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Women Taking the Lead with Jodi Flynn

Women Taking the Lead is a podcast containing interviews with women who have achieved success and men who help women develop their leadership; topical episodes giving insights and how-to's in the areas of leadership and personal and professional development, as well as "on-air" coaching episodes. The aim of Women Taking the Lead is to inspire you to overcome self-doubt so you can follow your true calling, earn the money you deserve, create more time for fun on your journey, develop relationships that support you, and to silence your inner critic, and make working on your mindset for success a top priority.
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Jul 31, 2016

Jessica Williams is a career and leadership coach for women and founder of The Superwoman Project where she is dedicated to helping women declare ownership over their professional lives to achieve more money, success and joy. Jessica holds a Master’s

Degree in Strategic Communications from The University of Oregon, is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach and a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She is also the host of The Superwoman Chronicles, a podcast highlighting the work of extraordinary women around the globe.

Playing Small Moment

When Jessica started her own business she found herself trying to understand her audience, figuring out what she was actually doing and looking for a “magic bullet” in the form of someone to tell her what to do.  She decided to invest in a business coach but after a very short period of time, she had feelings of misalignment and anxiety. She had to come to terms with losing her investment and start doing it all on her own. But, as soon as she started trusting herself and owning her expertise her business exploded.

The Wake Up Call

Jessica’s wake up call came when she left the best job in town. Even though through this position she was held in high esteem and influential in her community, she just couldn’t stay. She realized there is no need to wait until something gets really bad before we come into alignment with our calling.

Style of Leadership

Jessica goes inward when it comes to leadership. She tries to figure out where she is holding back and how she can remove the obstacles others are having on their way to success.

Current Leadership Challenge

Jessica is interested in the challenge of empowering women. She wants to create a movement so women can take care of themselves without becoming more masculine.

What Are You Excited About?

The Superwoman Chronicles podcast is what has Jessica really excited right now. She loves highlighting the work of amazing women all around the world.

Leadership Practice

Meditation is the practice that allows Jessica to know herself better which leads to her being a better leader. 

Book to Develop Leadership

The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Advice For Younger Self

“Stop worrying about everybody else and learn to take care of yourself.”

Inspirational Quote

Do not now seek the answers which cannot be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now.” - Jessica Williams

“Be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there.” - Rilke

Links

www.thesuperwomanproject.com 

www.thesuperwomanproject.com/free-stuff

Find more resources at: https://womentakingthelead.com

 

Jul 29, 2016

I'm just going to bottom line it. Taking care of yourself – body, mind, and soul – is the foundation of being and feeling successful.

People often dismiss this key component of success because they become overly focused on the end result – a new job, a career advancement, another degree or certification.

And if you're in my tribe of entrepreneurial minded, Type A, ambitious women, you know this is one of your stumbling blocks.

Success Starts with You

Anyone can push hard for an immediate goal. However, if you’re focused on success that will last, you're going to have to take care of yourself. 

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health.”

Dr. Stephen Covey, author of the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, calls it “Sharpen the Saw”.

Successful people develop and maintain a balance or focus in four areas of life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.

When we renew ourselves continually in each of these four areas we enhance our ability to cope with the inevitable challenges that come at us.

Keep in mind that while self-care is key, it’s imperative you pay close attention to your habits – because your habits determine your success.

You can do all you want to take the best care of yourself– but if you’re not willing to honestly examine and alter your habits – don’t expect to get anywhere fast.

Go back to the last episode/post, The Secret to Being Successful With Ease, to help you get in the mindset to commit to forming new habits.

I'm going to focus on four key areas but I've also got a worksheet below that you can use to identify where you need focus on taking care of yourself.

Read more and find all the resources shared in this post at https://womentakingthelead.com/feel-successful/

 

Jul 27, 2016

Carrie Hartunian works with business owners and entrepreneurs to develop accelerated growth strategies in highly competitive industries. She creates and executes strategic growth plans,  directing integrations and marketing automation, as well as  manages projects and establishes benchmarks for success. Her expertise in fostering winning cultures, increased productivity and reducing costs in mission-driven environments are just a few of her recognized talents as a talented and accomplished leader.

