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How do you measure you?

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In my last article I talked about why I chose to create a sisterhood that inspires women and I listed 5 reasons why I believe it rocks to be a woman. If you have not read the whole article it’s definitely worth reading. Click on this link to see the Why a Sisterhood article.

Item #4 in the list of why it rocks to be a woman is “Women focus on enjoying the journey and get achievements as a result of finding joy in the journey. Men focus on achievements and results while getting joy in the journey is a side benefit to their achievements.”
Many people read this and only see a small subtle difference in how a man and woman process. I encourage you to take a deep breath, open your heart and really focus on the difference in the energy of these two sentences.

We are living in one of the most interesting times ever! Think of all the modern conveniences we have today that did not exist just a couple generations ago. The world we live in today is a million miles away from the world our grandmothers and great grandmothers lived in. Do you realize we have only had automatic washing machines for 76 years? And I feel overwhelmed keeping up with laundry even with an automatic washing machine. Think of some of the other modern conveniences that make your life easier today.
Just a few short years ago, before all those inventions came about life was physically much tougher than it is today. Our grandmothers and great grandmothers had to physically work hard to complete day to day tasks of necessity.

Even with all the advances and the easier physical life, I meet so many women today who are disconnected from their true selves. Why would we be so disconnected when life in the physical sense is so much easier with all these modern conveniences?
I believe the answer to this question lies in the differences in item #4 from my last blog. As more and more modern conveniences have come about, we stopped focusing on living and started focusing on acquiring. Society shifted into focusing on results and achievements and taught us that our greatest assets are material possessions. This has caused many women to get caught up in a game of keeping up with the Jones. Society norms have set us up for lives that leave us trapped in believing that things, like the cars that we drive, the houses that we live in and our job title, define who we are.

These norms have caused women to adopt external scorecards for measuring and shifted us to focusing on results and achievements, instead of measuring with an internal scorecard that focuses on enjoying the journey. This prevents women from being connected to our internal true selves. We, as women in our core essence, are here to embrace all the joys of life. In that space we are motivated by what feels good and how much we are enjoying our journey.

Are you motivated by an internal or external scorecard? I encourage you to ask yourself the following questions. Be still, open your heart and get real with yourself about the answers…big lessons lie within your answers.

1. Who are you?
2. How often do you feel disconnected from your true self at your core essence?
3. What motivates you to do your life every day?
4. What are you enjoying most about life’s journey?
5. What are your greatest assets?

In the next article, on Sunday, we will discuss some of these questions more in depth and…we just might talk about some of the responses women give to these questions.

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