On a quick dash thru Neiman Marcus in downtown Minneapolis a few years ago, I stopped just long enough to snap this picture.
What caught my eye was not the cashmere sweater collection it promoted.
Instead, it flashed me back to exciting memories of my former career as professional plus-size runway model, garment fit model and agency owner – when I amassed a smile-inducing collection of mannequins and fashion fit forms.
I smiled, snapped this photo, and then it struck me:
What stopped me in my tracks was how this display portrayed SO many aspects of the business of life we each lead as professional women…
The rich, colorful tapestry we each weave in creating what becomes our life story – as we lead and live our work and life – in our own special way. Every stage. Every day.
The layers that complicate us – confine us – comfort us – challenge us – complete us?
Our many shades beyond grey.
In that complexity, I want to help bring clarity to the often-exciting, often-overwhelming realities of achieving Success. And Happiness. As you define each for yourself.
The key to Success? (and Happiness?)
Owning It… With CONFIDENCE.
Where to begin? Start here:
1. SELECT YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS!
That’s it! THE often-overlooked first non-negotiable step: Achieving the Success & Happiness you crave begins with Selecting Yourself!
The tough thing about Success? It’s up to you.
The GREAT thing about Success? It’s Up To YOU!
SUCCESS? IT’S UP TO YOU.
Know What You Want. Laser-focus it. Name it. Courageously commit by making it non-negotiable. Grab a quick break and get in front of a mirror and self-talk-it if you need to.
Realize goals worth reaching – the goals you value – are rarely achieved in one-fell-swoop of BOLD Success. Success happens in a series of baby BOLD steps along the way – some forward, and yes, some back. Sometimes more back then forward.
Success is a choice you make. As is Happiness.
What matters is that YOU believe in YOU.
CONFIDENCE IS Believing In Yourself(!) even in that moment – especially in that moment – when it’s easier not to.
(Or why would anyone else believe in you, if you don’t believe in fabulous you? When YOU believe in you, others believe in you, too!)
Thinking this advice applies only for young professionals, early in our careers? Think again.
At every age and every stage of your work and life, to GET what you want you need to KNOW what you want.
Achieving what you want begins when you commit, when you OWN IT with CONFIDENCE … by Selecting Yourself For Success!
DO ONE BOLD THING:
Select Yourself For Success!
OWN IT… WITH CONFIDENCE.
Achieve The Success (& Happiness) You Crave.
© 1993-2014 Ann Ulrich, Owning It! at THE BOLD! FACTOR® Award-Winning Leader, Trusted Advisor & Women’s Empowerment Conference Speaker, Encouraging & Inspiring Women To Lead With CONFIDENCE. AnnUlrich.com
PHOTO: I snapped this shot at Neiman Marcus, downtown Minneapolis (before NM left Mpls) as an inspiring reminder of the fit form collection I owned in my former career as professional plus-size model and agency owner – and how it applies in so many ways to the business of life for professional women… whose success & happiness I passionately champion at THE BOLD! FACTOR®.