As a woman working in as an anesthesia provider amongst a predominant sea of male surgeons, I had a love-hate relationship with personal power. I wanted to be respected, but didn’t want to be a biatch. But is that what power really is? A balance between not being walked all over and being aggressive?

Like me, many women, think of the word power and visualize pictures of dominating, demanding, “I’m the boss and I’m gonna make sure you know it” kind of behavior. Without even realizing it we create beliefs about what power is, that aren’t even accurate.

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What power is not

Power actually has nothing to do with behavior and more to do with a state of being. Thus, when we use words such as dominating, fake, irresponsible, dishonest, inability to keep our word to ourselves and others, perfectionism, arrogance, impatience…those are all behaviors that affect our environment (aka our results). It would be accurate to state that these behaviors would not be consistent with someone who owns their power.

So what is power?

Power is owning your ability to create all the results and outcomes you have in your life. Likewise owning the ability to change any outcomes we are not happy with. When you create the identity and beliefs that support you in your endeavors to hold yourself accountable it changes your behaviors that affect your results.

Power is being unapologetically authentic, confident, honest, keeping with self-integrity, and allowing our intuition to guide us.

When you own your power you take 100% responsibility for your life and the choices you make.

Here are 7 Ways to Step into Your Power as a Female Entrepreneur

1. Be Authentic- your story is what makes you unique. And, I do mean the whole story, not just the pretty parts that you package up using the latest marketing tricks and your best copy magic on to sound picturesque. The mud you have been drug through in life to get to the point where you are at right now is important. It is part of your karmic journey, and it all happened to you so you could learn a lesson. What lesson did you learn? That lesson is what makes you profitable. Remember this: No one else can share your story. You 100% own the rights to it. That is your money maker. Don’t dress it up, keep it raw and un-cut. That is what people relate to.

 

2. Self-Integrity is #1- Our whole lives we have developed habits that either serve us and our success, or don’t. If not keeping your word to yourself is one of them, you need to find a way to make that a priority. When we say we are going to do something, but don’t. Or when we say we are going to be somewhere at a certain time, but show up late. We are not keeping with self-integrity. Your external environment is a mirror image of your internal environment. So if you can’t keep your word to yourself, how can you expect to keep your word to your clients.

 

3. Self-Integrity is #1- Our whole lives we have developed habits that either serve us and our success, or don’t. If not keeping your word to yourself is one of them, you need to find a way to make that a priority. When we say we are going to do something, but don’t. Or when we say we are going to be somewhere at a certain time, but show up late. We are not keeping with self-integrity. Your external environment is a mirror image of your internal environment. So if you can’t keep your word to yourself, how can you expect to keep your word to your clients.

 

4. Speak your truth. Don’t swallow your words. Energy that comes into your body, either positive or negative, cannot be created nor destroyed. It can only be transmuted. So if you simply hold on to ill feelings and you don’t release what you need to release to be at peace with the situation that caused the emotion, you just bury that emotion inside your physical body. This is what leads to depression, anxiety, and physical ailments. I’m not saying to lash out at people, but you can communicate effectively your position on matters that effect you in a calm and rational manner.

 

5. Speak your truth. Don’t swallow your words. Energy that comes into your body, either positive or negative, cannot be created nor destroyed. It can only be transmuted. So if you simply hold on to ill feelings and you don’t release what you need to release to be at peace with the situation that caused the emotion, you just bury that emotion inside your physical body. This is what leads to depression, anxiety, and physical ailments. I’m not saying to lash out at people, but you can communicate effectively your position on matters that effect you in a calm and rational manner.

 

6.  Listen to your Intuition – We all have an inner voice that is either a dull whisper or a loud roar. Give yourself the quiet time to listen to your intuition. Stop “Doing” for at least10 minutes each day and start just “Being”. We’re called human beings and not human doings for a reason. Listening to your intuition will tell you what’s really important to YOU. It will lead you to a path of greater authenticity. It will give you clarity on what you really want and it will give you greater confidence.

 

7.  Dump the Inner Critic and Hire the Guide – Our thoughts and emotions have an incredible ability to either give us power or take our power away. Every time you find yourself comparing yourself to others, putting yourself down, limiting your capabilities, or have envy in what others have accomplished, you give your power away. There are no limits to who you can be or what you can do, except for the limits in your mind.

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