March is Women’s History Month and what better way to end this empowering month than with our five tips on how to arm yourself with confidence. From changing the negative script that plays in your head to challenging yourself to try something new, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.
1. Value Yourself
Although we’ve come a long way in the workplace, there is still a large salary discrepancy of women still being underpaid by their male counterparts. Here’s what you can do to try to flip the script. "Don't be scared to be vocal about what you're doing," Glynnis MacNicol, co-founder of TheLi.St, a network and visibility platform for professional woman, stated in an interview. "Women tend to think our accomplishments will be recognized just implicitly, and men do not do that. It's important to articulate exactly what you're doing well." Let those in the know see the work that you are doing. Be your own champion.
2. Failure Is Your Friend
In her book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well is the Key To Success, author Megan McArdle writes: “We tend to assume that failure happens because someone, somewhere, did something wrong. In fact, often failure is the result of doing something very right: trying something that you’ve never done before…” She goes on to state that what you do next is where the learning begins. Be proud of yourself for pushing to do something new, identify the error, and then try again.
3. Challenge Yourself
This tip comes from the queen of empowerment, Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey suggests that you “Widen your horizons. Do this by trying out new things.” Sign up for that comedy course. Take that trip you’ve always dreamt of taking. Do the one thing that has been on the back of your mind but you’ve pushed aside for fear that there isn't enough time. The time is now. That feeling of accomplishment will propel you to try other challenging things.
4. Make that Commitment
The year always starts with such high hopes. Join the gym. Instead of paying lip service to those resolutions, implement goals that you can commit to and work towards them every day. “To be a ‘closer’ and get your results, make really specific promises and tell everyone,” advises Lauren Zander, co-founder of the life coaching company Handel Group. By sharing that promise with others, you are now asking to be held accountable to that goal.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
It may seem almost silly to state the obvious but when life is a constant barrage of news, social media, deadlines and the like, you can easily overlook very basic needs. Make sure you are drinking water and taking time to eat a full meal. Step away from the laptop and take a walk. Unplug and recharge. Not only does that help promote health, those mindful moments can spur creativity.