Power Tool #3: Use What You’ve Got
To be able to use power, the first thing you’ve got to do is realize that you have it. In your personal life and in meeting challenges at work that what you need is usually there if you can only see it and have the courage to use it. Here are just a few examples women shared about how to use what you’ve got:
• Know Your Value. Honestly assess your talents, skills, experiences, and capacities—how can you best demonstrate your special expertise? Women have clout, clout that we haven’t fully leveraged. Who values you, who wants you on their side, who needs your skills and talents?
• Toot Your Own Horn. If you don’t, who will? And instead of getting stuck in the weeds of self-reproach, ask yourself: What did I do right? What experience did I gain that will improve my abilities and chances next time?
• Give Yourself a Whack on the Head. Don’t miss the obvious. What are you overlooking? What resources and solutions are right in front of you?”
Women collectively need this metaphorical whack to get us out of stale thought patterns and help us realize what incredible power we have at this amazing moment when all signs point to a world that wants the qualities we bring to life and leadership. What keys do you hold in your hand? And how can you use what you’ve got to get what you want–your goals, aspirations, the power to use your gifts?