May 25, 2021
In this week's episode, we discuss the concept of the Superwoman
Complex. The dark side of the Superwoman complex is the fear of
showing vulnerability. But at best, doing everything on our own is
a recipe for stunted growth and, at worst, a path to burnout. Being
continually caught up in the daily whirlwind often leads to losing
perspective and a clear, current view of your market or field.
Being head down all the time leads to isolation.
As seasoned multitaskers, we too often put multiple families and business needs ahead of our wellbeing, which means support systems don't exist when an emergency arises. Asking other people for help is hard. Yet overcoming this behavior and its underlying fears is essential for personal and business growth.
Key takeaways from today's episode:
1. Having a fear of vulnerability and overcompensating by being super independent can lead to burnout and stunted growth.
2. Having a head-down mentality to just focus on success can come at the cost of not looking up and seeing what you're missing, including connection with other people.
3. Our field adds an extra layer of pressure to be tough enough to hang. Any sign of weakness can be interpreted as not being strong enough or competent enough to be a "good social worker."
4. We can learn to set our boundaries. We don't always have to give, even if the people we are serving look like us.
5. Be conscious that no amount of accolades are enough for some of us. We may always feel like we have to overperform just to "make it" or be seen as good enough in a system of white supremacy.
This tendency doesn't only apply to work. It also impacts our
dating/marriage and other interpersonal relationships.
Ask yourself what would happen if we didn't do everything or stopped being a "superwoman"? What would fall apart? Would it really?
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Until next time, remember to live, laugh, love, and keep it
-Frantzces, Sabeen and Tonika :)
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