Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.
Sarah Baker – Fiber artist and fashion designer
We all face challenges that seem insurmountable while trying to reach our goals and dreams in life. When I take on a project that is too overwhelming or looks to big or tedious to complete I like to only focus on completely small parts instead of the whole project. As long as I’m consistently completing those small tasks I’ll eventually have a finished project! I’m a strong believer in perseverance and hard work paying off!
Marae Ajeto – Freelance Model & Executive Assistant
If you’re facing an insurmountable challenge, first thing you need to do is take a step back. We tend to get lost in the weeds, trying to figure out where to go next. Look at the bigger picture and devise an action plan to get you through.
Christina Rodriguez – Business Owner and Lifestyle Blogger
We all face challenges every single day. These challenges can be large or small and can be easily tackled or feel insurmountable. The trick is to change your mindset. Don’t allow yourself to say what you CANNOT do only allow yourself to ask HOW you can. I find that if instead of putting up roadblocks for ourselves we can push ourselves to look around and through what we feel are obstacles; we can then allow ourselves the opportunity to tackle them. I’ve been given the opportunity to learn and grow through many obstacles that seemed impossible including assault that ultimately lead me to walk away from a full scholarship when in college, job loss, a long and complicated divorce just to name just a few. I made it through and while each of obstacles seemed impossible to face I did it by focusing on how I’d feel when I pushed past the fear, pain, and uncertainty. I focused on HOW to change my circumstances and didn’t allow myself to fall victim to roadblocks. I’ve since remarried, started businesses, and I have grown in more ways than I ever imagined I could. Change your mindset and you will find that you are more free, even while facing challenges, than you ever thought possible.
Erica-Founder of She Is Undefeated INC
My advice would be to first have extreme faith. Nothing is too difficult to overcome, sometimes we just have to use different ways/methods to accomplish it and it may take us more than one attempt. This does not mean it cant be conquered. Have faith in yourself and believe in what you’re doing. All things can work for our Good if we keep God first and continue to passionate about our goals.
Shani Wilson the Traveling Lifestyle Blogger
Life happens to us in phases and chapters. These phases and chapters come with an array of challenges, opticals, upgrades, and blessings that force us to grow. That growth comes for the prayers that we have asked to be answered. And in every situation God provides the resources, love, strength, and guidance you need to get through and Faith is required. Believe that you can and will get through whatever challenge you are facing and that God will always be by your side.
Keisha Ling – Rapper
You are bigger and stronger than your challenge, that’s why it’s yours. Always remember your goal and why you started.
Morgan Reid, Mommy Blogger
I draw inspiration from people that have overcome great challenges and beat the odds—Oprah, Maya Angelou, The Obamas, for example. We all have the power to create our own narrative. Find the first step, and go for it!
Natalie Edwards- Influencer & Content Creator
Have faith in something bigger than the challenges you’re facing, that will carry you through.
Gabby Pozin- NASM CPT & Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Get comfortable being uncomfortable. The greatest thing you can accomplish is something you didn’t think you could.
Megan Langley – Personal Trainer
You don’t have to have one plan. There’s Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, D, E, F, G… Change the way you think when you approach failure. Keep your eyes on the goal, and it won’t matter if this is your first or fifteenth try. All that will matter is the failure forward and a step closer to the endgame. I’ve come to realize that many of the challenges I’ve faced felt intensely insurmountable… yet here I am.
Shakeya Johnson- Personal Trainer & Online Coach
When facing tough situations surround yourself in love. From your own personal thoughts to the people around you. When you are full of love you feel strong, grateful, and empowered. Allowing yourself to find strength you never knew you had. You’ll use that new found strength to push through that obstacle.
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Mya C. Hunt – Food Enthusiast & Book Lover
When facing a challenge, don’t be afraid to sleep on the issue and start a clean slate after you wake up. The pressure to address and handle things right away doesn’t always produce the best outcome. Take time to let things marinate, and you’d be surprised with how solutions suddenly start to appear 🙂
Christine Waters – Mental Health Therapist and Travel Blogger
The best advice I can give to someone facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge is to break it down into pieces. Nothing is as scary or hard if you can break it down into small achievable goals. It also helps you see yourself making progress through the challenge!
Chelsea Drda – Doctor of Chiropractic & Empowerment Speaker
My first step in facing a challenge is always returning to self care. We know that stress and anxiety shut down higher brain functions, so the more anxious you are about a problem, the harder it will be to solve! Unplug, take deep breaths (have you tried box breathing yet?), get outside for a walk, take a nap, get cozy in the bath with a book, and/or do something that makes your heart sing (I love coloring!). It may seem counterproductive to take time and energy away from trying to solve the problem, but if you allow your brain and body to re-set, scientists suggests you will see improvement in your attention, problem-solving skills, memory, connection with others, and ability to think more clearly. If you still need a perspective shift, try this video or send me a DM, let’s chat about it!
Brianna Smith- Personal Trainer
Don’t ever doubt yourself! If it’s something you really want or something you’re passionate about give it your all and watch it blossom. So many times we miss out on opportunities because we don’t think it’s something we can achieve. You have to have the mindset that you can surpass all uncertainty. Occasionally things can feel out of reach but life is too short to settle. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to grow!
Funmi Ford- Content Creator
When facing a challenge that seems like you cannot overcome, I would advice that you step away from the issue for a moment. Mentally, physically and emotionally let it go so you can think clearly when you come back. It’s like when you’re looking at a puzzle, sometimes when you step away and come back to it, you find where that one piece that’s been alluding you goes in to complete the picture. After you’ve taken a moment and came back and there’s still no solutions, ask a friend or family member for help. Sound off with them and get any ideas that they may have. Last but not least, pray about it. Ask God for guidance and for the strength to overcome and crush that challenge.
Lindsey Caron – Business Coach
Break the challenge down into steps, and create an action plan for each step. It’s a lot less daunting focusing on one step, than focusing on the finish line. Make sure to celebrate each win along the way, to keep your motivation and positive vibes high.
Marlo Harris of Succulent Eats and Drinks, LLC
Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. What were your goals when you started? What have you achieved so far? No matter what the day brings, don’t forget that each new morning brings a new opportunity to get it right. Try your best to work towards your goals every day, celebrate the small successes and big achievements will surely follow if you stay focus and keep faith!
Sydney Bishop – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Every challenge is an opportunity for personal growth. Any time a task ahead seems insurmountable, never give up on your goal to overcome it. Take it one day at a time and remember to give yourself grace on the rough days. Once you’re on the other side, you are a stronger person and will have likely learned something about yourself that you did not already know.