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JULY 2021

SETBACKS

Remember when you were made redundant, or you missed out on the perfect house? Most of us handle everyday setbacks by immediately replaying events and asking what we could have done differently. It’s normal to get stuck in a destructive loop.

One way out is to look past it. I consciously imagine my life on the other side of it. There is always another path; perhaps it is an easier job or a less expensive house. Even unimaginable pain and grief subside. The way to move past a setback is to force a shift into positivity...

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JUNE 2021

STARTING OVER

We all start over at some point in our lives. So how do we make it less daunting and even rewarding?

One way is to build the foundations of your life and career early. This means taking micro-decisions that ultimately lead to a decisive outcome.

For example, good sleep patterns, regular exercise and healthy eating will provide the foundation for physical and mental strength and wellbeing when you need it most...

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MAY 2021

RESPECT

I once worked for a man who talked a lot about respect. He would say things like, “all I want is a bit of respect”. He would sulk if his staff didn’t show enough respect. Hell, he thought the carpark attendant owed him more ‘respect’.

But he had it all wrong. Respect is a feeling of deep admiration for someone who has exceptional abilities, qualities, or achievements. You can’t demand it. Or you can, but only if you do something exceptional, like giving up the ‘good’ carpark, for someone who might need it more than you do...

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APRIL 2021

ACTION

For women around Australia, the last three months have seen a relentless escalation in the fight to address sexual violence in the workplace, the community and the home.

If it feels like the news is invading your brain space and draining you emotionally, if it’s making you stumble and leaving you in shock on a daily basis – then you’re not alone. So many Australian women are feeling tired and overwhelmed, buoyed and angry all at the same time. We’re in this together...

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MARCH 2021

JUSTICE

Where there is sexual assault, justice is rarely served. This is clear in the fall-out from allegations of rape and the mistreatment of women in Canberra.

Former Canberra staffer Brittany Higgins bravely found her voice when she went public with rape allegations against a Liberal colleague. And friends of another woman are seeking justice by revealing historic allegations of rape against a sitting Cabinet minister. This woman took her own life.

As a result, multiple investigations are underway, but none of the responses feel satisfactory...

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FEBRUARY 2021

PRIORITIES

Welcome to the start of the Future Women year.

Each month we identify a theme to highlight the different ways to think about and develop leadership skills.

One clear path to success at everything is to have clear priorities. This month, try identifying your priorities for 2021. Then make time for them.

Priorities have to be scheduled. One of my friends has decided her priority this year is to find an enjoyable way to exercise...

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DECEMBER 2020

LESSONS LEARNED

Starting a business is one way to expose your weakness.

This was one of the key lessons I learned in the past couple of years. It also showed me that almost every problem can be solved with perseverance, help from friends and watching a lot of YouTube videos.

As this crazy year comes to a close here are my lessons learned in 2020...

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NOVEMBER 2020

BACKING YOURSELF

This month we are asking you to consciously make a small shift in your mindset.

Banish those niggling doubts and try something which is out of your comfort zone.

In doing so, you start the process, of learning to back yourself.

Try walking a steeper hill, taking the lead on a small project or having a difficult conversation.

Each time you back yourself to do something outside your comfort zone you get better at it...

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OCTOBER 2020

RESILIENCE

The ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis and quickly return to normal has been a preoccupation of ours since the onset of COVID-19.

The result is at book - Untold Resilience. It tells the remarkable stories of 19 exceptional but mostly unknown women who have all lived extraordinary and very different lives.

The good news is today they mostly talk of contentment and pride in a life well-lived. There are a number of themes which resonate differently with everyone...

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SEPTEMBER 2020

HOW TO LEAD

Some people are born leaders. Even as children they had authority. Their peers would follow them over a creek or up a tree. But mostly leadership creeps up on people.

I found myself in leadership roles not because I told my mates I’d give them longer lunch breaks but because when they were asked to vote; they voted for me.

Ok, so I was never the kid anyone followed in the playground. I partly won popular votes because I was reasonably introverted and very unlikely to be the ‘bossy’ head girl.

This is not a great way to come into a leadership role...

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AUGUST 2020

HARD CHOICES

There is no easy way around a big decision. A hard choice will almost always intrude on our sleep.

Often they are exciting; they involve a promotion and new horizons. These are occasions to celebrate and we should remember to enjoy the process.

But often they are deeply painful. So what is the best way of processing a difficult decision?

Often it helps to think in years instead of months. Ask yourself, what your life might look like in a decade and then revisit the question. Try to think about it differently. Secondly, find a good listener...

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JULY 2020

HABITS

Habits play a powerful role in our lives because they make up such a large sum of it.

Researchers have found that up to forty percent of the actions we perform daily are not actually ruled by our decision-making brain - they are the result of habits.

So perhaps it is no surprise that habits can build up - or break down - careers.

While habits often appear unconsciously they cannot be removed with force. They can, however, be reshaped and new habits can be created, so people have the ability to consciously design their habits in line with the life they want to lead...

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JUNE 2020

SUCCESS

Success might seem a strange theme when so many of us are still coming to terms with pay cuts and fears about school fees and mortgages.

But success is not about a nice house or any of the other status symbols of modern life. Success is about feeling content with our lives.

Many people adjust their notion of what success looks like as they grow in a deeper understanding of their purpose.

This month as our borders open and life gradually returns to normal, let’s acknowledge and celebrate the positive changes which have taken place in our lives...

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MAY 2020

CHANGES

We are working from home, walking at sunrise, homeschooling our children and baking bread.

The pace and variety of change which has taken place in our lives are startling and yet it feels almost normal.

Instead of the daily commute, we are catching up on sleep or finding time to cuddle the kids.

It proves we are adaptable and we can still find meaning even if we have lost our jobs or fear we are about to.

The significant, unthinkable changes we have already made suggest it is possible to bring about positive change quickly...

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APRIL 2020

COURAGE

It’s hard to feel courageous right now.

Just getting through each day seems to feel like a success.

Here at Future Women we want to help you feel a little braver this month, whether it’s having that tough but necessary conversation with your kids about COVID-19, acknowledging your anxiety, tackling your finances, or setting boundaries in your work days.

We have called on the experts to guide you through these times, so you can harness a little more courage...

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