From the desk of Jackie Sheffer, 2018 Chair of the Women’s Business Council.
First and foremost I would like to thank my Vice Chair, Amanda Goyer, for standing with me over the past year to lead an amazing group of Women. Thank you to all of the committee co-chairs and committee members for all that you do to make the WBC a powerhouse of support for women in business in the Capital Region.
The mission the Women’s Business Council is to promote the role of women in the workplace at all levels, as business and community leaders and as team members, while providing support for those challenges and issues which are unique to women in business.
While the challenges in the workplace are different for each of us, what is more important to recognize is we can solve the challenges when we honor each and every one of us as the unique individuals we are.
I have spent the last year focusing inward and will continue this journey into next year. When starting this journey I was looking to fix myself. I will be ending the year and starting 2019 with focusing on my own uniqueness, focusing on supporting and nurturing it.
The things that have helped me move forward this year:
Getting a coach – life is hard, personal and business all run together, sometimes you need an outside voice to keep you out of your own head and see reality.
Dropping the ball – I have dropped the ball when it comes to reading books; I listen to books instead. For the past couple of years, I have had piles of books on my bedroom floor glaring at me each morning and evening reminding me of all that I have not accomplished. Since l started to listen, I have read six books and have taken action on what I have learned.
Finding a partner – finding someone who is not a co-worker, business partner or life partner to be an accountability partner. I recently spent a day with my partner working on our life plans for 2019, we have scheduled quarterly meetings to keep each other on track. It needs to be someone you can talk openly with, someone that has your back but will push you.
Turning it off – turning off the negative messages in my life that do not support my uniqueness. This also means dealing with and working through FOMO (the fear of missing out). I just deleted all social media from my phone and will be signing off of Facebook tonight. I have faith that the things and people I need to know and be a part of will come to me or I will go to them.
What is up for 2019: I am looking to live a year of gratitude and peace. I have started a gratitude journal and look forward to working on my life plan.
I would like to leave you with a little of my uniqueness to start off your New Year.
The 5 life lessons I have learned from Great White Sharks:
Great Whites have to keep moving – always be looking forward to the next opportunity
Great Whites cannot swim backward – stay out of the past, be present
Great Whites take sample bites – try everything in life at least once
Great Whites typically hunt 1st thing in the morning or late afternoon – get the hard sh*t done first
Great Whites are always Great Whites – believe in who you are and always show the world the REAL YOU!
Thank you all for being a part of my life in 2018, I look forward to seeing you all next year.