Playing Small Moment

Carrie didn’t feel like she was playing an essential role at her family owned business but she had big aspirations to become significant. Her small moment came when her family’s company was purchased by a group of venture capitalists. The COO hired her for a short 6-month transition period. It was then that Carrie started to see her true value. She tapped into her special gifts and began acquiring other companies and moved into the advertising world with great success.

The Wake Up Call

Carrie was ripe for a wake up call. The position she was in didn’t give her a reason to mentally get out of bed in the morning. But as a single mom, she needed to be thoughtful in her decisions. When her discomfort grew to disabling, she dusted off her resume and accepted what was at that time a risky out of state opportunity to help an ad agency get off the ground. It was there she was able to surround herself with people she could learn from.

Style of Leadership

Carrie believes in inspiring enthusiasm in her team because it helps to motivate them towards goals. If a team doesn’t buy into a leader’s vision, then the plan won’t work. A leader must listen to the team and be open to changing their plan if a great idea comes out of brainstorming.

Current Leadership Challenge

Carrie’s current challenge is trying to scale her service-based business. It is a ‘which direction to lead her business’ type of challenge.

What Are You Excited About?

Carrie has been working with business people to elevate their brand by writing a book and getting it to rank on amazon. The book is designed to build the client’s authority, generate leads and gain a profit. She says there is nothing more exciting than telling a client they have made it to #1 bestseller in multiple categories.

Leadership Practice

Parenting taught Carrie how to overcome challenges in creative ways which made her a better leader. She also adapts her observations from people watching in to her leadership practice.

Book to Develop Leadership

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

Advice For Younger Self

Don’t worry, the dark moments are temporary and they will pass.

Inspirational Quote

Everything is temporary, it will pass.” - Carrie Hartunian Smith

Links

www.SmartMarketingConsulting.com 

 

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Jul 24, 2016

Steve Forbes, the Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Media has called him a “Grand Master” of communications skills and Elite Books has called him “One of the fifty most influential business thinkers today”.

Dave Frees is an attorney, author, entrepreneur and speaker who has lived a fascinating life that took him across the globe and exposed him to master communicators, persuaders, and negotiators in hundreds of nations and across many cultures. He is a master of teaching enhanced communication and how to go from being persuasive to being truly influential

A Woman Who Has Influenced Your Life

Dave lives and works in a very estrogen-rich environment but his earth-mother wife has the biggest impact on him as a leader. Dave is normally the fiery one and his wife has a more subtle way of dealing with things in their relationship. An example of this is when Dave increases the sound of his voice intentionally with their children. His wife thought it had gone a little too far so she calmly pointed out that raising his voice did not seem to be an effective way of communicating with the kids. She pointed it out several times until Dave realized she was right and promptly stopped raising his voice.

What He Sees That Hold Women Back

Dave notices that many intellectual women, especially in helping professions, do not charge clients what they are worth. He says they seem to be afraid to take credit for their hard work. And, they are often surprised to learn that if they don’t charge people, they will not believe the service offered has value.

What He Has Learned from Women

Women have taught Dave two very important things. One is the skill of being adaptable in their communication style and they are good at making sure their message is heard which led to him writing his book, The Language of Parenting. The second is the skill of patience when communicating. 

The Necessary Changes

Dave sees many women who are leaders or in the process of becoming leaders who impose limitations on themselves. He believes that if they overcome internal objections they can hone in on their leadership skills.   

What Are You Excited About?

Dave’s new program, Persuasion to Influence, has him really excited. He is building and testing different aspects of his program at his live events.

Inspirational Quote

No plan survives contact with the enemy. So, plan early and often.” ~Dave Frees

“The quality of my communication is the quality of the response I get.” ~Dave Frees

Interview Links

Website: http://www.successtechnologies.com/blog

Twitter: https://twitter.com/davefrees

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidfrees

 

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Jul 20, 2016

In this episode, I welcome Michelle Dutro to the show. Michelle was a military veteran by the age of 22 and she joined the fire department at the age of 35.  Michelle has always been determined to pursue her dreams. She has spent more than a decade working in a field of preventative medicine which has spurred her to emphasize the importance of good health. Her goal is to inspire and motivate others to pursue their passions in life.   

On the way home from school in 7th grade, Michelle saw someone being bullied. She believes that witnessing someone being treated badly and not do anything about it is the most intolerable form of evil she can imagine. She vows never to allow another person go through what that person went through. It is her mission to be a voice for those who don’t have one.

