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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...
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...
How do You Eat an Elephant?

How do You Eat an Elephant?

I love talking about BIG vision. According toStrengthsfinder 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 case and these same reasons can prevent both you and...