Embracing your inner ambitions as a woman can be very difficult, and this has led to most women not admitting the fact that they are ambitious. They are perceived to be less likeable, promotable and hirable whenever they try to speak up or pursue their goals because they are seen to be lesser than men.
Everyone has ambition, the desire and determination to succeed, but as women, we let go of our ambitions, opportunities and the zeal to succeed for fear of being criticized.
Women are relentless when it comes to their ambition at the start of their career, they pursue their ambitions with all zeal and passion, and nothing ever makes them back down. When they try to achieve their goals, try new things and have audacious determinations they are termed as being bossy because that’s how the society works, so they let their guards down and stay in the shadows despite their accomplishments.
How to work on your inner ambitions
Ambitious women are seen as being smart, confident and driven, but still, they stand back due to lack of support. If you’ve been in these shoes before, its not too late to get that old spark back. Here are four effective ways you can embrace your inner ambition and live a happier and more fulfilled life.
1. Adjust your mindset
Do you struggle with self-doubt? Are you unconsciously involved in the habit of telling yourself you can’t do it? What are those inner barriers you are struggling with that are holding you back? Are you being weighed down by gender inequality at your workplace?
You need to examine yourself critically and see where the loopholes are coming from. Do not allow societal norms to deter your success.
2. Build a team
Building a good relationship with others at your workplace is a strategic way of selling your ideas and building influence. The complexities and frustration that comes from your job can be reduced through the help of your team.
Its obvious you will face the backlash effect of publicly sharing your ambition, but you can confidently confide in your team. Team members encourage each other’s progress and support their ambitions. Also having a good sponsor among your team helps you rise to the top with a speed of light.
3. Know what you bring to the table
The way you do your work and contribute to positive business outcome is your value proposition. Learn to value yourself so others can value you.
Even though you don’t celebrate your accomplishments publicly ensure you celebrate yourself privately. In order for you to achieve your ambitions to identify your talent, this helps you to effectively reach your goals and promote yourself.
4. Advocate for others in the workplace
Being in the position of leadership is an advantage to you. You can use your position and authority to help others who are suffering from the backlash effect of implicit gender bias, organize workshops that would help increase efficiency and help support ambitions.