Playing Small Moment

Michelle doesn’t feel she has a small moment; she just wants to help people find their special gift and follow their special purpose. She has been that way her entire life. She believes that not following a purpose in life is not an option. She helps people to remember what things they loved doing before society, parents, or culture got in the way.

The Wake Up Call

For Michelle, there was no landmark epiphany. She lives in a constant state of evaluation about how she can do better and how she can do more. She decided to become a firefighter because she felt it was the most effective way for her to help those who need it most. Analyzing how she handled emergencies led her to educate people on how to avoid emergencies in the first place. Michele knew her work should focus on prevention.   

Style of Leadership

BOLD and confident. Michelle doesn’t mince words and she doesn’t hold back. She says there is a very big difference between being nice and being kind. She defines kindness as seeing someone for who they truly are and then helping them become who they need to be. Placating people through being nice only enables them to stay where they are or to play small.

Current Business Challenge

Michelle’s biggest challenge is the linear thinking required for paperwork. She is aware that being organized is not her gift and often finds herself putting these types of tasks on the back burner.    

What Are You Excited About?

Michelle is excited to launch her online course and new book. It’s a life reboot for people who feel stuck or uncertain about why they are here in this life. 

Book to Develop Leadership

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Advice For Younger Self

No matter what, believe that anything is possible. Don’t push away emotion. 

Inspirational Quote

Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Links

www.innernorthstar.com

www.thegamechangerpodcast.com

 

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Jul 17, 2016

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Alicia Cuello, a National Conference Speaker, a facilitator, and coach who specializes in non-verbal communication. She has spent over 20 years reading and interpreting body language and she is the host of the popular podcast series Body Language for Sales Success. She earned her Master of Human Resource Management degree from the University of Houston.

When Alicia describes her unimaginable childhood it might make you think that she and her four sisters would never have amounted to anything. But when you see the businesswoman Alicia is today, you truly understand how resilient she is in every aspect of her life and career. In fact, she still uses some of the skills she learned as a young girl to propel her forward in her industry.

Despite Alicia’s past, she has been able to overcome all obstacles with the help of women mentors early in her career. It was the first time someone cared about what she could accomplish and she bent over backwards to be the best that she could be, for them.

Her goal is to make the world a better place through a combination of HR and body language.

Playing Small Moment

Alicia’s mentor, Lynn told her, “You remind me of myself but you are screwing it up.” Lynn was a Vice President and the head of nursing at her place of employment. She would meet with Alicia one-on-one and help her to get her act together. Alicia says “Lynn saw something in me. She made me believe I had so much more to offer.” Alicia’s small moment happened when she allowed Lynn to help her believe in herself.

The Wake Up Call

Alicia had spent 20+ years in Human Resources where the pay was good but the work was starting to crush her soul. She stayed a while longer, knowing she wanted out. So, she made the decision to get a business coach and with his help she started Underlying Communications and eventually left corporate America.

Style of Leadership

Alicia isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She steps back to observe and absorb how the game is being played before she makes a leadership decision. She believes power can be found in silence. When she is ready to effectively lead, she leads by doing. She feels more like one of the pack than someone who stands at the helm barking orders.

Current Business Challenge

Alicia says maneuvering through all the noise is her current business challenge. She has been sharing on all of the social platforms and even video-blogging for some time, but the time has come for her to create proposals and network herself and her business. She says the process is like an additional full-time job.

What Are You Excited About?

Alicia is excited about a new opportunity to give a presentation to two large, national HR organizations in San Bernardino. It gives her the opportunity to turn a bad situation into something that benefits people.

Book to Develop Leadership

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Dr. Lois Frankel

Advice For Younger Self

“Get into therapy sooner. You are better than this and your behavior is a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Inspirational Quote

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Links

Website: www.underlyingcommunications.com

Email: alicia@underlyingcommunications.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnderlyingCommunications

Free Gift: http://www.underlyingcommunications.com/interview-with-jodi-flynn-invitation-and-free-gift/

 

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Jul 15, 2016

Welcome to this 16th bonus episode for Women Taking the Lead.

In the last bonus episode I talked about how it’s so important to have a picture in your mind of what success is going to look like and a sense of how you are going to feel when you get there.

