10 Career Tips for Women. Number 7

Number 7 – Aim As High As You Can (and then go higher!) Women tend to play safe. That’s the consensus of the literature, research, and my own experience. Answer these few questions honestly:

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Women tend to play safe. That’s the consensus of the literature, research, and my own experience. Answer these few questions honestly:

  • Do you play safe too?
  • By which I mean set yourself targets that you are pretty confident of reaching?
  • Do you aim for what you think you can easily achieve for fear of failing?
  • Wait until you know your current job really well before applying for the next level?
  • Have you ever thought about applying for a job two, or even three levels above your current level?
  • Do you aim to be the best in your business or profession, not just ‘doing pretty good, thanks’?

Well, try setting yourself a target well beyond what you think you can reach at the moment.

If you set yourself a mediumish target you’ll probably achieve it. And be mediumish.

Set yourself a really high target and of course there’s a chance that you may not quite reach it but you’ll definitely go higher than mediumish! You will stop being average and start excelling.

If you check out my RenewYou page you’ll see if I’ve set myself a target of delivering RenewYou to a million women. When we first started discussing that number I almost reverted to my old default of no, that’s too high. But I stopped myself and do you know what? A few months on it seems entirely possible; not easy, but possible and very exciting.

If you had no fear what would be your big thing? Once you can articulate it, describe it, you can set about working out how to achieve it. Go on, aim high and don't settle for average!

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Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!

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