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Goals, grit and gumption – what inspires 12 Women on a Mission?

“This is life. There are no perfect conditions to achieve your goals” was one of many phrases that stuck in my mind as I listened to Lowri Morgan, BAFTA and multi award winning television presenter, Adventurer and Endurance Athlete, speak at our International Women’s Day event yesterday. Lowri shared with us some of her incredible and (literally) extreme experiences, including competing in ultra marathons in the Arctic – where she was the sole survivor of the 2010 6633 Ultra Marathon, and the Jungle Marathon in the Amazon where she finished in the top ten in her first ever ultra marathon.

Swamps, hornets nests and jaguars
It was an incredibly inspiring experience to hear her speak – not because you’ll see me heading off to the Amazon any time soon, but because of her natural ability to relate the lessons she has learned to the challenges we face in every day life. The importance of recognising our defining moments, of having a mantra when maybe those words are the only thing that might keep us going, and the challenge of pushing our physical and mental boundaries when life is tough.

If I had one favourite quote from Lowri (and there were many!) it was “When you can’t sprint, plod”. What a gorgeous piece of advice. We don’t have to be in the Arctic or the Amazon to know that life isn’t perfect, and that whatever our mission we aren’t guaranteed an easy terrain just because we’ve answered our calling. There are times when even plodding takes more energy than we have, and we will still fall over. But it’s in those moments that, as we were reminded yesterday, our energy comes from deep within our soul. Mission really is a matter of mindset, heartset AND soulset when we set out to make a difference. We may not be crossing swamps, standing on hornet nests, and navigating Jaguar territory as Lowri did, but we absolutely have our own terrain to traverse, and there are times when we need to dig deep to find those inner resources we often don’t even know we have.

Women on a Mission
How do I know this? Well, partly through my own experience and partly from working with clients who are doing amazing things in the world but still get drawn into “but I’m just little old me’ thinking when they’re hit by resistance in making the next big step. I’m on a mission to help women feel bold, brave and brilliant in making their unique contribution in the world – knowing that that difference won’t be made in the same way, if they don’t! Yes, it may take grit and determination, but the sense of fulfilment when you are living a life that matters is beyond words.

Are you a Woman on a Mission? In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, I invited women in my Women on a Mission community to find out the answer to three questions:

1. What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
2. Who are the women that have inspired you in your mission – and how/why?
3. What one piece of advice would you give to someone starting out on their mission?

What a wonderful variety of responses I received! Here’s what they had to say…..

“Really get to know yourself…”

Caroline Ferguson – Mindset Trainer

www.carolineferguson.com

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
I’m strongly drawn to sensitive, creative people who know instinctively that they were born for a more meaningful life than their current reality. My mission is to equip them with the mindset training and support they need to break through their inner resistance and get on with magnifying their impact and living a life that truly matters.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
So many! At a global level, women like Oprah and Mchelle Obama who are using their platform and influence to improve opportunities for girls and women. Elaine Aron for her brilliant work around the trait of high sensitivity. Masami Sato, who runs B1G1, an organisation that empowers businesses to have an impact for good. And, closer to home, Joanna Martin and her “One of Many” team who are inspiring women to create projects that are changing the world. 

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission? 
My #1 piece of advice is “really get to know yourself”. Self awareness is THE most important life skill. Practise tuning in to your self talk and challenging the stories that are leading to inner resistance. Map your strengths and weaknesses so that you know where you’re likely to be derailed, and have a plan for getting back on track. Engage a coach or trainer who will enlighten you, hold you accountable and stretch you to greater self awareness.


“Let your weirdness be your strength…”

Marina Hauer – The Apricity Girl

www.apricity.studio

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is to help business owners great and small have their authentic greatness SEEN, because with that greatness they can serve others, and everybody’s lives will be better for it.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
I’ve always been inspired by my mum for her ability to make deep, meaningful connections effortlessly and everywhere. I’ve been inspired by my English and Art teachers back in high school, both of which encouraged me to pursue unusual subjects for my A level specialisations. And I’m massively inspired by Michelle Obama for her tireless fight to empower young people.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
I’d say be yourself. Don’t feel like you have to fit in a box – let your weirdness be your strength. Let your unique world view colour the work you do and brighten other people’s lives.


