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Success from the Feminine Perspective

October 27th, 2009

Many women are exploring ways to create more success in their lives. I think that’s great, but I think there’s more to life for women than just success. So often we have been putting on the trousers, climbing the ladder, and doing things in a masculine way in all areas of our life. The problem with this is that we inevitably leave an important part of our authentic self behind- our feminine self. It’s important to keep in mind that women are predisposed genetically and through socialization- to a whole series of unique assets talents and gifts that are special and sourced in our feminine nature.

How can we begin to use these feminine gifts in a way that allows us to contribute at a high level, fully expressing our power and doing so from a feminine perspective? The answer to this could lead you to one of the most freeing revelations of your life. Every woman has a personal response to this question in my twenty-five years of working with women I have heard hundreds. What’s yours? 

We must first begin, by valuing our unique feminine gifts such as our verbal agility, our ability to give care and compassion, our Natural gift to see and perceive the whole of a situation, work environment or even the whole needs of the world. I believe these gifts come from having been the givers of birth and life since the beginning of time. That’s quite a credential. We need to claim this and live it in our work in corporations in our voice and concern in politics and thorough our unique and gentle care of our children and the planet. Social researchers have put a price on the value that women add to the bottom line in corporations. It’s time for us to value these gifts in all areas of our life.

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Stepping Up Into Leadership

October 25th, 2009

It is amazing to think that we all live on the same planet. The more research that I do on feminine attributes and the differences between masculine and feminine communication the more I realize that it is a miracle that the planet holds as much peace as it does.

In the past twenty years or so, we have read many works telling us what we already knew. Men and women communicate differently. In her book, The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine cites very specific chemical and hormonal differences between men and women that specifically affect language and communication, giving us a scientific basis for this. It is in these exciting times of change that we, as women, need to discover these specifically feminine qualities and attributes in ourselves and appreciate, develop and use them. As recently stated by Susan Taylor, Editorial Director, Essence “There’s a new world on the way, and it starts with equity: progressive people, women and men, coming to the table and making peace.” Women cannot gain equity until they learn to appreciate and value what they and they alone can contribute to our world; contributions that have been in the background for too long.

Faith Winter, Outreach and Training Director of The White House Project and Westminster City Councilmember put it succinctly when she said, “It is imperative that…women…step up into leadership at this moment in time. Their input is critical in order for us to solve … pressing challenges, from the budget and economy to education and health care”. That input needs to come from our feminine gifts. As women, our voices need to be heard. The world is crying for what we have to offer. How do we break the confines of the past? By taking small steps, if necessary. 

  •    Notice how you speak to the men in your life.
  •    Observe when you feel listened to and when you don’t.
  •   Speak up; be clear and work towards clear communication and speaking your needs.

All this adds to the development of a harmonious world.

Maureen Simon  
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Now Is The Time For Feminine Attributes To Lead In The World

October 17th, 2009

It’s become very clear, based on the state the world is in that the time has come for feminine attributes to be at the forefront of the leadership of the world.  Women are naturally predisposed to the feminine because of our brain biology, socialization, and history.  What would the world look like if women brought feminine attributes to the forefront?  Our world would hold far more collaboration, we would show concern and collaborate more with others, decisions would have greater community focus and we would be concerned for the emotions and feelings for others. If we apply these basic attribute to what the world currently needs they work hand in glove. The needs of the world include greater equity, more understanding, less fear of the other, and overall more inclusion. Who would be better suited than a women to integrate these into the decision of the world.

If we are courageous enough to believe that our natural gifts are now being called on and we are wise enough to place them in places that we ourselves would enjoy leading, the combination would make a historical impact that the world has not seen. What are the issues and passions that you hold dear to your heart? How could these be incorporated more so into your day and life? What now needs to happen for you to make a courageous move?

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Women Are Needed To Bring Balance Into The World

October 11th, 2009

For over 20 years, I have successfully mentored powerful women leaders from around the globe to create and expand innovative businesses that authentically reflect their core values. I have steadfastly based my work on my strong belief that our emerging world culture needs, and is now demanding, that women step into their rightful power and leadership roles. The imbalance in our world between the masculine and feminine principles is causing the anxiety, unrest and upheaval we see around us. Our world society is based on power and control, the masculine principle and the suppression of the feminine attributes we all possess.  Hope for the world lies in bringing forth the feminine principal and creating a balance of the masculine and feminine.

