Anytime I get the chance to share my thoughts with other women on how to become sassy, I’m one happy girlfriend! I was lucky enough to give a presentation to a group of awesome businesswomen with Key4women at Key Bank yesterday. Of course, I discussed the 6 steps to finding your inner sass— which was an extension of some of the principles that are presented in my book “31 Days to Finding Your Inner Sass”. I presented 6 key topics that are absolutely essential to happiness and success in your professional and personal life. I covered things like knowing your strengths, risk and change, communication skills, firm boundaries, baggage in your life and problem solving.
After the presentation, a woman came up to me and thanked me for sharing the information. And then she said, “You know, everything you talked about is just common sense. There’s nothing you spoke about that I already didn’t know”. I agreed with her wholeheartedly and told her that I was very aware of that fact. After I left the event, I spent the evening thinking about this.
In life, we get into our daily routines and go about our business. Often, we are so busy that we can’t see straight. We run from one meeting to the next, to picking up the dry cleaning, to picking up the kids, to running to the store, to running home to make dinner. We’re on overdrive and we’ve become quite proficient at getting as many things done at one time as possible. But the problem with this is the following— when we are running at such high speed and trying to fit everything into our schedule, we often miss the obvious.
Then suddenly, we stop and realize that we are unhappy. Whether it’s in our personal relationships or the satisfaction in our professional life, we know that something is just not right. It’s difficult for us to articulate exactly what the problem is, because we haven’t been feeling. We haven’t truly been checking in with ourselves to see how things are going. If we did, we wouldn’t be able to get all our “things” accomplished and, let’s face it; it’s just easier that way. Maybe we were feeling before and being diligent about leading a healthy life, but slowly, we fell back into our unhealthy patterns. When we do finally check in, we don’t like what we find and we’re not sure what to make of it or how to get out of this place.
Yes, all of what I stress to being important to your health, happiness and success in life is common sense. However, the truth is that few of us are actually living our lives in this healthy manner every single day. On some level, we’re aware of these important principles. Often, however, we just stick that thought as far back in our minds as possible so we can continue to get things done. Only until life seems to bubble over and smack us in the face can we ignore it.
That’s where I come into the picture. I’m the reminder that you need to make some changes in your life. I’m the cold water in your face, warning you that you can no longer ignore those little pesky issues that are holding you back from being your best in your career and personal life. Because here’s the thing— those pesky little issues, as common sense as they may be, become huge monster issues when left unaddressed. So I’m doing my best to make sure that you don’t let that happen. Here is your wake-up call, girlfriend— deal with that stuff now!