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International Women’s Day: 5 Tips to Create Your Own Success

This Saturday, March 8th, 2014, marks the 106th International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. In some countries, it’s a national holiday. In others, it’s simply a day that is reserved to inspire and celebrate women’s achievements.

Whether you’re attending one of the many celebrations that are held throughout the world, or you are spending the day at home, why not make this day about celebrating your personal achievements too. I want you to use this day and take a few moments to reflect on your own achievements in life (we all have some!), and to re-focus your energy on your future ambitions and goals. Both women and men are invited to try this. Here are some tips to get you started:

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Sometimes it’s important to start by being thankful for what you have in life, and for what you have already achieved. We often get caught up in our busy day-to-day lives that we forget to just take a moment and congratulate ourselves for all the wonderful things we’ve achieved so far in our life. Look around you, list 5 things you’re grateful for.

Keep a Goals Journal

When you notice all the wonderful things you’ve achieved in your life, you’ll probably feel remarkably motivated to create a new list of things to achieve for your future. Take out a piece of paper or start a new journal. Write down 1-3 things you want to achieve over the next week, month, and year. Be bold with your goals. It’s important push the boundaries of your comfort zone; that’s how success is made. Which leads us to the next tip:

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone – Regularly

We all need our own “zone” in which we feel comfortable and safe. It helps us to relax, unwind, and de-stress. The problem with comfort zones is they feel so safe and cozy inside, once you’re there, it’s really hard to step outside again. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” is one of my favourite quotes by Jack Canfield. It’s a fantastic reminder that everything you want to achieve in life, those mammoth goals you wrote down in your goals journal from tip two above, are not going to be found inside your comfort zone. You have to step over your fear and get them.

Practice Confident Body Language

This is a topic that I talk about regularly in the Executive Impressions blog, and yes, it made it into this list. Why? Because body language has such a huge impact on our mindset, and what we feel we can achieve in life. Confident body language not only changes the way others see you, it also changes the way you feel about yourself. Who wouldn’t want to feel more confident and positive everyday. To get concrete tips on body language, take a look at these previous blog posts: “Powerful Body Language for Confident, Elegant Women” and “Five Body Language Secrets for a Powerful, Professional Image”.

Make a List of Inspirational Leaders, Mentors and Guides

It’s important to have concrete images and examples of people who have achieved things similar to what you want to achieve. If there is somebody in your company whom you look up to, try to connect with them to find out what you can do to become successful like them. If you’re an entrepreneur, find other successful entrepreneurs who would be willing to mentor you and push you closer to success. If your inspirational guides are famous, have they written any books about their journey? If so, read them.

Success is a mindset. These 5 tips will hopefully put you in the right mindset to go after the success that you want. Maybe you will be one of the women who are celebrated on this day in the future.

I want to leave you with a quote by Henry Ford,

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right!”

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What motivational tips do you use to push yourself toward success? Leave a comment below.

About Kara

Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox