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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 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!

Find more resources at womentakingthelead.com

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