She’s not your competition; Day twenty eight

blog headerWhen competition is only seen as a yardstick of worth then we are all at risk of never being good enough.  In fact it is a guarantee because there is always someone better prepared, more gifted, with greater support than ourselves. But that is good news because when we know that this is to be expected, then there is no need to put ourselves under pressure to ‘win against the opposition’ in every situation. It is a certainty that it cannot happen.

One of the primary reasons for personal disappointment in any situation is unmet expectations. Yet it is very easy to set ourselves up against expectations that no one could be expected to meet, and then beat ourselves up when we don’t. There is a saying, ‘if you know it’s going to rain then take an umbrella’. In other words be prepared for what may lie ahead. This is not pessimism but a form of robust reality that accepts the risks and has a ‘go’ anyway.

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About Penny

Penny was born in England, raised in New Zealand, lived in America and settled in Perth, Australia. Together with her husband Mark, she is raising a teenage daughter and has twin twenty-something sons. "Coming home at the end of a solid working day to family and friends is my delight" says Penny, Co-author of the book – She’s Not Your Competition. She is a heart-felt communicator who believes in the power of a person’s story. Penny has over 25 years experience as a high level leader and spokesperson in both the private and non-profit sectors with significant public relations experience. She is currently the CEO of South Coastal Women's Health Services, and prior on the Leadership Teams of Rise Network and Riverview supporting people in areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and children overseas at risk of exploitation. She holds an MBA and MBL, and is a Board Director for the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia. For the past 15 years she has provided pro-bono support as a mentor for leaders and consultant to not for profits. Penny’s personal life endeavour is a determination to "make life better not bitter".