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.
Natasha Rowe- REALTOR® & Influencer
You have to be uncomfortable before you can get comfortable. There will never be a challenge too big or too great, its up to you to choose your destiny. Look at each challenge or obstacle as a puzzle piece. You may get frustrated or overwhelmed at times not knowing that you need each and everyone of those pieces in order to complete entire masterpiece. Every challenge you face is to mold you and prepare you for what’s to come so don’t EVER EVER give up. Keep pushing forward, continue to put out positive energy and vibrate at a high frequency. Weather the storm, there is always a rainbow that follows! Proverbs 3:5-6
“”Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding: In All Your Ways Submit To Him And He Will Make Your Paths Straight.””
A’sha Hall – Online Boutique Owner | Personal/Window Stylist | Fashion Merchandiser
When overwhelmed and facing a challenge I learned that you can CHOOSE how to respond to it. So to start, I give myself a few minutes alone to process my emotions and feelings – I GET IT ALL OUT. Now that I have taken the emotion out of the situation, I make up in my mind that I will NOT be defeated by this (issue/challenge). Stress management has SERIOUSLY been such a vital part of my growth as a person. I then take a step back, assess the situation and get mentally organized. I’ve found that if I write the challenge on paper or make a list of all that I have to accomplish, I can map out a good way to conquer all the moving parts one by one. I like to scratch off each task on the list as I accomplish it. The tasks are small goals; and small goals help you reach big goals. Next I seek help! Whether it’s a personal challenge that requires prayer or a business challenge that requires me to delegate/outsource, I do what I have to do to get through the challenge and focus on the main goal. Just remember – stay calm in your spirit, keep positive thoughts and energy around you, NO NEGATIVE TALK (you have what you say), and stay encouraged (even though it’s hard). This is JUST a challenge…not the end of the world. It was sent to teach you and build your character. So learn the lesson…and keep building a better you. YOU WILL MAKE IT THROUGH!
Athletic Trainer / Coach & Breast Cancer Advocate
My Advice in FIVE Steps: First step- clear your space, work area, car, or room you are in most of the time- this helps to destress while focusing on a simple task. Second step- Sit in a clean area and clear your mind by focusing on peace and let light shine in that problematic area of your life, allow positive energy to flow here, (brain dump by writing your goals step by step). Third Step- Have a no nonsense approach to a resolution not the problem, have a desire so big that the problem has to subside (your why). Fourth Step – Move, Move with faith- whats the use of complaining about a situation if you are just going to let it continue? Step Five – Move with action – get up and workout, walk, ride a bike, be in the space of happiness and allow your body to stay in that state for as long as possible. Repeat this daily until your mind and body are out of the insurmountable challenge.
Siri ~ Lifestyle Blogger
My advice for someone who is facing a challenge of insurmountable is to relax and take one thing at a time. there is nothing that can stop us from success, apart from our own fear. To overcome that fear we have to amend changes, that change comes from ones own thoughts and actions. objective thinking will allow us to make the right decision and keep going until we reach our goal. SUCCESS only comes to people who fight towards it and won’t stop till they get it! Remember, Nothing in life is easy. Happiness comes the day we stop comparing ourselves to other people. don’t let social media tell you that your life is miserable, what you see on it is only 25% of one’s life, because you can’t judge ones life across the screen. Take social media as a platform to learn from ; whether it be fashion or life advice. “No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork and determination a person can overcome anything.” ~ B. DODGE.
Tommasina Marlow Lash – yoga and meditation teacher
When I am facing something insurmountable, I get out of my head and make myself move so that eventually I can be still. Yoga teaches us to start on the outside and move inward. I could sit and let anxiety rise over whatever it is I feel I don’t know how to face. But, when I go and do something physical to release some of that energy, I can get closer to finding a solution. As I move I find myself releasing emotions and negative thoughts patterns. After I wear myself out and get it all out of my system, I sit. I sit and I watch my breath. I just breathe. Any time I begin to think, I watch my breath especially the space between the inhale and exhale. I become still and from that place I meditate. And, from that stillness, I return to peace. From that place of peace, I can break down that challenge before me and take the first step with clarity rather than anxiety. Then, I rinse and repeat, if I need to again find center. Any challenge is possible to face when broken down to smaller pieces but when it is overwhelming we have to start where we are and that might mean something as simple as going for a walk. I used to live crippled by anxiety and an autoimmune disease but am finding my way by using the tools I learned through yoga. I no longer even feel like the person I used to me. Sometimes it is the most simple things that make the impossible seem possible.
Linz B – Entrepreneur
The best advice I was ever given was to move with strategy and not EMOTION. Sometimes our emotion will get the best of us and we have to control it before the situation gets insurmountable. I would let the person know to take things day by day and in each day to treat themselves with kindness. Don’t be hard on yourself, try your best, and remind yourself that things will work out in the end.
Vicki Hughes – Creative Director & Designer
Take a a step back and allow yourself a moment to process what’s happening. Give yourself permission to have bad days because those days will help you clarify you path and turn into many more good days. So in those moments when everything feels insurmountable, allow yourself to realize you can do this… because you’ve been through bad days before… and you made it.
Dorothy Harris – Creative Director and Owner of J. Harris Designs (Classic Clutch Purse Line)
In my 70 years of living, I have faced several obstacles, many of which I believed were insurmountable. 100% of the time I turn to my faith for resolution.
Risha Lyons Growth Strategist
My advice to anyone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable, is to get really clear on why they feel that way, gaining clarity always helps identify the barriers you need to break down to uplevel, once you have that clarity work on debunking that limit- then release that limit. Its important that we understand that there is nothing that is not obtainable, some voyages in life just require a little patience because the journey is going to be longer and that’s okay. Enjoy the journey, trust your journey, and don’t forget to take notes along the way because there is always a lesson to be learned.
Dr. Dana C. Avey, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Expert Reiki Practitioner
Take a deep breath and reflect. Take a moment to remind yourself of the skills that you harness (“I’m a quick learner. I’ve been studying this for 6 months.” Etc.), and then remind yourself of times where you have overcome obstacles that felt immense (“I gave that speech in front of 50 people last year. I made my business profitable within the first year.” Etc.). Write these things down. Keep this list accessible. Pull it out and read it from time to time, especially when your mind is swirling with doubts.
Bekki Shae Smith, Realtor/Managing Partner, Red Barn Real Estate, Alpharetta Office
I would say: Keep moving forward. Don’t worry about what someone else is doing. Keep your head down and push through.
Stephanie McGary – salon owner/master stylist
If there’s a challenge that i feel is insurmountable the first thing I do is immediately change my thought process. Anything is possible and in order to achieve the insurmountable you have to believe in yourself. You are your greatest challenge, if you can get out of your own way you can do anything.
Jna Carter – Critical Care registered nurse and makeup artist
Have faith because things always work themselves out overtime & happen for a reason.
Janelle King- Registered Nurse & Blogger
Even though the outlook may look bleak, no challenge is insurmountable. My strategy has always been to step back from the situation and pray so I can gain clarity and look at the bigger picture. Break the problem down into smaller manageable tasks and celebrate these small wins. Small wins gives you momentum and a more positive attitude and outlook about the situation.
Carolyn BSN, RN aka @RNOnAMission
Everyone has to go through the process and the process is what builds our character and gives us strength to overcome each obstacle that comes our way.
Erin Marshall DIY+Lifestyle Blogger, Creative Business Owner
No challenge is too great to overcome. You have to allow yourself to be in your moment, strategize how to get past it, then move forward. As long as you have breath in your body, you can overcome whatever challenge comes your way.