 In a recent ezine article, Sanjay Kali points out that “The rise of womanhood is closely attached with awakening the feminine in all of us. The lead in this direction has to come from the womenfolk. Only if you come together as one unified force can we think about the rise of a new era based on the feminine principle of life. You are the natural carrier of the feminine principle. Mother Nature has bestowed women with the feminine energy of love, compassion, nurturing and healing which leads to unification of every aspect of life whether at the individual level or at the larger level of the world.”    http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sanjay_Kali

This is the core of my personal self-discovery, research and work with women.   I am so excited to be getting information out to women on this subject. I realize that we often live from not knowing our feminine strengths or demeaning them. I look forward to the day that we own our strengths and special gifts so that the world will be different. I’ve been working on a new webinar “Creating and Living with Influence and Success from the Feminine Perspective” to help women discover their strengths. We are collaborative, caring, compassionate, and powerful. We now need to live and lead with these gifts. I am excited about the day that we will see feminine attributes in all forms of leadership and power. Trust me, the world will be a wonderful place. I have decided to give a complimentary webinar as a sneak preview to some of the work that I will be launching next year. Join me October 21 at 12 noon PDT for “Creating and Living with Influence and Success from the Feminine Perspective.” Email me at Maureen@maureensimon.com for log in information.

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We Are a Part of a Much Greater Picture: Our Passion is an Indicator

October 7th, 2009

“Deep within every life, no matter how dull or ineffectual it may seem from the outside there is something eternal happening.” John O’Donohue

I’ve come to know that we are part of a much greater picture than we might believe when we sit stuck in a traffic jam or feel frustrated about a challenging communication in our day. These days I have been learning to take an aerial view and fly high above the simple challenges that take place in my day-to-day life. I have come to believe that each of our lives may sometimes feel ineffectual, but in reality something very major is happening. The real art is to learn how to tune in to what is most important in our life? How do we identify what our true passion is so that we can begin to move from ineffectual to fully alive and passionate.

I believe the answer to us finding our passion-lies in our ability to connect with what is deep in our life – what is significant and important to us. I believe that we have deep wells of joy that are waiting to erupt as a geyser or a spring. We must take time to listen and to allow the answers and information that we need to find us.

Silence is a natural way to connect with what we hold deep in our hearts. Trust that through silence signs that come into your daily life – trust and your ability to follow what feels good and right in your life will all serve as great resources on your journey to connecting with the bigger eternal aspects of your life.

Maureen Simon    
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What feels good and right in life

October 3rd, 2009

What feels good and right in life is where we need to place our attention. I’ve been speaking to a number of people recently who said that they are just not clear on what feels right in life for them at this time. I am convinced that we are at a point in time where so many systems are being restructured that we ourselves don’t even know what feels right. I must admit however that that answer is not strong enough for the days that we are now living in. Now knowing is not good enough any longer. Our personal responsibility to pay attention to what feels right and good in our life will lead us to answers that we thought we may never find.

I read a book once entitled, “You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought” I enjoyed the title more than the book as it inspired me at that time in my life that I was luxuriating in negativity – tossing my hands up to the skies and wondering what part of the challenges that I was living did I actually have a say in. Years later, I have come to realize that I have a say in a large portion of this life that I am co-creating. I am co-creating with you, with spirit, with nature and with this grand universe but at the end of the day my very thoughts lead me to the life that I live on a daily basis. I have learned to look closely at what feels good to me as I use the most clearly defined moral code that I have a available to me I combine the two and live life to the fullest.

Today, take time to look around your world and identify what really feels good what do you look forward to spending time on. What do you need to eliminate that is taking up too much of your time and not serving you well. I truly believe now more than ever we are at a time in history where we need to take personal responsibility and make decisions about our lives that serve us based on what feels right. Don’t feel greedy you are actually serving the betterment of all when you take time to create a better life.

Maureen Simon    
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Five ways to live with greater influence

September 29th, 2009

1.Take yourself seriously.   Take an inventory of your assets and strengths, claim them, share them, and live proudly with them.

