Life can be hard for a woman. Even with all the progress, we have made in gender studies and feminism, adversity still faces a large number of women around the world. No wonder some of the brightest and most promising females sometimes have second thoughts about pursuing their dreams and going for gold. It would be such a shame if we were to miss out on a life-changing philosophy or scientific discovery just because a woman decided to let go of her aspirations and chase a simpler goal in life. We will talk about three reasons women choose not to chase their dreams.

I am not ready yet

Many women miss life changing opportunities when they utter the words “I am not ready yet.” They think that the numerous steps must be taken in order to take action. While taking things one step at a time is the safest way to do things, it could lead to a lack of progression and a long period of stagnation. You could miss the golden opportunity to impress your boss or maybe start up a business you have always thought about. There is nothing wrong with avoiding bad decisions; it just becomes a problem when you fail to make a decision at the end of the day.

What to do: Since taking things step by step is safe, you should learn to always think one step ahead. This way you will be ready for any opportunities that might come your way. Read up on any ideas you want to pursue or make extra moves that might impress your boss and lead to a promotion. The key is to prepare to pursue your dreams instead of just waiting for your dreams to come. You will never be ready if you do not make yourself ready. Always do what you need to do so that you are prepared to tackle any opportunities that lie ahead.

Three things women tell themselves that lead to letting go of their dreams

I am not good enough for it

Most people think that perfectionism can lead to a successful life; they could not be more wrong. Perfectionism isn’t necessarily helpful, especially if it reaches a point where your self-esteem is lowered. Perfectionists often think that they can be better than they already are which leads to the problem of always wanting to get better at something. Think of it as sort of an eternal preparation that will often lead to nowhere. The fact is, not one human being on earth has ever, or will ever, achieve perfection in anything.

What to do: This might really sound simple, but believing in yourself is a great start to overcoming a perfectionist attitude. Assuming that you have already gained enough skill or knowledge to pursue an endeavour, you should already believe that you can actually do it. Don not think that you are not good enough if you have already put an enormous amount of work and a lot of time into getting better at what you do. Sometimes, all it takes is a little confidence to get started on something you love. Overcome the fear of not being good enough and just go for it.

I will do it some other day

Many people are guilty of this. Be it as simple as having your teeth cleaned or fixing a leak in the bathroom, a lot of people tend to procrastinate. Imagine what procrastination would do to something you are passionate about and actually love; far more problematic than calling a plumber to plug up that leak, isn’t it?  Anyone can come up with excuses on why they should do something later and this is why many people tend to forget about their dreams and goals in life.

What to do: If you can do something you love today, why not do it right away? Grab the opportunity as soon as you can because you never know how long it will be within your reach. Do not turn a can into a could have just because you felt like staying in bed another day or relaxing for another week. If you really are passionate and motivated to do something, do it the moment you see it in front of you.

So now that you have a few ideas on what you can do to help you chase your dream, you should be able to get up and go for it. Remember that you are ready for it; good enough for it; and do it as soon as you can so that you have the best chance to act on your ideas and be the person you want to be.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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