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Cancelled No More

cancelled-stamp_f1scghuu_lI can’t keep cancelling out on my life. ~R. Jackson

I was recently chatting with an amazing woman from California. We were chatting about her desire to leave her full-time job and transition into her business full-time.

She has such big goals to change the financial lives of families and helping them to not only live well financially, but to also enable them to leave a legacy (financial and otherwise) to their children.

As we were talking, I could tell she had taken a great deal of time to really think about what she would do and the impact it would have on those she served.

While there were several things which struck me during our conversation, her response to my question of “why now?” was what rang in my head long after our conversation was over…

She said, “I can’t keep cancelling out on my life.”

We talked about fear, procrastination and her desire to apply the skills, focus and dedication she’s provided to help others achieve their dreams to her dream.

Can you relate?

Have there been times when you allowed fear, procrastination, the “urgency” of the needs of others, etc. to get between you and what you really desired?

I know I can. I’ve been there more times than I care to even admit.

I remember one particular instance of this occurred while working with a big client. What started out as an amazing opportunity left me one day looking at my husband Toby and wondering how all of my time was suddenly going towards building someone else’s dream while my own was “on life support.”

How did I get here? When had I started “cancelling out on my life?” Isn’t helping others a good thing?

I will spare you the gory details of how things got so far off track, but I will say this, fear, scope creep (aka not having good boundaries) and the “comparison trap” (more on that in a future blog) were the biggest culprits.

So, let me ask you a question. Where are you cancelling out on your life? What dream or goal have you allowed to simmer on the back burner or worse yet is on life support?

One of the many things that I love about one year ending and transitioning into a new one is the time to assess, refocus, and readjust.

I know technically, January 1st is just another day, however I always imagine that as the clock strikes midnight on December 31st the imaginary white board for the existing year is wiped clean and I now have a fresh one to create a new reality for the upcoming year.

With 29 days left in 2016, will you take the time to complete an honest assessment of where you are and how you can get things back on track?

No matter how bleak things may look right now, there is hope. The very fact that you have the dream means you have what it takes to make it happen.

Remember this, cancelling out on your life and your dreams is a choice and you have the power in this very moment to make a different choice and choose you!  Will you choose you?

If I can do it, you can too. I have a few spots remaining for complimentary strategy sessions before the end of the year. If you’d like to connect, simply visit to schedule your session.

You’ve got this. I’m cheering for you!

final_nadia-brown-8931-editDr. Nadia Brown is an authentic, bold champion for women business owners and those women who desire to become business owners. She is the founder of Doyenne Leadership Institute, LLC.

Through her workshops, intensives, and retreats she helps women break through the glass ceilings they encounter in business by helping them build profitable and sustainable businesses. When it comes to sales, women come to her timid and shaky about going after the money – they leave her strategic, strong, emboldened and most importantly, paid.

She is the author of Leading Like a Lady: How to Shatter Your Inner Glass Ceiling and lives with her husband Toby in Phoenix, AZ. Find out about upcoming events at

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