We recently celebrated International Women’s Day last March 8. But have you ever thought, wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need to have this day because there was gender equality?
Let’s talk about how we can lift each other up so we won’t need an International Women’s Day in the future. Or at least the intention behind it would be a day of celebration not that we still have to:
It could be more just in celebration of the amazing women that
A little story
During last year’s women’s day, I was tagged by a friend from high school on her Instagram Stories. It said, “Businesses owned by strong women I know.”
I was tagged at the top. I don't know if that had to do with anything specific, but just the fact that she thought of me and tagged me was so nice. It meant a lot because we aren’t super strong in each other's lives.
I reshared it because that's fuel for my life and my business. Her simple act of tagging me in that IG story gave me a little boost that day. I really loved it.
I thought, How often do we lift each other up? AND Do we look for opportunities to raise other women up?
Five Ways to Raise Women Up
#1: See women in their brilliance and applaud them.
When someone does something good, rather than going into that place of compare-itis, jealousy, or any other negative emotion.
Because at times we could be judging ourselves or facing a struggle, let's lift each other up when someone is winning.
#2: See other women in their struggle and support them in a way that isn't asked for.
When my father passed, when my son broke his femur, I reached out to my close community and shared about my situation. They jumped in without me even asking.
Sometimes you might see people in your life who are struggling, and you don't know what to do. All of the ideas are amazing.
There was a day that I had two people drop off flowers for me. One was a woman from my church, not as close as some of my friends but such a huge, impactful moment to say, “Oh, I'm just dropping off some flowers at your door,” and I open it and there's a beautiful potted tulip plant. Then just hours after, I received flowers at my door that another friend had delivered from a flower shop. Each one had a big impact on me and helped.
It’s easy to be in our own struggle, but the moment that we see others in their struggle, if we jump into action with a little text or a little message, we can pull ourselves up, too.
#3: Pour into a friend on their way to their goal.
What if we have people around us who are wanting to achieve a business goal?
It doesn't take money. It doesn't take a lot of time. But you can pour into someone by believing in them.
Think of all the things that would happen in the world if people poured into each other more, spoke words of encouragement, and supported them in how they achieve their goals by sharing it, giving advice or connecting with others. There's just so much that would happen in the world.
#4: Acknowledge others more.
With all the many things happening around the world, a lot of people tend to complain.
But what if we acknowledged each other more? What if we thanked the cashier for their quick service? What if we complimented someone or a family member on how they did the dishes? What if we reach out to a friend and tell them that we appreciate them?
If we acknowledged others more, people would have a bit more of a spring in their step. They'd be focusing on the positive of what they “can do”, rather than the negative and the judgment of what they can't do.
Giving a compliment or an acknowledgement when you witness them in their brilliance, or even just in their everyday life is so powerful.
#5: Breathe life into the vision we see for others.
As a coach, this is something I often do with my clients, I’ll share…
Breathe life into what you see for others. This is part of what my parents did for me.
If we do this with our children, our friends, family members, co-workers, and with the strangers that we meet in our day-to-day lives, imagine what life could be like.
If we see others in their brilliance and applaud them, if we see people in their struggle and support them, if we pour into others, if we acknowledge them, and if we breathe life into the vision we see for others, we’d be a step closer to not needing to have a specific day where we celebrate women.
I'm not saying just do this for women. I'm hoping you’ll do this for everyone. Instead, we'd actually be celebrating each other more. It would just become a way of life like brushing your teeth, you'd acknowledge. Like going to work, you'd compliment.
If we are all in this together, imagine what the world can be like. What if we just did these five simple things?
I encourage you to do more of this if you're already doing it and to start doing it if you haven't yet.
I get that we all have our stuff going on. But if you do it to others, others will do it back to you. That's fuel — for your goals, for your day-to-day, through the struggle, and a celebration of your success.
I imagine a world where all women love themselves for who they are, where they stop being their own worst critic and instead celebrate their progress. Women who fall fast and get up just as quick, who make themselves a priority, who live their legacy, who speak up. You are this woman. A dynamic woman. Congrats.
This will happen when we lift each other up.
I'm inviting women to step into their power and into their full selves — to be unapologetically themselves, and to not take anyone down in the process of them really getting to that place where they feel at their best and are achieving what they want most in life.
If you want to be a part of a group of women who lift each other up, join our Facebook Group Dynamic Women Global Community. It’s a community for female business leaders to come together to connect, share, grow, and be inspired.
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