your business to grow fast. At the same time, getting too big too fast could easily be your downfall. Practice delaying gratification every day, even in the small things you do.

7. Face your fears.

As an in-demand woman in business, whether you were asked to give a presentation or you’re thinking of launching a new blog, don’t let anxiety hold you back. Face your fears and challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone.

8. Ask for help.

It takes mental strength to admit you can’t do everything. But whether you need to delegate some tasks to someone with more skills, or you need some emotional support from a kind ear, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

9. Bounce back from your mistakes.

Rather than hide your mistakes, acknowledge them. Reflect on them long enough to learn from them. Then, commit to using your new knowledge to do better next time.

10. Strive to be better woman in business today than you were yesterday.

Comparing yourself to other people will only drag you down and distract you from your goals. The only person you should compete against is yourself. Strive to do a little better each day.

I know there will be lots of people out there that will not feel comfortable talking about being a woman and business and even having the word toughness in the same sentence.

But running a business is tough, I received a great LinkedIn comment from Kathy Annandale today , who rightly commented:

I absolutely concur on all those points, it’s the toughest, most unrelenting, least flattering or forgiving mental, physical and emotional challenge you can ever take on. If you knew what you were facing when you set out to run your own business, just like training to do any other kind of challenge, to do it seriously you need help. Get mentoring, guiding and coaching if you have ambition to keep growing it as it will only grow in line with your personal growth as a leader. You can’t know or be good at everything it demands from you, we all have gifts and weak spots. The skill is identifying which is which and test whether or how to overcome/improve/cope/delegate in the unique way that works for you and your business. We often, work in rather than on our business and we can’t see the wood for the trees.

Kathy Annandale – The Kitchen Bureau


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