Introducing Elinor from Workshop&…
Who is Elinor?
She’s someone who is hard to put into words, you rather get to know her and experience her magic. She’s one of a kind, and has an amplified ability to do anything she sets her mind to. Definitely inspiring – she can ignite the fire within you and light a spark, help you remove the limitations that are always self-imposed. Forever being told that she is mature beyond her years, but can laugh for ages about the simplest of things!
What do you do?
I work as a Contracts Administrator on project delivery. I’m involved in the day to day finance and procurement of a project, working closely with many stakeholders to deliver client outcomes.
Along with my girl gang, I fill the rest of my time scheming how to empower people via our skills building platform – Workshop&. I actively tutor and mentor young people to demonstrate that a career in the building environment is most viable and rewarding.
Why is this work important to you?
I met my mentor/life confidante when I first starting working in a corporate environment. Pretty much had naivety slapped as a label on my forehead. I knew nothing about everything. Someone took a vested interest in my learning and development. Because of that, I felt activated, limitations removed, growing my ability to achieve so much more than what I initially set out to.
It’s important that everyone I can reach, can have the same positive influence on their lives as I have had. Empowerment in it’s true sense. Someone to believe in you before you have belief in yourself.
Our inner critic undermines our self-confidence and creates limitations that are purely self-inflicted. They are exactly that though, self-inflicted. Imagine what we can all be and achieve without us standing in our way? That’s why, in whatever work capacity I am in, I want everyone around me to achieve anything they wish to. Call it paying it forward.
Why is confidence important to you?
If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else? We owe it to ourselves to give us the best chance we have to make it out there and achieve as many goals as we want. We need to put the faith in our own ability in the first place.
Confidence is the ability to get out there and stand up for yourself, fight for yourself! We really do owe it to ourselves.
Do you ever experience self-doubt and how do you move past it?
More often that not! Sometimes, it is me internalising the limitations imposed on me by others. Most of the time, it’s me standing in my own way, either from fear, or uncertainty.
I notice more self-doubt when presented with opportunity, or a new challenge. As I stand at the edge of the precipice looking at it, the automatic negative thoughts come in. However, everything I have accomplished to date wasn’t from a position of being prepared, or having full knowledge of it.
I have confidence in my ability to learn and grow and rise to the situation at hand. I’ve proven it to myself time and time again, which is what I revert to at such times. I also go to my inner circle, who provide the support, or quell the doubt which doesn’t exist.
What is a hurdle in your life that you have overcome?
Knowing what the hell to do next! Sometimes you just have to take the leap into the unknown and go for it. I’m a big believer in the universe and believe that everything happens for a reason. That I must trust myself, and the process.
If you need to pick yourself up how do you do this?
I have an aggressively supportive girl gang, and openly voice when I am having an off-day or down moment. They are always at the ready to remind me what a badass I am! I recommend getting into such gangs.
Other times, I practice positive reinforcement, being grateful for what I have in my life, re-focusing on what I am yet to achieve and that so many good things are yet to come. That whatever I am feeling now, is fleeting and temporary, and doesn’t discount or deduce my ability to fulfill my purpose. If all else fails, I will read a book!
What does living life confidently mean to you?
Giving yourself permission to live the life you truly desire, in your heart of hearts, away from any societal conventions or considerations as to what other people think that should look like. Then going forth and making that a reality. There is no higher expression!
Do you set goals? How?
Absolutely. I am so goal-orientated and unrelenting in my approach to achieve them. I know that is how my mindset works. Once I have full commitment from myself that I will do this, or want this for myself, it will happen. I made myself a promise, and I intend to keep it! The last person I want to respond to is me, when the question comes up of “Well, why didn’t you do it?“. Setting goals allows me to articulate my purpose, and gain momentum. It all forms part of a bigger picture, which is, the life I want to lead.
How do you approach goal setting?
For the last 7 years, I have been using the MiGoals diary. The diary prompts you for weekly, monthly, quarterly check-ins against your long and short-term goals.
I set my minimum goals in December for the coming year, and add to the list as the year progresses. An important thing I find is setting a time frame, and a small reward (over and above the inherent achievement of the goal itself) is important. The goals also have to be very clear and concise, so I know when I have achieved them and how to measure progress against them. When it is vague and undefined, it’s not very tangible to work with and you can lose focus.
How do you stay on track?
I ask myself, if I don’t achieve this goal, how will I feel about myself? Disappointed? Remorseful, that I should have done more? I hate carrying around a sense of regret, which is enough motivation to make sure my actions are orientated around my goals.
If I am not on track, then I look at what I need to do differently, and ask myself how I can achieve it. When you ask yourself the how question, you start thinking about options and alternative routes to get you there.
How do you celebrate wins?
First, I give myself a big round of applause. Always clap for yourself! It’s so important to pause and take a moment to celebrate our successes. We are so conditioned to just move onto the next thing, without taking a moment to appreciate all that we have done to get to where we are. Celebrating the success and treating yourself like a winner makes that feeling addictive, and a driver to go for it again instead of burning out.
At the end of each goal, I set a reward for myself, and don’t allow that to be realised until the goal is. So I’ll buy the thing, or go to the place. Or, I celebrate with the people who have been with me along the journey to achieve that goal. It strengthens the relationships I have, but also allows me to be grateful to those along the way.
What are you most enjoying in life right now?
I love developing Workshop& with my squad. In my own time, I get to explore an unequivocal shared passion of ours – empowerment.
The opportunities are endless and it’s just a matter of choice. I love that get to work with amazing people on project delivery, and be a role model for some. I love the creative, inspiring and thought-provoking conversations I get to have with people. I also love brunch on weekends, champagne in the evening.
I love that I am starting to get out of my own way and remove those self-imposed barriers.
Any books or podcasts inspiring and motivating you right now?
I just finished reading Jen Sincero’s ‘You Are A Badass at Making Money‘. The book is about giving yourself permission to get the life you desire because the universe is limitless in abundance, the work involved to get it is within. I have a few similar books on the go about mindset and manifestation.
Own Your Hustle podcast by one amazing badass Ruby Lee is on my playlist for the drive into work. She is so relatable and honest, and her passion radiates in what she does.
Future Women have started a series, focusing on how to be a better you at work. It discusses gender equity and inspirational stories from other women. I love seeing women celebrate and promote the success of other women. It’s how we raise the status quo for each other!
What is your next challenge?
I’m actually one to never reveal my next step. So, you will have to wait and see!
Finally, any words of wisdom that have resonated most in your life?
I am fortunate to have the best of mentors and people taking a vested interest in my career and life and have received priceless advice. One piece of advice which is ingrained into my DNA is from my dad, who has told me this for as long as I have had memory; “Go and tell no-one“. I’m not going to tell you more than that! And next time someone tells you you can’t, turn that s#!t into fuel and show them exactly what you can do!
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