I also did a guided exercise to help you with that so if you have not listened to that episode yet go back and listen to Bonus Episode: A Future You’ll Be Excited About.

I’m talking to you now about commitment but it’s really important you have something worth committing to.

When you have that really important something come back to this episode as I guide you to the next step.

At the beginning stages of forming what success will look and feel like you have the thought, but no action or very little action to back it up. If in the past you stayed in this phase you probably noticed that you were just wishing and wishing, and then you noticed all the time going by with no wish granted.

Every now and again you may take tentative steps toward this dream. You try something new; you buy lottery tickets or you try to form a new habit that will get you better results. If it doesn't pan out you go back to wishing.

If you want to achieve that success you imagine it will require changes; changes you must commit to.

Access the full transcript and find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 13, 2016

Today I am pleased to talk with C S Wurzberger, also known as the Green Up Girl. C S is on an important mission to inspire people to care for the earth and its animals. She offers earth-friendly, adventure-packed activity packs for children, teens and adults so they can safely explore the earth and its animals. She does this by hosting podcasts and publishing a series of how to Greenup guides. She is also the founder and director of Zoocademy, the teaching zoo that travels to you. C S loves guiding children, teens and adults on fun and virtual expeditions to meet exotic and endangered animals. She enjoys connecting with organizations working to save endangered animals from extinction and sharing simple ways people can join in to live a greener, cleaner healthier lifestyle.

C S started giving nature classes when she was 12 and that was just the beginning. For the past 12 years, she has been the Director of a 150 acre petting zoo with 300 animals, and she previously owned a web development/Internet marketing company. She has published 5 different books on marketing as part of the Wildly Profitable Marketing series for related industries. Her name, The Green Up Girl started in Vermont. When she was young every first Saturday of May was Green Up Day in Vermont. This day is for people in the community to get outside and help the environment by picking up trash. C S says trash on the side of the road has always bothered her, so much so that she drove her mother crazy. No matter where they were, she made her mother stop so she could pick up trash along the road.

Playing Small Moment

C S found it difficult, at first, to think about what her small moment was. And, then it hit her like a lightning bolt when she realized she has been playing small her entire life. She knew when she was only seven she wanted to inspire people to take care of the earth and its animals but she always let her various careers get in the way of her true path. When her soul started crying out for attention is when she decided to follow the path of her life’s mission.

The Wake Up Call

The last few months have been life changing for C S. Her mother’s death and an out-of-the-blue real estate listing reminded her of all of the skills she had acquired during her life and how they could now be used to run her mission-driven company.

Style of Leadership

C S is a “let’s get it done” type of leader. She is all about accomplishing her client’s ultimate goal and making it happen.   

What Are You Excited About?

Her new Zoocademy project is what has got C S in a tizzy. She is excited to get earth and animal education in front of all the children she can. Plus, she vows to keep the entire project dutifully licensed. 

Current Business Challenge

C S is actually having trouble sleeping because she is so passionate about the work she is doing. She’s really hoping to find a balance between her self-care practices, meditation, and her strong desire to move her projects forward.

Book to Develop Leadership

The Success Principles - 10-Year Anniversary Issue by Jack Canfield

Advice For Younger Self

C S would go back and advise her younger self to stay focused, trust herself and not to let anyone or anything derail her.  

Inspirational Quote

“What we appreciate we preserve. What we value we conserve. What we are taught we understand. And, when we understand, we can come together to protect the earth and its animals. ”

Links

TheGreenUpGirl.com

www.facebook.com/TheGreenUpGirl

zoocademy.org/

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 10, 2016

Karen Jehanian is the Owner/President of KMJ Consulting Inc., an innovative transportation engineering consulting firm located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The firm focuses on improving mobility. She began living her true passion as an entrepreneur at 8-years-old. She likes to be the best version of herself and continually improve, while helping others to do the same. In her spare time, she volunteers, reads, plays golf and takes long walks on the beach. 

At a young age, Karen was surrounded by entrepreneurs and a very courageous mother. Her Grandparents started from scratch, making use of their fantastic work ethic and family values. Karen knew by the 7th grade she wanted to own her own business. She landed in civil engineering and went to the co-op program at Drexel University. One of the reasons she started her company was because she wanted to create a more friendly and productive culture with an atmosphere that inspires creativity and where the people care as much about each other as they do their product and their clients.