“Have another woman mentor…”

Kristi Linebaugh – Author, Teaching Chef & Retired Restauranteur

www.vigoacuisine.com

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is helping people have flavor they are craving without sugar and salt. Many people need to eat healthier but are overwhelmed by the process of flavoring their healthy food. By sharing recipes in classes shows and books, we make eating healthy delicious and funny.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
My business partner Miriam Vigoa inspires me. She started her first company in a male dominated industry, construction! She went on to niche her company to become a antique lighting restoration expert. She always encourages me to follow my dreams. We started a restaurant together now we have a seasoned olive oil company. I always loved to write she encouraged me now I also write for 90 minute books.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
I would encourage women to have another woman mentor that has experience in business and can not only guide you through the red tape but can give you the morale boosting pep talks it takes to succeed in business!


“Nourish this seed of yours…”

Lisa Pascoe – Intuitive Coach & NLP Master Practitioner

www.lisapascoe.com

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is to help multi-passionate empaths and HSPs to connect with their intuition and thrive in a noisy world that otherwise leaves them feeling depleted. I want to create a world where empaths and HSPs embrace their sensitivities as gifts rather than a burden and feel confident to share these gifts with the world. An important part of this involves creating safe spaces to press pause and explore how we can energetically sustainable ways of doing this.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
My mum has always been my greatest source of inspiration. She left school with only 1 ‘O’ Level and had me at 18. A single parent, she could have resigned herself to a life that didn’t fulfil her. Instead she applied for a council house exchange and through serendipity ended up doing an access course. She later qualified as a social worker and the rest is history. She taught me to ‘never give up’ and that it takes gumption to create the life you want. Maya Angelou was another major inspiration growing up. I remember reading I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and being captivated by her story. Her triumph over the obstacles life threw at her is truly inspiring. As she famously said: ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
I would say this, ‘nourish this seed of yours. Remember why it’s important to you and keep taking those steps forward. Always reach out and ask for help when you need it and know that this mission is no accident. It’s yours for a reason – enjoy the adventure and be kind to yourself along the way!


“You need a team of cheerleaders…”

Tracey-Jane Hughes – Bra Lady

http://bralady.co.uk

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is to educate and support women wear bras that are comfortable, supportive with no danger of damaging the breasts or health, (physical and mental), throughout their lifetime. The difference I aim to make is to help women grow in confidence – feeling good and looking fantastic with the right support for them.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
It’s an eclectic group who’ve inspired me over the last 15 years since my mission began. 
• My late Mum and Nan always encouraged me to do my best, and supported me to set up and grow my business to support women.
• My customers over the years who’ve told me how much of a difference the knowledge I’ve shared has made to their lives. Some who’ve been able to go out with confidence; others who’ve found a comfort they never knew existed.
• The bra fitters I’ve trained who are making their own difference in their communities with their bra fitting services. To be able to train and support others to reach more women is a wonderful skill.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
I’m sharing two: Firstly, stick with your goal. You’ve dreamt it for a reason. There’s many different paths to achieving it, so if you think one way isn’t working, try something else.
Secondly, surround yourself with people who support you and your mission. You need a team of cheerleaders who will shout about you and your mission however long it takes you to get towards the end vision. You need an excellent support team, especially if you are supporting others as part of your own mission.



“Keep it simple. Don’t try and do everything…”

Sherry Bevan – The Confident Mother

www.theconfidentmother.co.uk

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is to help women get clarity to make career decisions with confidence and ease so that they get the right balance between career and family, without burnout. I want women to feel powerful and to know that they can rule the world. 

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
Helen Pritchard is pretty amazing for what she’s achieved in the last two years. Her focus, her drive, and her ambition, and now she’s paying it forward to the women behind her. Nicola Huelin inspires me too for the work she’s doing to help and support women who want to run their own business. Vicky Warr – her grit and determination to help mums with their prenatal and postnatal body confidence. 

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
Keep it simple. Don’t try and do everything. Just focus on one thing.


