Mujeres y Allies,
There are many cultural values within the Latino community that make us hard working, loyal and dependable. Our values around family and taking care of one another run deep and these are strengths that keep bringing us much satisfaction and now there’s increasing evidence that our connectedness and high levels of social support keeps us healthy. The downside is that our hardworking nature can lead us to say “yes” to many demands and create for us a list of things to do that’s endless. Meeting the demands of family, work and community--while also facing economic pressures--is at the heart of the chronic stress that is contributing to the nation’s reduced life expectancy which was recently featured in the recent HBO Documentary One Nation Under Stress. Meditation, healthy eating, exercise, and creating your social support (in person and not just on-line) are all part of the solution. One other step for us is to learn how to say “no” to distractions, meaningless assignments, or worse, taking on other people’s work. Building your skill at saying no--with grace--is also part of demonstrating a sense of priority that is essential to effective leadership and your personal brand.
Uno, dos, y tres. Let’s do this con ganas.