Vibrant Women Social Entrepreneurs Defined
Vibrant women as social entrepreneurs are leaders that work to make positive changes in your community and in society as a whole.
There’s one thing that you need to know and understand:
Success has lots of parents, but failure is an orphan.
When things are successful, make sure the whole team, the group, everyone who works hard gets credit for their part.
That’s what real leaders do; they acknowledge the efforts of their team. Real leaders will not take all the credit for the overall goals.
But you must also keep in mind that when there are mistakes and failures (or perceived failures) and you mess up (which will happen from time to time).
Or, you make choices that seem “crazy” to some people, you must have the strength to be able to stand alone, because you’re going to be there by yourself taking all the heat.
Taking the heat comes with the territory of being a social entrepreneur, and you need to be okay with that.
If you’re not okay with that, then you’re in the wrong line of work.
Should you be okay with it, prepare yourself for it.
1. Vibrant Women Prepare Themselves For The Heatwave
So how do you do it? How do you build up the strength to stand tall in the face of opposition, ridicule, or failure?
One way that works very well is to start journaling, and always refer back to your journal as positive reinforcement.
I know, you hear that a lot, right? Experts are always recommending it, and it has become a very popular thing to do…
But that’s because it works!
And in these days and times journaling can be as simple as speaking into your cell phone on a recording app, or, of course, you can do it the old fashion way of taking paper and pencil and writing it down.
Here’s what I suggest you do to start.
- Write down or record your goals
- Record your blessings – the things that you are grateful for
- Journal your values
The point is that when you take your thoughts out of your head, put them somewhere and hear them back or see them back, you begin to fuel yourself with the courage you need to withstand anything anyone throws at you.
When you keep your goals, blessings, and values top of mind, you will not allow anyone to bring you down, or stop you from picking yourself back up and moving forward.
This also works for helping you to be brave enough to use the power you have.
2. Vibrant Women Own Their Personal Power
Some social entrepreneurs often say they have to do things a certain way because that’s the “norm.”
I hear the phrase, “I have to” or “I’m supposed to” all the time.
But what I want you to understand is that you don’t “have to” do anything that you don’t want to do.
Just because a certain thing gets complete one way doesn’t mean that that’s the best way to do it.
Stop thinking that you don’t have a choice, because you most certainly do.
You’re a leader! It’s time to stop fearing when to make your own choices!
As a leader, you have the power to drive change, and change will NOT happen if you surrender to fear.
You need to share the solutions you come up with.
They are hiding in your brain for too long probably because you’re too scared to implement.
How long are you going to sit back and worry about what other people think?
When are you going to start being true to yourself?
I always tell leaders — especially young leaders — that they can choose. They have a choice in how they think and act; so stop being afraid to do what you feel you have to do.
It all comes down to this:
Are you going to do you and be a real leader that produces change, or are you going to continue to be a fake leader that swims in fear when things get tough?
About Dr. Geneva
Dr. Geneva J. Williams is a Master Leadership Strategist & Vibrant Life Architect. She is also the reigning Ms. Black Fit and Fine.
For information on her new course, “The Vibrant Life Blueprint,” go here.
Speaker, Author, Thought-Leader… and I really like this one, vibrant living culture creator; Golden Soror of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Michigan Women’s Commission Appointee. With more than forty years of expertise in business management and personal development, I also have the distinction of receiving the NAWBO Top Businesswoman Award and the Booker T. Washington Legacy Award.