She’s not your competition; Day twenty three

blog headerCourage is founded in a conviction or value we hold. In the words from the powerful book and movie, The Help, “….I realised, I actually had a choice in what I could believe.” We have a choice in what we believe about our place and ourselves in womanhood.  We can embrace the higher value of womanhood – above damaging, destructive and unhealthy competitiveness, which is not only personally damaging, but detrimental to the reputation and efforts of all women.

The higher value of womanhood is founded in understanding that:

  • Healthy competition brings out my best rather than measures me against others, and can bring extraordinary things in my worlds.
  • I am uniquely brilliant.
  • Women are potentially my greatest allies.

This is the sure ground on which our courage can stand.  It is good and right to value womanhood, to uphold and champion other women, but it will, at times, take great courage; a brave heart and a strong mind in the face of opinions, cultural position, and hardest of all – our personal thoughts and feelings.

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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".