The Confident Mother’s summer reading – Birds on the Blog

The Confident Mother’s summer reading

Every woman in business needs to actively continue to develop her confidence and knowledge. Today I’m going to share The Confident Mother’s summer reading.

The confidence that you need to develop

Your level of confidence is reflected in your presence, your energy, your motivation and your success. Confidence comes from knowledge and self-awareness. An understanding of what you are good at, where you are strong, what you have achieved, and what you plan to achieve. Clarity on what you want and how you are going to get it will help build your confidence. Confidence can be hard to define however we also recognise a confident business woman when we see her.

The knowledge you need to develop

The knowledge you need to develop will depend on what you do and who you serve. However it’s not just knowledge about what you do and how you do it, it’s also knowledge about who you are and what you want, in other words, your own self-awareness.

Self-awareness is an awareness and understanding of your personality, your behaviour, your preferences, your beliefs, your values, your emotions, your skills, your strengths and of course your weaknesses.

What is the most effective method to actively continue to develop your confidence and knowledge?

If every woman in business needs to actively continue to develop her knowledge and confidence, how does she do that? What is the most effective method?

Honestly the most effective method for me might not be the most effective method for you. Understanding the most effective method comes back to your self-awareness.

Some people learn best through reading – whether that’s online, magazine articles or in a book. Others prefer a more visual learning method such as watching videos or a TV documentary. You may enjoy an auditory experience – podcasts or the radio.

Personally I love to read. That’s how I prefer to develop my confidence and knowledge.

The Confident Mother’s summer reading

The summer reading for The Confident Mother this year comprises:

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

by Gary Keller

I included this book in last week’s post on books that have influenced my business and career. I love this book – I am somebody who tends to have too many buns in the oven at any one time. Which means some get burnt, some are underdone, and some never even make it into the oven because I’ve come up with another bright idea since.

Although I now focus on helping women who want more confidence at work (whether career or business), when I first launched my business, I specialised in helping the business teams in law firms improve their performance. I was also working part-time as a breastfeeding counsellor for my local NHS team. As well as doing NCT classes. Plus I set up a business to coach lawyer mums. And I ran Inspiration Party (an evening of coaching and entertainment). Oh and I was training for a marathon.

This book helped me to see that focusing on just ONE thing allowed me to get more done. I’m reading it again this summer because I want to remind myself to have the confidence to focus on ONE thing at a time to get more success.

Click HERE to discover more about this book.

Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood

by Holly McNish

This is the other book that I am reading this summer. This helps me to develop my knowledge about how women feel about breastfeeding and becoming a mother. How society perceives mothers. How mums do sometimes feel resentment. (And how that’s ok). How they can feel trapped. Or feel unwanted and uncared for by society. The conflict between being a mother and being a partner.

Click HERE to discover more about this book.


What about you? What’s your summer reading?


About the Author Sherry Bevan

It can be hard to balance career and family. Sherry helps ambitious women get clear on what they really want, then find the confidence to do it. If today's the day, you want to put your head in your hands and cry, know you are not alone. Why not check out these tips on how to cope with overwhelm. Coach | Author | Speaker | Dog sitter

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