3 Leadership Lessons from Yoga

After almost a decade hiatus from yoga I decided to try again six months ago – but quit after one class because I got hurt.

I allowed my competitive, “try your best”, self to take over…and yoga won.

Since then I have turned 40 and my body is screaming at me to do something differently, so I decided to check my ego at the door and try again.

The class was SO HARD.

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Stop Fueling What You Don’t Want

I was reminded of this as I lay inside the MRI machine, feeling the solution being pumped through my IV and causing a wave of nausea to overcome me.

Getting sick wasn’t an option.

I knew I couldn’t move.

I also knew that if I kept focusing on the nausea and getting sick…I would.

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3 Ways to Get Unstuck, No Matter How You Got There

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My world was rocked by our recent trip to Africa.

It was a combination of the elephants, rhinos, hippos, zebras, warthogs, etc… that were just in feet from us, and the connections we made with some exceptional human beings both big and small.

Memories and experiences we will never forget. You can find the Kenya 2016 album on my personal Facebook page.

The small humans that had such an impact on us were the kids from my father’s project hannehowardfund.org.  These kids have all grown up in a Nairobi slum, an environment that is hard to imagine until you physically see one, some are orphans, yet in spite of their realities these children were humbling.

They are hard working, welcoming, grateful, strong, joyous and fun. These kids penetrated my heart.

They have the same dreams and aspirations as our kids, but didn’t have the great fortune of being born in a country like ours.

It’s a combination of all of the above that left me feeling stuck. Questioning “What am I doing with my life?”

No matter what causes these feelings, I know I am not alone.

Feeling like we are spinning our wheels, questioning ourselves…. feeling stuck.

Here are 3 Steps to Move Past Stuck:

1. Talk about it.

Sometimes we can’t figure it out alone. It may sound cliché but talking about it helped me so much.  Find a friend or three or four, who will listen, without judgment and just share.  I found that even hearing myself say things out loud was helpful, let alone hearing another person’s perspectives.

2. See the bigger picture:

It’s literally about lifting ourselves out from only focusing on the moment. Choosing to see the larger picture and how things fit together helped me gain a perspective I was blind to earlier on.  It’s like I was only focusing on the 2 missing pieces of my rich and beautiful 1,000 piece puzzle.

3. Be ok with it, because this too shall pass:

A wise friend shared a metaphor that really resonated about being an explorer.

That you have to trust in the direction you are heading, accepting that it’s never a straight line. Sometimes it’s smooth sailing and other times there are stormy seas that literally knock you over.  No matter what the conditions, you just can’t give up.  If you do, you’ll never get there.  If you turn back, you’ll never know.

So needless to say, the combination of these three has brought me back.

No longer feeling stuck.

The irony, is that none of the details around me changed, just how I chose to navigate them that did.

The same will hold for you.

 

Session Update:

I’m am hosting a 5 week, virtual, P.O.W.E.R Toolkit program for women who know that they need to create change. Women who are done doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

This TOOLKIT program is for you if:

  • You would benefit from being held accountable to create the change at work or in life that you know you’ve been thinking about.
  • You are ready to learn how to replace the limiting habits that are keep you stuck with ones that enable you to thrive.
  • Connect with other like-minded women and leverage their perspectives.

Details:

  • Start date: March 22nd.
  • Every Tuesday from 12-1 EST.
  • Investment $200
  • Here’s the LINK for more information
  • Email me with any questions victoria@yourpoweroutlet.com

 

There’s No Such Thing as Balance

The word balance sets us up for failure.

We can’t possibly do everything, let alone well, no matter how hard we try.

I say it’s not about balance.

It’s about choice.

Giving ourselves permission to make choices…and be good with them.

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Why It’s Okay to Lose Your Sh#t

There’s no other word for what transpired this morning.

I lost it.

I have been really intentional over the past few weeks about being patient, even venturing into the unknown territory of meditation…which I’m actually digging.

I wasn’t born patient.

My entire life I have had a short fuse around my family, never in public or towards anyone else.

Needless to say, I know that it’s an excuse to say I have a short fuse and be okay with it.

To allow my habitual bad habits to continue.

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3 Blind Spots that Limit Your Success

I would never have agreed that I was playing it safe or small.

I would have pushed back, knowing that I was doing my best. Working hard and being really intentional at work and in life.

Despite the fact that I’ve always taken action, expanded my comfort zone, I can now see and own that I was still playing it safe.

I was standing in my own way, unaware of my own blind spots.

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How to Show Up Powerfully, Everywhere

When I started out on this journey of speaking and leading groups of professional women I would make up stories that left me feeling inadequate.

I assumed that these women were more successful than me because of their titles and positions.

Does this happen to you?

I trusted my content and who I was, but looking back I realized that I kept trying to mold myself into someone I thought they wanted me to be.

I dressed conservatively and muted my delivery out of a fear of being misjudged. I played it safe.

I showed up as a less powerful version of myself.

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