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New Year… New You?

New Year… New You?

A dream without a plan is just a wish. ~Katherine Paterson Helloooooo 2017! I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a year that had its share of ups and downs. There were days when I was tempted to think there were more downs than ups, but that simply isn’t true. I love the new year. It feels like we all get a blank page and we get the chance to write a new story. However, oftentimes I have found that in my rush to map out all I desire to accomplish in the new year, I often never take the time to acknowledge all that I accomplished in the previous year. While I am looking forward to this new year, I have often found that one of the reasons we lose our motivation towards achieving our goals is because we have an unrealistic view of how far we’ve come in comparison to how much further we have to go. So before I go any further, I’d like to share just a few of the things that I accomplished in 2016. Visited Haiti for the first time and had a second visit to the Bahamas (just gorgeous) Celebrated my 40th birthday Ended a business relationship that was no longer healthy for me Hosted my first Take the Leap™ event (in another state no less) Celebrated 8 years of marriage to my amazing hubby Toby Started leading a networking group for women business owners Launched my new Tandem program so that aspiring business owners won’t have to leap alone Now that I’ve gone first, here are six simple steps to...
The Trap of Comparison

The Trap of Comparison

Comparison is the thief of joy. ~Theodore Roosevelt I remember it well. The members of my business club and I were sitting around the living room at our ski chalet in New York. I was elated that we’d just laid out my next steps for the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. For years, I’ve said I wanted to teach/speak, write books and host retreats, but I wasn’t doing it at least not at the level I wanted. Of course, I would dibble and dabble in it and then I’d go right back to doing what I thought I “should do” in order to build a successful business. However, sitting there in New York, I said enough is enough and I drew the line in the sand and said “no more building a business you don’t love.” I shared with the group, a highlight of my brunch conversation with my colleague Mark this past June. He and I were sitting out on the patio of a restaurant, enjoying the beautiful Utah sunshine and pancakes, when he asked me a question that forever changed my trajectory, “Nadia what if you put all of your time, energy and resources into doing what you love? Imagine how different your business would look.” Wait… what?! Can I really do that? We spent some time brainstorming and talking numbers. After all, Mark is THE Budget Nerd. I could not get his question out of my mind for months! I was so stinking excited and scared out of my mind all at the same time. It may seem like a crazy question, but I’d been...
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.”...
Let’s Talk About Courage

Let’s Talk About Courage

Taking action gives you the courage to leap. So do it afraid. ~Dr. Nadia Brown One of the common topics that came up at the Take the Leap™ 2016 event was courage. A common question often sounded like, “Do I really have the courage to pursue my dreams?” My answer to that question is a resounding YES! According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, courage is defined as “the ability to do something that frightens one.” Oftentimes our big dreams scare the bejeezus out of us. There are many questions floating through our mind. Questions such as: Can I really do this? How do I get from here to there? What if I fail? Will this really work? What was I thinking?! Here’s the thing about pursuing your big dream, fear WILL show up. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when. It may be tempting to attempt to wait for the fear to pass before taking action, but that’s not how this works. Action eradicates fear. Taking action, even baby steps help to build your courage and eliminate the fear. Don’t allow fear to keep you paralyzed. Move forward. Here a few ways to build your courage: Get clear on your vision. Clarity is powerful in and of itself. When we don’t know where we are going, it clouds not only our vision, but our judgement. AND it’s exhausting! Take time to get clear on your vision so that you can outline clear action steps. Identify the next step. That’s right. Just one step. Ask yourself, what’s the next best step? Then do it. Find your group...
Ready… Set… LEAP!

Ready… Set… LEAP!

“Standing at that impossible junction, we can make a radical choice. We can learn to fly.” ~Unknown Have you ever had to make a bold move out of your comfort zone? You know the kind of decision that flooded your mind with doubt and your heart with trepidation… yeah THAT kind of move. That was me recently in my business. For the past year or so my company has had the opportunity to support the business growth of one of my mentors. Talk about an opportunity to learn, grow, expand and have a lot of fun while doing it. Let’s just say it was one… wild… ride! And yet I felt the familiar pangs of longing to focus on some projects that were in my heart and to have the time freedom that led me to launch a business in the first place. But did I mention, I was learning, growing and having fun? Why did my gut have to get in the way? What would I do now without the solace and protection of my mentors? Would I be okay? Did I really have the courage to leave this group who had become family? Was a move that drastic even necessary? These were many of the questions that I asked myself as I wrestled on the inside before making the decision to pick up the phone and say to my mentor “I’m leaving the team.” Surely there had to be another way!  My husband, Toby and I decided that it was time to direct more of my focus on other projects that were more directly related to my...
Develop Your BIG Vision

Develop Your BIG Vision

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” ~Unknown I love talking about BIG vision. According to Strengthsfinder 2.0, one of my top strengths is futuristic. I can take a look at the vision and see how things could be in three to five years. It’s exciting to set a big goal and then start taking the steps toward making it happen. While this is exciting for some, it can be daunting for others. Having a big vision can be a little intimidating. How can I possibly achieve something that BIG? Is it really possible for me? Whenever I run into that question for myself and with my clients, I ask the question “how do you eat an elephant?” The answer: “one bite at a time.” This message really sunk in for me when I started my doctoral journey. All new doctoral candidates were required to attend an orientation event in Atlanta. There we were all excited about embarking on this journey to earn our doctoral credentials. One of the faculty members stood up and asked that very question “how do you eat an elephant?” when discussing the dissertation. This, in my opinion, is the biggest thing that doctoral candidates struggle with and has led to many of them being A.B.D. (All But Dissertation). Everyone starts out toward the goal excited and full of energy and zeal, but not everyone makes it to the finish line. I was intrigued by the fact that so many candidates will complete their coursework and yet for whatever reason not complete the dissertation. There are a number of reasons why this is the...