Empower yourself

When it comes to personal and professional development, empowerment is a core concept. Pauline Bar, an empowerment expert and the founder of The Working Mums, is here to help you develop independence – with the ultimate aim of eradicating self-imposed limitations and taking control of your life.

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Powers of Empowerment
Powers of Empowerment

To make empowerment truly meaningful, it’s important to understand the challenges inherent to what Pauline Bar calls the “four circles of life”. Navigating between the professional, sentimental, social and family spheres defines us at every level. The objective? Striking a balance in order to live harmoniously with oneself.

Lesson 1 • 3mn
The power of no
The power of no

What if the no were the new yes? Daring to refuse can be tricky. That’s especially true for many women, who have learned to live up to other people’s expectations and avoid making waves. Yet saying no is often a necessary part of earning the respect of colleagues, taking control of your life and achieving success through self-preservation.

Lesson 2 • 4mn
The power of balance
The power of balance

Balance is vital to reconciling the “four circles of life” discussed in our first episode. In order to achieve it, you must first establish a sense of mental and physical harmony. Self-care and self-alignment not only help you feel better in your own skin, but they also give you the strength to face life’s daily challenges.

Lesson 3 • 4mn
Turn your spouse into teammate
Turn your spouse into teammate

Maintaining a great relationship with your partner is like running a business. Each person gradually learns to take charge of what they are good at and life together is organised around individual strengths. At home, making kindness a priority and ensuring a balanced division of tasks can make your partner a true ally on the road to empowerment.

Lesson 4 • 4mn
Get stronger with sport
Get stronger with sport

While it’s said the brain is our strongest muscle, physical activity has its benefits too. Not only does sport improve general health, but it also teaches us that perseverance has the power to beat talent. Sport encourages us to push past our limits, helps us identify our life goals and makes it easier for us to reach them.

Lesson 5 • 4mn
Putting yourself out there
Putting yourself out there

Know thyself has been the go-to mantra since Ancient Greece. And for good reason: knowing what makes you tick helps you identify your strengths. It’s also a way to develop your personal brand and thus improve your capacity to work in a team. With increased self-knowledge, you’ll avoid being held back by mental blocks, such as “impostor syndrome”.

Lesson 6 • 4mn
Negociate your progress
Negociate your progress

Being empowered doesn’t mean being tyrannical. When it comes to successful negotiating, you must first accept that you can’t control everything, and that empathy is your greatest asset. By being aware of the other person’s goals, you can create a balanced discussion – and get what you want stress-free.

Lesson 7 • 3mn
Sharing tasks
Sharing tasks

Doing everything yourself might seem comforting at first but learning to delegate is a necessary part of building your career. Being an expert at every single thing is not only unrealistic – it’s downright exhausting! Drawing upon the strengths of others and learning to listen is a surefire way to success for the whole team.

Lesson 8 • 4mn
Be a good ally
Be a good ally

Being a great ally means having everyone's best interests at heart. And that includes the people who aren’t natural self-promoters. Advocating for an inclusive approach to work creates value overall, because it gives every individual a chance to shine. Most importantly, when you empower others, you become more empowered yourself.

Lesson 9 • 4mn
The power of confidence
The power of confidence

Self-confidence is the guiding principle of empowerment. When you don’t believe in yourself, pushing yourself to go farther seems near impossible. Yet the biggest obstacles often come from within. By first identifying your strengths, you put self-doubts to the test and pave the way to banishing insecurity.

Lesson 10 • 4mn
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