2. Surround yourself with great mentors and teachers that can allow you to both grow and learn. Notice the ways that you are most inspired, notice the times that you feel most in need of greater knowledge.

3. Read, ask questions and read. Stay current on topics that interest you most, notice trends break downs, and areas where you can make a contribution.

4. Do more of what you love. Surround yourself with work and play that is both satisfying and enriching. Use your heart, soul, and voice in equal measure.

5. Go within and listen for what is right to you. Integrate these things ideas and feelings follow them, speak about them.

Maureen Simon    
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What Really Lights your Fire?

September 25th, 2009

Each of us has the ability to make a huge difference in our world! As my favorite Irish poet John O’ Donohue has written in Anam Cara:

“… There is a unique destiny for each person. Each one of has something to do here that can be done by no one else. If someone else could fulfill your destiny then they would be in your place and you would not be here…”

 Having grown up in an Irish family and community… I must admit I do love the directness of the Irish. John’s statement is direct and fairly opinionated but opens many questions in my own mind. I have always interpreted Johns words to mean that we are each unique and each hold an important part of the whole.  It has strongly led me to believe that the world needs our unique offering. This quote often guides me to look more deeply at what I believe and value; to look more closely at what really lights my fire. I have found it useful in my journey to ask myself:

  •  What issues or causes on the planet do I feel most strongly about?
  • What is my unique destiny?
  • What are my greatest gifts, strengths and talents and where can they make the most contribution?
  • Where do I experience the most joy and satisfaction?
  • What do I want more of in my life (of the things that I most value)?

I believe that NOW is the time for us to share our uniqueness with the world.  We need to be “Women Influencing Now” to help bring a balance into the world.  For that we need to live dynamically.  It is clear to me that part of the art of alive and dynamic living is staying “awake at the wheel”.  These questions awaken me to stay on course, moving closer to my own unique contribution.

 What do you really believe in and value? What questions do you need to ask yourself right now to find your true beliefs and direction?

Maureen Simon    
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Integrity Equals Clear Will and Right Action

September 22nd, 2009

Knowing what we value deeply-what we hold most dear, when in alignment with being of service to the greater will of all allows us to take right action in our personal and professional lives when the will and action are conscious and in alignment, integrity follows. One of the greatest challenges is to be clear on what is most important to us and have the courage to act in a manner that is right. Some examples to look at are the whistleblowers that have uncovered deceptive actions that have caused great pain in the lives of many. There is a voice within us that tells us when we are acting right and when we are not. Small children are taught this from a very small age in huts in Africa and India and mansions in the Riviera.

One of the things that is most important is to take a regular inventory of how we feel about the decisions that we are making in our life day-to-day. Trust that inner voice; it carries the wisdom of the ages. For more information on this topic join me for the upcoming webinar Creating, Influence, Success, and Power from the Feminine e-mail me at Maureen@maureensimon.com.

Maureen Simon
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Taking Charge by Making Conscious Decisions Regarding Your Life — Step Three

September 20th, 2009

 As we quiet our minds and connect with our bodies we discover more and more about ourselves and our own unique gifts.  As we learn to honor these feminine gifts, we begin to connect more with who we are and our purpose in life.  It is not enough to know who we are.  We must express who we are in a way that enhances our lives and the world around us.  It is in the expression of our gifts and purpose that our lives become deeply meaningful. 

 A path to achieving a meaningful life includes the two steps mentioned earlier, quieting the mind and connecting with the body, and the third step of expressing our gifts in the world.  Here are some ways we can use to begin this journey.

Step three:

Expressing our gifts in the world 

  • Begin to look at the day-to-day changes that you can make in your life to express more of who you really are.
  • Evaluate whether or not your day is made up of work activities and projects that fulfill you.
  • In the course of each day, do you fully express your greatest gifts? (For example, if you’re a writer, make sure that your day includes writing; if you enjoy people, make sure that your day involves social contact and is not limited to working at a desk job; if you enjoy nature, make sure that each day includes time outdoors.)
  • Question: How could you bring more joy, richness, and fulfillment into your life on a daily basis?  What areas of your life could you improve?

 May we all develop our full potential and bring it forth into this world which truly needs our gifts to save it. 

 For help and support,  join with me and others at FB group, “Women Influencing Now”.

Maureen Simon    
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