What needs to happen before we feel like pressing a work-life reset button? Sometimes it takes a monumental shift or it can be a smaller act that is the catalyst for change. Fawn Germer, best-selling author, Pulitzer prize nominated journalist and keynote speaker, has had times in her life that lead her from a place of unknown to a shining sense of empowerment and it all started with a job in journalism and a boss who did everything to keep her from advancing.
If you have ever hesitated to step outside of your comfort zone or resisted making a change for fear of failure, Fawn shared 10 inspirational tips to help you make your first move to taking action.
- Don’t let others define who you are. Fawn shared how she worked for a really difficult boss and the moment she realized that his attempts to hold her back was his problem she felt free to take action.
- Push through to the other side. After writing 29 letters to Oprah, Fawn’s first book “Hard Won Wisdom” was featured as a “Must Read” on Oprah’s show. Listen to the interview to hear what happened next.
- Dig deep and be prepared. All really good things to happen in our lives don’t come easy and when we expect obstacles it gives us inner power to be flexible to alter our plan without stopping in our tracks.
- Always believe in who you are. This is a biggie that most of us struggle with and yet we can feel totally liberated if we stop looking at the small things we wish we had or could do and celebrate who we are. Fawn shared a personal insight about herself and how she accepts the truth and ignores imperfections.
- Positive affirmations have power to make real change. Sometimes words can’t always wash away sadness or despair like a death of a family member. Choose words that allow you to move into the emotion and be kind to yourself in where you are on the journey.
“I do believe I am feeling stronger every day” –Fawn Germer.
- Practice makes reality happen. Fawn recommends if you write down an idea 50x a day for 2 weeks, and 25x a day for 2 weeks and 10x a day for 2 weeks, change will come and you will have re-written the script.
- “Fall down seven times get up eight”. This Japanese Proverb that highlights the importance and necessity to get up one more time.
- Segment your work life. Realize that work is not who you are-don’t measure yourself by it. People in your life and the difference you make should be the method you use to be your best self.
- Choose Optimism. If you are feeling risk adverse or afraid of failure, go towards the feeling and decide to pass through it.
- Setting a goal is about finding clarity. Fawn shared how in her best-selling book “Work-Life Reset” finding what you love, taking time to disengage will lead to clarity of knowing what to do next.
You can find more about Fawn at www.fawngermer.com where there are fantastic resources, her books and information about keynote speaking and more.
If you would like to talk about the tips in this interview and find how to push through, reach out to me, I love hearing from you!