Today is International Women’s Day and the theme this year is Be Bold For Change.

I love this theme. One of the topics I discuss in nearly every Path Forward workshop is that change is hard. Change is hard even when the change is for the good. So it stands to reason that boldness is required. As Goethe said  “Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” It is that genius, power and magic that are the catalysts for change.

Or, to quote my friend Tiffany, “To get something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before.”

In that spirit, here are three ideas for things you could do, that maybe you’ve never done before, that will allow you to get something you’ve never had before and #beboldforchange:

  1. Say “no” to the request for volunteer help that will drain your energy, sap your time and not make a true impact in your community. Women often feel compelled to volunteer their time and talents to schools and other community organizations. While these activities can be very rewarding and make a difference, they can also be draining and pull you away from using your time in more rewarding and significant ways.
  2. Apply for the job you don’t feel you are qualified for. Research consistently shows that while men apply to jobs when they feel they meet about 60% of the listed qualifications while women don’t apply until they feel they meet 100%. Stop holding yourself back. Same logic applies to moving up in your current organization — raise your hand for a promotion before you are “ready.”
  3. Lower your domestic standards. Many women pressure themselves to perform the many duties that our culture has identified as “necessary” to be a good wife and mother. This generally adds many hours of unpaid work to your plate and can hamper your ambitions. Hiring help is one way to combat this as is getting your family to help out. But a cheaper and easier way to do less is to …do less. Practice paring back on household tasks and fill that time with activities that bring you joy, enrich you and stretch you.

What are YOU doing this year to #BeBoldForChange? Tweet or post on Facebook and tag @PathFWD to let us know.