Quotes For Women by Women

Successful women's quotesI’m sure like me you see all sorts of quotes posted these days, on social media or just as part of an article or something.

What I have realised though is that there are a lot of inspirational quotes from women who have been successful in their field. And many of these are also targeted at other women.

And as what I do is help women be successful I thought I might collate a few to share with you.

So here you are a selection of well known, and not so well known, quotes by women, and often for women as well.

I hope you enjoy them, and do let me know of any more!

Don’t just stand for the success of other women, insist on it.
Gail Blanke, President and CEO, Lifedesigns

Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.
Julie Andrews

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that so it goes on flying anyway.
Mary Kay Ash

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
Ayn Rand

A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult
Melinda Gates

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough
Mae West

In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential.
Suze Orman

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live
Anne Sweeney (President,Walt Disney)

A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Harriet Braiker

Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.
Barbara De Angelis

I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.
Virginia Rometty (CEO of IBM)

We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change. Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook)

Big doesn’t necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren’t better than violets.
Edna Ferber

Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.
Debbie Ford

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been, had you not been afraid to live it?
Carolyn Myss

These are just a selection of the many out there. Worth reading and contemplating though. There is plenty to think on .

How could you take some of these words and change the way you think or look at something? What difference could that make to you?

Do You Deserve A VIP Vision Day? Competition Time!

Get thsoe ideas and visions on paperOne of the things that has come to me as I was looking at what I wanted to do this year is to offer a VIP Vision Day on me.

Most of the ladies I work with are keen and focused and wanting to move forward with their business, they enjoy sharing experiences, learning and having fun, even so I know you may be at the early stages of your business and are reluctant to invest much when you are not yet quite clear what is happening and how fast things will take off.

Or maybe you kind of know what you want to create but just feel you’re drifting around as you’re not quite clear enough.

I understand this can be a challenge, you want to invest in yourself and your business yet you are running a tight ship. So I have decided to offer a VIP Vision Day on scholarship to one lucky lady. This is normally $1200, so a fabulous saving.

To decide who this will be I am asking you to submit a short video or brief written proposal telling me why I should pick you.

All you have to do is submit your video or written proposal to jm [at] authenticedge . co . uk by 21 January.

What exactly is the VIP Vision Day?
In brief it is a day spent 121 (virtually) with me where we focus entirely on your goals and your vision for your business. And not just what you think it should be, what you really truly want. Because it is so much easier to plan everything else and even set up the structures of your business when you know exactly what you want to achieve.

We will work through a number of exercises, some together, some you will do on your own. Some are practical, some more intuitive. We will aim at the end of the day to come up with a few statements that summarize exactly what you really want to achieve in and with your business. Your heart centered vision.

From there you have something to build on and something to work towards and probably also some idea of who you would like to be in the process and who you would love to serve.

Whether you really want to work out what your big vision is, or you generally know and just want some clarity this day can help you brush away the doubts, get really focused and be ready to leap forward.

Last time I did a competition for a VIP Day, the lady concerned not only got clarity on her vision and reassurance about who she wanted to work with, she also picked up a new client and a new referral partner within three days!

Are YOU A Fascinating Female Entrepreneur?

Talk about your business, calling all female entrepreneursOne of the things that became clear to me when I was reviewing last year and setting my intentions for 2014 was that I wanted to talk to more female entrepreneurs.

As well as regular coaching, I have done quite a few Business Strategy Sessions with women entrepreneurs and I always enjoy hearing about their business and their journey.

Sometimes it leads to us deciding to work together, sometimes its just a good conversation. It doesn’t really matter, either way I enjoy the chat and I can still support them and give some suggestions for next steps.

So I have decided to create a slot where I can chat to other female entrepreneurs and find out about their business. And hopefully I can also give a few pointers to take them forward as well.

I am also looking at doing some interviews with female entrepreneurs, particularly those who are following their heart in their business and using things like intuition as business tools.

So watch this space for more information as these ideas develop, and if you feel interested in either a chat to me and some guidance for your business, or taking part in an interview then please let me know directly.

I am looking forward to this, I think it will get quite exciting!

If you would like to schedule a Strategy Session just send an email to ss @ ae8.biz to arrange a complimentary chat.

How To Make Best Use of Your Time

Authentic Edge - juggling workIt’s an age old problem isn’t it? Especially for entrepreneurs, who always have too much to do.

One of the easiest things to do to manage time well is to decide what is most important, and then do it. In other words always put first things first. Because really its not time you need to manage , its you! “Time management” is actually about prioritising the time you have.

Start by writing up a prioritised “To Do” list every day, it’s a good idea to do those at the end of the day ready for the next morning.

To help with prioritising, look at each item on your to do list and ask yourself whether it will move you closer towards achieving your goals. If the answer is ‘no’, then only do that task after you have done the other tasks that will.

Don’t procrastinate – especially with jobs that might seem difficult or unpleasant. You have no doubt heard the quote ‘If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it too long!’ Work out the time of the day that you are most creative and productive and use that part of each day for your most important tasks.

Remember the 80:20 rule… ie that 20% of the effort usually generates 80% of the results. Make sure you identify (and do) everything in that 20% group.

According to Sir John Harvey-Jones, “leaders should only do what only they can do”.

So ask yourself the question ‘How much of my time is spent doing work I am over skilled for?’ Multiply that figure by how much your time is worth an hour (remember manual workers like mechanics are regularly charged out at £40+ an hour) to calculate the money you are wasting every year by being ineffective at delegating. And then multiply that figure by the number of years until you retire to give you an estimate of the money you can save by becoming a really effective delegator.

If you have terrified yourself at the thought of all those hundreds of thousands of pounds going to waste, invest a couple in The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey (Ken Blanchard, Harper Collins). It will show you how to simply, quickly and easily reclaim the time and money that is rightfully yours by mastering the art of delegation.

Once you master the art of delegation yourself, help everyone else in your business to master it too. That way everybody will be able to delegate large parts of their workload – saving you an enormous amount of money and creating a much more satisfying work environment.

A couple more ideas to help you:

Make meetings quicker, more effective and less wasteful by: holding them standing up (where appropriate), holding them at 5.30pm (will tend to be much shorter than 10am meetings!), circulating a written agenda beforehand (makes objectives clear and allows people to opt out if not relevant) and agreeing an action plan before departing.

Invest in a small handheld dictating machine, or better still get a decent App on your mobile, then you will always ahve it with you. Whenever you are on the move, use it to dictate letters etc and (even more importantly) to capture all those great ideas that tend to crop up at the least convenient times.

If you actually apply some or all of these ideas, your days should have more time availble for the things you love to do and the things that you want to do. Are you willing to make that effort?