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Cancelled No More

Cancelled No More

I 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.”...
But what if I fail?

But what if I fail?

The fear of failure is one of the most common fears that I encounter in my work with women. What if things don’t turn out the way I imagined? What then? The truth is, despite being in business for a while, I too ask that same question, “but what I fail”. I have learned over the years to follow that up with “So what”. Hear me out… Simply put… fear is a liar! You can’t trust it. When I first took the leap by launching my business, I had a lot of fear, doubt, concerns, and questions. Will this work? Do I have what it takes? What if we end up HOMELESS?! OMG… the list went on and on and on. Until, I started taking action by getting real with myself and by hiring a coach to show me how to get from where I was to where I desired to be. First, I began by asking myself, two questions, “What am I REALLY afraid of” and “Will I die?” You may think I’m being a little over the top when asking about death, but the truth of the matter is this, if I went for it and things didn’t work out would it kill me? And the answer is NO. The other question, “what am I really afraid of”, helps me get to the root of what is REALLY going on inside my head. And can I just tell you this? The majority of the time when I take the time to investigate what I’m worried about, it’s the opinions of other people. “What will people think? What...
Do You Have the Courage?

Do You Have the Courage?

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” – Elizabeth Gilbert On a recent flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, I started reading the book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’d heard some good things about the book from friends and colleagues. And while I purchased the book several months ago, I hadn’t yet made the time to read it. So there I was at 30,000 feet (or so) and I decided to dive in. It wasn’t long before I came across this question, which caused me to pause and close the book for a moment… Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you? Yikes! Well that’s an interesting question. Do I? Do you? As I opened the book again to continue reading, little did I know that this question would somehow be the basis for the entire trip. Once I arrived in Utah and got checked into my hotel, I ventured out for breakfast with my colleague Mark. During our meal, as we were talking about business, I shared with Mark my idea to host more luxury retreats for women leaders and the laundry list of reasons for my hesitation not to do so. Mark being the numbers guy that he is was more than happy to share ideas on how that could become a reality without it sucking all of the joy and fun out of the project. My growing excitement about this idea and the possibilities was not lost on Mark and he asked me this question: “what if you...
Overcoming Rejection in Leadership

Overcoming Rejection in Leadership

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Ghandi There’s one thing that I know for sure and that is, leadership is risky business. When you decide to step into a leadership role, you willingly put yourself directly in the line of fire for criticism, judgment and rejection. I wish I could tell you that being a business owner or in a leadership role was all fun, glitz and glamor, but unfortunately that simply isn’t the case. Being a leader is often like living in a fish bowl, everyone is watching your every move and they have an opinion about it. It exposes your strengths and unfortunately your weaknesses too. At some point along this journey, you will deal with rejection and I can tell you that it doesn’t feel good. However, rejection and the fear of rejection do not have to be debilitating or continue to hold you back. While it may sting to deal with rejection or criticism, there are ways to move forward in spite of your feelings. Below are 3 strategies to overcoming rejection in leadership. Remain positive and don’t overthink it. If you’re not careful, it is quite easy to dwell on the rejection and overthink it. There could be a myriad of reasons and not all of them may be logical. Review it and let it go. Don’t allow what happened to steal your joy and cause you to have a negative attitude. Pay attention to your emotions. This is a big one. In my sales trainings, I have attendees commit to creating a Rejection Diary. In addition to identifying the exact objection of the...

NADIA BROWN BLAZES NEW PATHS IN GLOBAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP

NADIA BROWN BLAZES NEW PATHS IN GLOBAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP New Brand Highlights the Strength, Reach and Value of Brown’s Powerful Leadership Academy May 1, 2015 PHOENIX, AZ - Doyenne Leadership Institute, LLC launched a new global brand strategy that elevates the company’s identity and supports its unique portfolio of value-driven services. Doyenne Leadership was designed to help women leaders discover and develop their authentic leadership style, own their power and increase their confidence. The Power Profits Academy is birthed to meet the inevitably changing needs of women business owners and CEOs as they strive to build profitable businesses around the globe. It’s an academy designed to meet the unique needs of women CEOs or those who desire to become CEOs. “I’m completely elated about the launch of the Power Profits Academy. There has been a major shift in the marketplace as it relates to women leaders and the PPA is designed to create a community for those women leaders,” says CEO and Founder, Dr. Nadia Brown Nadia emerged from humbled career beginnings and was thrust in a male dominated profession as a software engineer. Twelve months after graduating from college, she found herself working IT services in the company’s basement. “One of the first lessons about playing the game of career advancement is realizing that it’s more than academic degrees and experience. Many women go to work, put their heads down and wait for someone to notice.” At Doyenne, Dr. Nadia works with talented women on the rise to develop their leadership and communication skills so that they get where THEY want to go – whether it’s running a...

[Press Release] Dr. Nadia Speaking at 3rd Annual Woman-to-Woman Phoenix Annual Conference

Woman-to-Woman Phoenix gears up for third annual conference ‘Empowerment’ event adds “Women in Leadership” Workshop CHANDLER, Ariz.  – May 21, 2014 – For the third consecutive year, Bona Fide Events will be hosting its Annual Woman-to-Woman: Going Beyond Conference, offering attendees more extensive networking opportunities and an impressive lineup of speakers who are some of the best in their professional fields. This year, the conference will be held May 31 at the Radisson Hotel Phoenix in Chandler, Arizona.  The full-day event will spotlight half-dozen speakers from a variety of backgrounds including finance, education, medicine, career development and life coaching and mentoring.  They include Dr. Turshá Hamilton of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, PA Patterson of Saturation Saturday Ministries and Dr. Brenda Combs, Founder of Finding My Shoes Foundation. Central to this year’s agenda will be a workshop entitled “Women in Leadership,” facilitated by leadership development expert, Dr. Nadia Brown.  Dr. Nadia teaches high-achieving women leaders how to harness the power of influence through clear, unemotional and effective communication. As a leadership expert and corporate escapee, Dr. Nadia is passionate about helping women become more authentic, confident leaders who take charge of their careers. She’s the President of Doyenne Leadership and author of Leading Like a Lady: How to Shatter Your Inner Glass Ceiling and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Woman-to-Woman Going Beyond Phoenix promises to be an life-transforming gathering for women seeking revival, rejuvenation and refreshment in their lives. With a theme of “Whole Women Win,” the all-day conference will provide six workshops: Discovering Your Purpose; Fashion/Beauty/Health Tips and Demonstrations; Career Choices and How to Achieve Them; Financial Fitness; Daily Life Balance; and Inspiration and Empowerment. Founder Karla...