Playing Small Moment

Karen’s biggest small moment was brought on by an uncomfortable feeling she had. At first, she didn’t believe she could run a business on her own. She thought she needed a partner, but just before they incorporated she realized she was making a big mistake and could succeed on her own.

The Wake Up Call

Karen says sometimes you have to hear the same story repeatedly for it to sink in. As a woman, Karen tended to think ‘this is happening because I am a woman’. But one day, she shared a problem she was having with a group of male colleagues and someone said: “Oh, I have that problem on a daily basis”. So, she asked him how he had dealt with it and he responded: “I tell the person to get out of my office and to handle the problem themselves”. It changed her life. She accepted that she did not have to accept responsibility for everything someone puts in front of her, she could just say no.

Style of Leadership

Karen prefers a collaborative leadership style. She likes to envision her team in a row boat and they are all rowing in the same direction towards their goals. 

What Are You Excited About?

Karen is excited to start teaching a course in Entrepreneurship at Drexel’s Close School of Entrepreneurship. She says that teaching has helped her to expand her mind and to better understand people. 

Tips to Become a Better Leader

Karen says her daily meditation and prayer practices make her calmer which also makes her a better leader. Also, she sleeps well when she expresses her gratitude.   

Book to Develop Leadership

How to Become A Great Boss by Jeffrey J. Fox

Advice For Younger Self

Karen would tell her younger self to take more risks earlier in her career and to play a team sport, so she could have learned more about give and take.

Inspirational Quotes

“Anything is possible.” ~ Karen Jehanian

Links

www.kmjinc.com

 

Find more resources at https://womentakingthelead.com

Jul 6, 2016

Paula Gosney is a writer, businesswoman, feminist, warrior, speaker and mom. At 11-years-old she was sent to boarding school, and during her teenage years she became the victim of sexual assault. Her 20’s were spent seeking pain relief through a mix of hard drugs, alcohol, and personal development masters. She established her first business at 21. Her current endeavor, Belief School, is an accumulation of all she has learned, taught and lived. Her personal vision is to help other women heal more quickly, accept love earlier in their lives and contribute to their own lives sooner. Much like what she would have done, had she been exposed to the principles she teaches today sooner. 

“As women, we need to celebrate our broken bits and stop the righteousness, stop the blaming and hold each other up. Because we are bloody awesome.” - Paula Gosney

Playing the Small Moment

Women succumb to two types of fear. One is an intuition-based fear which comes from deep in our subconscious. It is a healthy, survival-based fear. “Women are taught to ignore our gut feelings,” Paula says, “but what we should be doing is giving ourselves permission to trust this fear”. The second type of fear is one we should not allow ourselves to fall prey to, as it is one of the greatest poisons of our society. It is when we feel this fear telling us we cannot do something or we are not good enough that we need to embrace the moment and know that we are not the voices in our heads.

The Wake Up Call

Paula’s wakeup call came during some of her darkest days. She was listening to her inner victim and living the life it chose for her. One day, a profound thing happened as she was sitting in her car. Almost mystically, the clouds parted, the sun hit her shoulders and she thought “Wait, I get to choose how my life will be”. She found it empowering and now teaches others that if we stop listening to our inner victim we will become creative, solution-focused and powerful.

Style of Leadership

Paula believes in a service based leadership approach and leading by example. She says “we have to be the lighthouse and light the way for others by owning our own mistakes.” She adds “the world around us is a reflection of who we are being.”

What Are You Excited About?

Paula is bursting with excitement over her new book The Fuck Off Handbook for Healing and Celebrating Your Broken Bits. It’s just now coming together but she already knows it’s really good. It is a practical guide about shedding shame and owning our experiences. She adds that this book may not be the last as she certainly has 1 or 2 more books in her.

Leadership Challenge

Paula faces the challenge of moving into a bigger mindset. In her other businesses, she has always done everything herself. Her new project requires more funding and more partners. Everything is expanding. She is presently adopting a THINK BIG mentality and moving past previous challenges.   

Book to Develop Leadership

The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris

Advice For Younger Self

Paula says she would grab her 16-year-old self by the shoulders and say “This is not about you. This has nothing to do with you. You get to choose your story.” and “Define what gives you satisfaction for yourself, don’t let it be defined by the people around you.”

