I meet weekly with a group of ladies as part of an accountability group. AKA my tribe of BADASS WOMEN. The past couple of weeks I have been so appreciative of our support and encouragement for one another. I am reminded that support from like-minded genuine, authentic women can be empowering.
I often see/hear women compare and criticize one another. Women who don't want to see other women succeed. Women that want to keep us stuck on sticky floors rather than shattering glass ceilings. Discussing our goals and aspirations with overly critical people can be discouraging. Allowing ourselves to be swayed by others criticisms can keep us from applying for that promotion, college or graduate program. Keep us from taking risks and putting ourselves out there to be seen and heard. Surrounding ourselves with negative people stunts our growth and can negatively impact our self -esteem. These individuals can be our "friends" or family, and that makes it even more hurtful and difficult because their opinions matter to us.
So what should you do if you find yourself surrounded by negative Nancy's?
Build your own tribe. Find like-minded, supportive, goal driven women that aspire to be the best versions of themselves and encourage that in others. Surround yourself with women that promote growth. Women who wholeheartedly want the best for you and are going to provide you with constructive feedback. Women who are going to high five your accomplishments and genuinely be happy for your successes. We all need support and connection. Even the most successful independent person has their tribe of people they can count on. When you surround yourself with strong, encouraging, supportive women, you are setting yourself up for success. Find your tribe of BADASS women.