Are you waiting for .. or grabbing success?
Every time I get on a flight to Australia or the US for Courageous Success I feel scared – what am I doing, who do I think I am? Then I strap myself in and get super excited.
What makes some of us grab our worlds and conquer them, whilst others are frozen by fear or spend their careers coasting or conforming?
Are you choosing dependency…choosing an easier life by letting others be the driving force?
What about those in the office that hold back and let others in the team do the hard scary work?
There are many exceptions –
but what creates this will to stretch?
If my words about holding back are describing you, then you may be missing out on a huge natural high – the high of Courageous Success.
Unfortunately this seems to often affect women more than men, women continue to participate in labour markets on an unequal basis with men. In 2013, the male employment to population ratio stood at 72.2%, while the ratio for females was 47.1% (International Labour Organisation (2014)). Women’s economic equality is good for business. It is estimated that companies with three or more women in senior management functions score higher in all dimensions of organisational effectiveness (McKinsey & Company. Women Matter 2014).
So, what stops more women going for it?
The World Economic Forum’s recent Global Gender Gap Report 2015 shares that more women than men are pursuing higher education in 97 of the 145 countries included in the WEF report. Yet even considering the growing number of women enrolling in education, women make up the majority of skilled workers in only 68 of the 145 countries. They make up the majority of top managers in only four of those countries.
So what’s happening?
Three words – confidence, conformity and habit.
A recent study by Wiebke Bleidorn, Ph.D., from the University of California, analysed data from over 985,000 men and women across 48 countries, asking them to rate the phrase: “I see myself as someone who has high self-esteem”. Across the board – regardless of culture or country – the study found that men have higher self-esteem than women.
In the UK 34% of us (men and women) disagree that our organisation inspires the very best of us in the way of job performance (CIPD 2016).
So, grab the accountability and inspire yourself!
The biggest barrier to Courageous Success? The fear of challenge! We might fail! We might be seen as arrogant! We might look a fool!
Courageous Success Research finds that 88% of us agree that “We have times when we doubt ourselves”. But if we didn’t have challenge in our worlds then we’d never have the opportunity to experience what it feels like to overcome and achieve. What a massive shame! What a lost experience!
This week I met a truly inspirational woman who five years ago was the office administrator – now she’s the CEO.
Male or female, assess your dependency and avoidance. Grab the obstacles and feel the thrill of Courageous Success.
First step? Choose it.