The Year of the Woman: Embracing Empowerment in 2020

Melinda Gates. Tory Burch. Sara Blakely. These are just a few of the successful, inspiring businesswomen who are lifting others up and making an impactful difference for women in business in 2019. They are effecting change in a way that absolutely resonates with our mission at Equita.

These women show how much we can accomplish when we have a clear vision, ignore the critics, support one another, and, most importantly—believe in ourselves.

So many of us suffer from imposter syndrome, don’t think we’re good enough, or don’t think we’re ready, when really we’re the most qualified person for the job or are the readiest we’ll ever be.

That’s why here at Equita, we’re calling 2020 the year for embracing empowerment.

Do you want to expand your network in 2020? Go for it. Make a career change? You’ve got this. Start your own company? You’re ready. Here are some of our favorite quotes from trailblazers on embracing your strengths and claiming your power that you can apply to your own life.

“So I think my story says that, when women are given the chance and the opportunity, that we can achieve a lot. We deliver.”

—Sara Blakely

“Think of negativity as noise. Believe in yourself and what you’re doing.”

—Tory Burch

 “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

—Sheryl Sandberg

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on.”

—Serena Williams

“All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.”

—Melinda Gates

“The research indicates that when we women invest, we women do tend to be more patient, take a longer-term perspective and as a result of it, tend to be better investors than men. But the messages we get are that investing is sort of ‘the guys world.’”

—Sallie Krawcheck

Ways Women Can Embrace Empowerment in 2020

In a blog post from earlier this year, we outlined ways in which you can overcome fear and harness your own voice to achieve what you really want in life. And as we look ahead to a new year full of possibility, there’s no better time to reflect back on those words of wisdom.

Here are some tips on how you can embrace your power to start your own business, start a new career, expand your network, or accomplish any other business goal on your list for 2020:

  1. Accept that it’s okay to have a reasonable amount of fear. The right kind and amount of fear can inspire you to find new opportunities, seek out new strategies, and keep striving for more.
  2. Know what to expect. Having a clear and realistic idea of what your first five years will look like will help you be more efficient and productive, and be more satisfied with the amount of work you accomplish. Having a realistic vision will also help you avoid burnout, which can be the biggest barrier to growth.
  3. Set goals for today and tomorrow. Establish daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for your business and give yourself tangible, achievable steps. Try the SMART Goals framework, which ensures your goals conform to a rigorous set of criteria (Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely).
  4. Find your tribe. You can avoid or manage stress overload by making sure you have a network of colleagues, centers of influence (COIs), friends, and family you can connect with and turn to when the going gets tough (and when things are going well!).

Reach out to Equita Financial Network Today

So much progress has been accomplished in 2019 for women and the world, and we at Equita think 2020 will be even more powerful. If you’re hoping to make some empowering strides in 2020 — like making a career change, starting your own company, or expanding your network — Equita is here to help. Reach out to us today.

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