Tips to Embodying the Superwoman You Are in the Workplace
As a young professional and woman, I find the best way to insert myself into a conversation where I am told or feel I have no voice is to say my opinions clearly by...
November 20, 2020
Women are powerful beings. We no longer need to hide behind our “looks” or meek words to assert our value. We have proven to be hard-working, highly intelligent, and mind-blowingly successful. Just look to the numerous women in power, most recently the formidable Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.
We Pay Attention to the Details and Enforce More Empathy.
But, sometimes, our most amazing qualities are lost in the workplace due to:
- Lack of confidence
- Conflicting work personalities
- Old-fashioned environments
In situations like these, we forget our goddess energy and flounder, giving in to stereotypes. Here are tips to activate our inner warrior!
Strike a Pose
There are many postures to inject power into a room. Give these poses a try:
- The wonder woman pose: hands on hips, feet slightly apart and grounded, back erect.
- The open stance pose: hands unfolded, palms open and down, feet slightly apart and grounded, chest forward, shoulders down and back.
- The engaged pose: hands interlocked, feet firmly planted on the ground, back erect, and slightly forward.
- The energizing pose: knees crossed, back erect and slightly back (lay back into the chair to give off open, wide energy), hands in straight, elegant lines like draped over the armrests or on the table.
Poses that open and expand will make you feel more in control and in touch with the room’s energy.
Try any of these at home or work and see how you feel! Practice makes power.
Assert Enthusiasm, Your Voice Matters!
As a young professional and woman, I find the best way to insert myself into a conversation where I am told or feel I have no voice is to say my opinions clearly by:
- Speaking in a loud, firm, enthusiastic voice.
- Eliminating “Umms, buts, or likes” as best you can.
- Emit a positive, “can-do-it” energy.*
*Next time you are in a work-related interaction, see how a higher level of happiness or excitement affects yourself and others. Do you notice a change? More support and attention for your ideas?
However, miscommunication or confusion in the dialogue can muddle these positive habits.
Don’t panic. Instead, play the curiosity card by again, clearly and confidently, asking, “How did you get that?” or “Can you clarify that please?” Do not apologize or feel like you have trouble understanding them. More often than not, they have trouble communicating. Do not invite mansplaining. State what you see or understand and explain how that conflicts with what they are proposing.
I know, easier said than done! But remember, you have more power and value in a situation than you know. You are here for a reason. Because you matter, hold that true and emphasize that in your meetings.
Controversial as it may sound, going with the flow is the best thing you can do when nothing works. Realize you do not control your colleagues or, in other words, the actions of others. Remind yourself to be open and relaxed in the workplace. I like to maintain my values and voice without muscling my control over work dialogues or work meetings.
Active Listening Is Key.
Another tool I fall back on when I have tried everything is to listen, and success follows. As hard as it is at first, work on these advanced tools for absorbing a successful, “rich-woman” mentality:
- Let go of overthinking what you say or do after (work interactions).
- Process the workday by taking it at face value.
- Keep a detached, leveled-headed aura.
- Master responsibility and strong work ethic.
- Recognize that you are not perfect, yet you matter.
- Be open to constant growth and manifestation.
- Practice patience.
- Don’t “shoot the second arrow.”
- Listen to your desires but resign yourself to flowing with the natural order of events. Your desires will find their light organically.
Most of All Here’s a Little Secret...
Work hard, try your best but know, in the end, everything and everyone at work is not as relevant to you as you think it is. In the grand scheme of things, to the amazing person, you are becoming. You are more than your job.
The most powerful and advanced Superwoman tool is time control, making your envisioned future a reality. Driving intent into your dreams and desires starts with goal-planning. Where do you see yourself in one year? Five years? Ten years?