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Women are very complex creatures. Powerful, yes. Smart, you bet. But when it comes down to it we have needs that have to be met so that we can feel good about ourselves at work.
So many women show up to work and are moody, fatigued and are unable to interact with others the way they want to. These symptoms are common in women and they hold us back from showcasing our unique talents at work. If you really want to kick-butt at work try to include a supplement like Maca Powder. I’ve used this for four years now. It balances your hormones and improves moodiness. I was a moody mess before I incorporated it into my routine!
Below, I’ve listed out some golden rules to coexist peacefully with that other smart girl at your job.
1. Always respect her knowledge
There’s nothing worse than when you feel like you excel at your job, and then someone sees that and takes it upon themselves to interrupt your flow.
Basically, they hijack your conversation with a client, answer questions for you, and impose themselves upon situations to try and take the credit and give the appearance of importance.
You were actually doing fine, thank you very much!
When you work with another confident woman take a quiet moment to yourself and reflect on what she brings to the table. This is a smart cookie just like you.
So there’s no need to try to beat each other in a quest for power.
She’s been through a different set of experiences than you. And you know the saying that you can learn something from everyone that you meet.
No one is better than anyone else.
Mutual respect and a mature outlook are what leaders are made of.
2. Understand her drive
She’s a confident girl. You’re a confident girl. There’s no need for a stare down! Or, a competition.
Sometimes society likes to pit women against each other.
That and the fact that we are hardwired to compete for the most suitable mate. But for now, let’s look past all of the biological and societal constructs.
The confident girl that you work with wants the exact same things that you want.
What are those?
She wants to feel like she’s important and needed. She wants to accomplish big things. And most importantly, she wants to feel like she is closer to her dreams of success.
When you look at the situation through her eyes you can relate to her motivation and her hustle. In a way, you can admire it because your drive comes from the same deep place within yourself. Once you understand that you have the same strong drive, you can work together as a team.
3. Set boundaries when necessary
As humans, we try to push boundaries. Naturally, we walk into a situation and think we’re better than everyone else there. That we are smarter. We know the “right way.”
We’re going to run this place someday, right?
And sometimes confident girls can push the boundaries. A little too far. They want to see how far they can possibly push you so that they can be number 1 and you can go sit in the corner now. Thankyouverymuch.
If you are having a boundary issue with a confident woman at work, you might want to look into speaking up for yourself. In fact, it is encouraged. If someone keeps itching to outshine you to the point that they are inappropriately crossing lanes and intervening in your work, then say something!
It could be as simple as, “Thank you for your help, but I don’t need it.” Speaking up for yourself may sound intimidating, but it gets easier in time.
Then it becomes like a second skin. You wouldn’t let someone treat you badly for no reason, right? In time, you will earn the respect of most people as someone who confronts issues head on.
4. It doesn’t have to be a competition
When you see a pretty girl who is intelligent and attractive don’t reach for your figurative boxing gloves and square off in your corner.
Please, just remember aside from our bodies, we are made up of the same energy and source. Celebrate the unique characteristics of each smart girl you meet!
5. Think about her story
I may be influenced by the show “This is Us,” but that show is a great way to increase empathy for other people. Which is one of the keys to life.
When you work with another confident girl remember to pause and think about all the experiences in her life that shaped her. There were moments that she was hurt, she was happy, she was mad, and other experiences that had a lifelong impact on her.
6. Try not to gang up on her
The herding technique is where humans tend to form a group and exclude one member of the “herd.” Often times that excluded person is intelligent, smart and has something going for them. Also, did you know people bond more over a shared hatred of someone?
7. Be flexible when you can
A wise proverb states to be like the willow tree, which is flexible and bends with the wind. Since it bends it does not break. Now, it’s not always the easiest to be bend with the wind. And by no means do I mean to compromise your authentic self or principles. But sometimes just that little bit of flexibility allows you to keep moving in the direction you need to go.
Again, Maca powder helps me to be a more flexible person. This is because it balances my hormones and nourishes my body so that my mood is light and I can concentrate on what is best for others that I work with instead of focusing on how bad I feel.
8. Push through any negative energy
Negative energy. Sometimes, it’s palpable. Sometimes you second-guess yourself because you aren’t sure if it’s really there. This is where a good advisor can come in and reveal the hidden motives and emotions of any situation. By talking with an advisor you can get good advice to apply to any negative situations that you encounter.
Additionally, some good advice I received was that if someone tries to make you self-conscious it means they are trying to hold you back.
So, anytime you feel that little bit of “am I doing this right” or “maybe I’m not good enough” then remember you are doing better than you think and others may have taken notice and may not be super thrilled about it. 😉