WHILE South African women are making inroads into shattering glass ceilings, shedding stereotypes and juggling various roles with deftness, there’s still a lot more that they want to achieve.

Senior marketing manager at 1st for Women Casey Rousseau said: “According to a survey conducted by 1st for Women, 67% of South African women want to pray more, 47% want to do more exercise and 46% want to register for a course online or at college. Safety was also a big priority for South African women with 44% of participants noting that they want to ensure that their family is safe and 33% saying they want to increase the security at their home.” Improving their finances was rated 14 out of a possible 56 goals and to be debt free was listed at 22. Having said that, younger women who do not have children are more focused on improving their financial status and habits, according to the survey.

The majority of women’s main goals are also the ones they feel they cannot get started on with financial restrictions and not having enough time being the strongest barriers. Overall, not achieving their goals makes women feel disappointed, anxious, worried and frustrated. Rousseau said: “Our research found that women are expected to perform at their peak in every aspect of their lives, all the time. This constant pressure sometimes clouds women’s awareness of their own competence and abilities, despite the incredible impact that they have on others. With this in mind, it is important for women to realise that despite obstacles that stand in their way, they’ve got this.”

Some tips to help women achieve their goals:

  • Visualise
    In a survey conducted by Leadership IQ, it was found that men are better at visualising their goals than women. With this in mind, women are encouraged to create a mental picture of what their life would be like once their goal is accomplished. As the saying goes, we need to see it in order to achieve it.
  • Start now
    The same survey found that women are more likely to procrastinate than men. To avoid procrastinating, women are advised to write down a list of all the tasks they need to accomplish – both the short-term and long-term goals. Having this record will help when planning the various actions needed to achieve the goals.
  • Proactive saving
    About 43% of the women said their goal was to travel more, 39% wanted to learn a new skill and 36% wanted to go out more. While financial constraints are an issue, the solution is simple – start saving, even small amounts go a long way.
  • Good company
    A new survey by Lean Cuisine and New York University psychology professor, Emily Balcetis, found that 89% of women set more ambitious goals in the presence of other women they admire. So, get a coach, a mentor or a friend to keep you and your goals on track.

“Ultimately, if you proactively make a target-driven to-do list with specific mini-goals and definite timelines, stick to it religiously and achieve a goal, you feel more confident. Confidence is the foundation of success,” Rousseau concluded.

Provided by IHeartPR on behalf of 1st for Women.

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