Inspirational Quotes

Paula finds it beneficial to choose one of her limiting beliefs and then write her own success quote around it. 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Links

How to Be Recognized for the Work You Do Webinar

Belief School

Belief School on Facebook

 

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Jul 3, 2016

Nicole Hoglund is a marketing + small business coach. Her experience in marketing started out in 2008 and has evolved as the industry has changed over those years. She loves all things that deal with your brand and getting your message out into the world through online marketing. She believes that attracting the right customers to your website through strategic intentional content marketing is how you can achieve your own version of success! In her free time she loves yoga, wine, her dog, + husband!

Playing Small Moment

While working as an Account Manager at her previous job, Nicole had a contact she had a conflict with and this older gentleman’s disrespectful words made her feel small. And, she found herself playing small by letting self-doubt creep in. Nicole realized then she needed to stop internalizing what others say to her based on their own jealousy.

The Wake Up Call

Nicole had a wakeup call after her miscarriage, which led her to re-evaluate her life and career choices.

Style of Leadership

Leading by listening and cheering people on is Nicole’s style of leadership.

Current Leadership Challenge

Getting her voice heard and having people see her as a leader is Nicole’s leadership challenge.

What Are You Excited About?

Nicole is excited about the creation of her eCourse, which is for small business owners to take charge of their online content.

Leadership Practice

In order to be a better leader, Nicole has to practice these 3 things each day: tell her husband she loves him, take her dog for a walk, and shutdown her computer at 5 pm.

Book to Develop Leadership

For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker

Advice For Younger Self

As a twin sibling, Nicole’s advice to her younger self is that it’s OK to be her own person and she doesn’t have to compete constantly with her twin.

Inspirational Quote

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” ~Thomas J Peters

Interview Links

www.honestlyable.com

Nicole Hoglund on Instagram

Nicole Hoglund on Twitter

Nicole Hoglund on Facebook

 

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Jul 1, 2016

Welcome, welcome I’m excited to have you here with me because I’m talking about something I really enjoy talking about: imagination.

I’ve talked previously about how the women I work with all have a vision of themselves achieving success. There is some image they have in their mind that represents the moment when they’ve made it.

Not only do they see themselves achieving success they imagine what it is going to feel like when it happens.

Because it’s so real for them they live like it’s a foregone conclusion. They might be facing obstacles now but they live like it’s a matter of time and hard work.

That success is theirs to be had.

It’s the image and the story in their mind that makes it so real and why they are able to keep going even if their current reality doesn’t support their vision.

In a related article in Entrepreneur magazine three examples are given of this phenomenon:

  • “Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was always stressing the importance of seeing himself victorious long before the actual fight. 
  • As a struggling young actor, Jim Carrey used to picture himself being the greatest actor in the world. 
  • Michael Jordan always took the last shot in his mind before he ever took one in real life.”

The question is posed: If you can’t picture yourself achieving success in your mind how will you do it in real life?

Sometimes I struggle with this myself but I’ve found it helpful to get some guidance so for the rest of this episode I’m going to guide you through seeing yourself to success.

If you are on the go pause it here because you’re going to want to come back to this and frankly this would be dangerous to do if you were driving.

Find a quiet spot where you can sit in solitude, away from any distractions.

Guided Exercise

I hope that helped you to see and feel the kind of success you want in your life. If you struggled with this exercise, that’s okay. Go for a walk, go about your day and come back and do it again.

Sometimes if there is too much noise in our head it’s hard to really get into an exercise like this. Shake it off and try again another time when you don’t feel the world pulling at you.

I also want you to take the information you got and start recording it.

I have a worksheet that you can access in the blog that accompanies this episode.

Go to womentakingthelead.com/future and you’ll find it right at the bottom of the post.

If you think this will be helpful for other women share this episode. If you don’t have an image and a feeling of what success will look like you’ll continue to trudge along hoping one day things will get better.

I don’t want that for you. I want you to be mission-driven because when you have a mission you have confidence and energy and a clear direction to take.

I love feedback so please share your experience with this on the blog or anywhere you found this episode. I’m here to support you and cheer you on.

Thank you so much for joining me today and here’s to your success!

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