I want you to think back to a time that you had to do something truly hard. A time when you found yourself in really difficult circumstances. A time when a ‘successful’ outcome wasn’t guaranteed, or even at all likely.
How did you judge yourself in that situation?
Did you do what I, and so many other people, tend to do and judge yourself by the outcome of that situation? If things didn’t go smoothly or end up in a good place, did you judge yourself accordingly?
How different would you have felt if you would have judged yourself based on your EFFORT, rather than on the OUTCOME?
That notion came up in this week’s podcast interview with Amy B. Butler, and it stopped me in my tracks.
You see, Amy is a Mitigation Specialist/Dispositional Advisor that provides criminal defense attorneys with assistance in some of their most difficult cases. She helps uncover the whole story behind what an accused person may have done, and she has the difficult responsibility of recommending to the judge how the person should be handled going forward.
She has been involved in some incredibly difficult cases, and the outcome doesn’t always go in her favor.
In my interview with Amy, we get into some amazing topics:
The importance of radical responsibility
The role that gratitude plays in moving through difficult circumstances
The power in judging your EFFORT, not the OUTCOME
I can’t wait for you to meet Amy B. Butler!
As we wind down toward the end of the year, many of us begin taking stock of how things are going.
Does our life look and feel the way we want it to feel?
Have we made the progress we wanted to make?
What changes do we want to make in the coming year?
Many times, the changes we want to make or the barriers we want to get over can feel too big to tackle. We find ourselves feeling stuck because we can’t see a path forward.
If you’ve ever felt like that, this is the episode for you.
In this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m reintroducing you to Dr. Beth Westie. I had the pleasure of interviewing Beth for episode 0025 of the podcast, and in that episode, we focused on her work helping women eat in alignment with their monthly hormonal cycle.
This time was more personal.
This time, Beth and I focused on her personal path from hitting rock bottom in her marriage toward rebuilding her relationship and her thriving business at the same time.
We got into an incredibly powerful discussion about the notion of radical responsibility (taking 100% responsibility for 100% of the situations you find yourself in), and the massive impact that a 1% daily effort can have when compounded over time.
This episode is so much more than one woman’s triumphant story. This episode is a battle cry to every woman who wants to change her life.
You absolutely can change your life.
Take responsibility and do it one day at a time.
The barriers you believe stand in the way of you going after your dreams are merely untested assumptions.
That was my massive take-away from this week’s podcast interview with Jessica Dawson, otherwise known as Halcyon Dreams.
Let that sink in for a second. '
You’re not moving forward because you think other people will judge you? That’s just an untested assumption. You don’t know what other people are going to think (nor should you care, btw). You’re not moving forward because you think some aspect is going to be too hard to learn? Another untested assumption.
This week, as you listen to my interview with Jessica, I urge you to bring forward that big goal you have filed away in the back corners of your mind. Think about the barriers that you believe are standing in your way. Then, ask yourself this:
How many of those barriers are simply untested assumptions?
Then go one question further:
What am I missing out on by assuming I’m going to fail?
This week, you’ll be inspired by Jessica’s story of reinvention. In the last year (in her late 30’s, mind you), she started her fashion blog, landed a modeling contract, became a fashion influencer, and began working with brands like Ann Taylor. She did all of this despite being “too old,” having kids, being married, having a full-time job, and being afraid of what others would think of her.
Today, she is inspiring women to step into their own personal style, and through her blog and Instagram account, she’s making the world a more joyful, beautiful place.
I can’t wait for you to meet Jessica Dawson!
Friends, the Women Inspired podcast is turning 2! I released my very first episode on December 4, 2016, and wow has a lot happened in the past 2 years.
On this week’s episode, I’m going to recap a big transformation that has been happening behind the scenes. This week’s episode is a conversation among friends. I want to fill you in on the direction I see the podcast and my broader work going.
Bottom line: a HUGE announcement is coming toward the end of the year, and I can’t wait to tell you about it.