“Stick to your one goal…”

Sarah Rees – Campaigner & Writer

www.amothersplace.co.uk

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
My mission is to support mums who feel marginalised by the still commonplace 1950’s world of work. Women are still having to make the choice between having a family or having a career and I’m hoping to end that tough choice so that my children can live in world that values work and care.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
I’m inspired by positive women, because if I’m truly honest at times I feel so defeated myself that I become negative. Women like Joeli Brearley, founder of the campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed and Nimco Ali who campaigns to end FGM. Nimco spoke out about her own experience but instead of being bogged down by the injustice is working globally to make sure it doesn’t happen to any other girls.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
My piece of advice? Women like us mission mavens are drawn to a cause, it can be hard not to agree to every thing you are asked or become frustrated at another injustice you want to end. Stick to your one goal and do it to the best of your ability. To read… Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies, a series of inspiring essays that you can dip in and out of.


“It’s the path which will provide the true meaning in your life…”

Ann Skinner – The Heartworker

www.theheartworkersway.com

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
I am simply on a mission to be heart led – the difference I hope to make is to help uplift others by uplifting my own heart, whether through my coaching, writing and/or art.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
Oprah, Elizabeth Gilbert and JK Rowling to name a few – all determined, intelligent, independent, creative and authentic as well as talented and focussed on what they want to create (did I just describe myself??!).

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
My one piece of advice is that your mission isn’t just somewhere to get to. It is a path you walk and it is the path (the struggles, the connections, the joys etc ) rather than just the destination which will provide the true meaning in your life. So savour each day, whether it is a tough day or a day of celebration.


“You are enough just as you are…”

Linda Cassells – Publishing Director

http://calicopublishing.co.nz/about-us/

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
I’m on a mission to guide and coach aspiring writers, to help them excel in their creativity and reach a wide and targeted audience with their work.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
I am inspired by my choir conductor Rita Paczian, a brilliant musician as well as tennis coach and player who has represented NZ in the world champs. She leads by initiating ambitious things in her music and sport worlds, and by inspiring others to do better than they ever thought possible. I am also inspired by my mother and the loyal, caring values she has held to in her 90+ years.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
My advice is that the answers are usually closer to you than you think. You are enough just as you are.


“Stay in your lane…”

Julie Dennis – Menopause Coach & Consultant

http://www.juliedennis.net

What is your mission and what difference are you looking to make?
I am on a mission to take menopause mainstream and become one of the leading providers for menopause workplace support in the UK. I want to help employers raise awareness, educate and provide the right support so that any woman working through menopause feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves.

Who are the women that have inspired you and how/why?
I am inspired by the women who are prepared to stand up in front of their colleagues and talk about their personal experience of menopause at work or home and how its impacted their life. The power of personal stories drives change far faster than policy.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out on their mission?
Stay in your lane and know that taking consistent action in your business every day will ensure you achieve your goals. Would recommend Jessica Lorimer’s Smart Leaders Sell podcast for inspiring, actionable content that will set you up for success.


Are you a Woman on a Mission to make a difference in the world? If so, I invite you to come and join my Women on a Mission community. It’s absolutely the place for you, if you want to be bold, brave & brilliant in your mission – and you’d like to learn from other women and get curious how, by sharing our experience, we can make even more of an impact! Hope to see you there!

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Helping change makers to be bold, brave & brilliant in leading change, creating impact and living a life that matters. Are you ready to think bigger? ★ Personal Leadership & Mindset Coach ★ Founder of the online Women on a Mission community ★ Creator of the I Gotta Be Me Experience ★

2 Comments

  • Tracey-Jane Hughes

    Wow what an inspirational post Sue. I love the differences this shows, and the uniqueness that we all bring to the world.

    It highlights just how important it is to follow your own path, with the right support for you.

    Thank you for asking me to contribute. I’m honoured to share a page with these amazing women on a mission.

    • MissionMaven

      MissionMaven

      I so agree, Tracey-Jane! It’s such an eclectic group of stories and I love that it really celebrates our differences. Thank you so much for contributing – I love that you are part of our unique community!

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