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The challenge of professional women being 'soft and strong'

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The definition of femininity is constantly evolving. In the last 100 years, it’s sped through many different guises and it seems, what it means to be a modern woman has been redefined once again. 

New research released by Always unveils what it means to be a woman in the modern age, including the characteristics of a ‘modern woman’ and a revised definition of femininity including both soft and strong attributes

Someone who embodies the modern definition of being a woman in the UK’s number 3 female professional tennis player and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, Heather Watson. Fresh from the US Open and Coupe Banque Nationale, she talks about women and equality in tennis, her own career, and how she thinks being both soft and strong is important in both her personal and professional life.

According to Entreprenur.com, there are traits successful women encompass, here they are: 


1. She has a positive attitude. There's no energy that can mimic what's released when a positive, high-stepping woman enters a room. A positive attitude is the fuel needed to drive us from idea conception to realization.


A positive attitude takes conscious effort on your part. Arrest negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Listen to the things you're saying to yourself in your mind. Deliberately use words that focus on constructive, affirming truths about yourself.


To help you stay positive, surround yourself with people who'll encourage, inspire and believe in you. If you have a positive attitude, you'll be able to see the potential that lies within you.


2. She can overcome obstacles. Women who've struggled in their lives tend to have amazing inner strength. Use adversity to your advantage. At the end of a struggle, you're a better, more valuable person. Helen Keller said, "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved." Find what you're meant to learn in a struggle, and you'll see that it isn't as fierce as it appears to be.


3. She is strong-minded. Strong minded doesn't mean that you're rude, conceited or destructive. On the contrary, a strong-minded woman displays confidence. When you're strong minded, you're empowered, possess a healthy self image and take responsibility for your life. The entrepreneurial spirit, by its very nature, requires us to consider possibilities that most aren't brave enough to.


4. She is soft-hearted. Charity and compassion allow us to reach beyond our cookie-cutter lives and make a difference in the lives of others. By reaching out to others, we grow as individuals. A woman with a compassionate heart has great influence.


5. She has integrity. You don't need to leave victims in your path to be victorious. You don't need to step on others to step to the next level. Integrity must be the very core of your character. Always put honor before dollars and live by your convictions. As you gain respect and trust, your company will grow. People seek to do business with those they trust.


6. She has balance in her life. Our lives revolve around four major categories: family and friends, health, wealth and spirit. These areas must be balanced to lead a fulfilled life. Evaluate your balance continually. A balanced life allows you to think clearly with imagination and optimism.


7. She sets goals. Goals are dreams with a plan for realization. Commit your short- and long-term goals to writing. Record how and when you'll achieve them. Post your goals in plain sight and review them often. Record the reward when the goal is attained. Remember that you can't hit a mark you can't see, and continual success demands a plan.


8. She is driven by a cause. Looking for the hole in the market is a strategic move in every entrepreneur's plan. Find the needs in your business ventures and pursue those causes with passion.


9. She is a teacher. Great woman teach. People want to know what you have that ignites that flame within. We can help mold the great women of tomorrow.


10. She's focused on the next step. The greatest point of resistance is just before breakthrough. We must have a stubborn resolve to see ourselves to the other side. When challenging circumstances seek to derail us, if we just take that next step, we'll find that we've made it.


Like Heather stated on her experience, you don't have to be one or the other, you can be both, being both is how we're able to navigate through our daily & professional life organically, it's what makes you multi-faceted. Are you a woman who has found being soft and strong a challenge in your professional life? We'd like to hear from you on our Twitter or Instagram

Let's Talk: Can you be both soft and strong professionally? Here is Heather Watson's definition of femininity.

Biz spoke to UK’s number 3 female professional tennis player and Wimbledon mixed doubles champion, Heather Watson. Fresh from the US Open and Coupe Banque Nationale, we spoke about being soft and strong & her definition of femininity.