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As women business owners, we have so much on our plates; time is precious in both our business and our personal lives. There is one thing that can quickly mess up that delicate balance AND the cool part (or not) is that we are in complete control of it.

It’s boundaries. Yup, that’s right, the dreaded B word. Some of you might be shaking your head; who me? I have great boundaries. Okay, so let’s look at that.

How visual are you? Well, if you’re like the average person, 90% of the information transmitted to your brain is visual, and you process visuals 60,000 times faster than text (1). Wow. Apparently we should rephrase the well-known saying to “a picture is worth 60,000 words.”

Have you ever heard of the Sigmoid Curve? In basic terms, the Sigmoid Curve is a mathematical concept which represents the ups and downs we face in many areas of our lives. It is a sideways S-shaped line. The Sigmoid Curve looks like a wavy line, traveling up, and traveling back down over and over. We are surrounded by so many examples of this ebb and flow in our lives. Darkness and light, the changing seasons, and even our own emotions follow this general curve. Our lives are full of examples of the ups and downs this curve represents. We can apply this simple concept to our personal lives and our work lives, learning to recognize when changes are coming and adjustments must be made in the way we do things.

Early on in my professional career, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity available to me, especially the low cost ones. I had never made it through college, so it meant a lot to me to try and develop in other ways. Someone from my community knew this about me and recommended that I apply for a leadership program in our area. The program took applicants from three counties and exposed them to many functions of leadership (economic development, state and local government, poverty, agriculture, personal development, community service and non-profit organizations.) As someone with a lot of passion for the community I live in, this was very attractive to me. In debating if I should pursue the opportunity, a woman I knew at the time told me, “No, you will never be a leader.”

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