With the success of so many empowered and confident female athletes in the London Olympics, will their legacy be to positively influence the way women see themselves? Have they inspired us to become more empowered and confident in our own lives? We saw how femininity can be celebrated, alongside strength, courage and tenacity. Most of the women wore make-up to compete and even the swimmers in their tight caps wore earrings. Well, why wouldn’t they?
The Power Of Self Belief!
Women want to feel fabulous when they are about to give the performance of their lives! If we all thought of ourselves and more importantly, believed that we too are strong, capable women with the courage to succeed, how would that change our lives? What challenges might we take on and in the process, discover about ourselves? How much happier would we feel, if we worked to achieve a positive self-image that really did increase our confidence and self-belief? Surely, the legacy of the London Olympics is that anything is possible!
Too often, women give away their power. Some allow themselves to be undermined by fantasy or disempowering labels. Their self-worth comes from being constantly indulged or thinking of themselves as a ‘princess’. We’ve allowed the media and celebrity culture to distort our perspective of women and meaningful success, creating so much discontent at a time in history when we have more opportunities than ever before. Then there are women who regularly put themselves down in ways they would never accept from a friend, or wish for their daughters.
Women Need To Feel Empowered & Confident
When I was a child, the message drummed into me was “be a good girl and everything will be alright”. Well, I soon learnt that being good wasn’t enough to cope with the challenges I faced and many times life seemed pretty unfair. It took years and a great deal of pain and self-doubt before someone spelt out the truth with “Linda, whoever told you life was fair?” In that moment, everything became clear. I suddenly realised why my expectations didn’t match reality and that I’d been sold a lie. The truth is, life isn’t fair and girls and women need more empowering ways to recognise and develop their self-worth, so that they have the kind of confidence and self-belief that only comes from within.
Confidence Makes Anything Is Possible
These Olympics have shown us what women can achieve. Every one of the athletes began their journey with a seed of possibility that exists in us all. Whether our focus is on sporting acclaim, business success, career advancement or any aspect of our lives, women’s confidence and self-worth will grow when we take notice of that inner voice that knows we’re worth more and wants us to succeed.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
We don’t have to become Olympic athletes to be empowered and confident. We just need to take back our power and commit to the woman we want to become.