At this moment, you are being called to make an impact where you have been assigned. It's not perfect. But things are never perfect. Instead of waiting for your job to be perfect, make your reaction to your job perfect. Show up everyday as an act of service. Take what you are given and turn it into art.
Hard times are here for many hard working Americans. Today we must adapt to the industrious ethic and shrewd decision-making it takes to get by. But adaptivity takes knowledge, skill and practice. Most of us get stuck in our chronic ways of responding to challenges at work and therefore miss opportunities to get things done and build stronger relations.
Women are looking for a fair shot at a good job that can support them and their families and give them a chance at a brighter future. We can't ask women to lead when they can't feed their families, worry about how to pay their debts, or wonder how they can afford child care. Our country is successful when women are successful.
Like everything else, what we focus on expands. When our thoughts and words are self-defeating, we only generate more excuses as we have no choice -- our behavior negates any possibility for good outcomes and over time we justify more and more away. Unless kicked to the curb, our excuses increase to no end.