The Power of Storytelling Workshop (Melbourne, FL – July 28, 2016)
To my entrepreneur friends in the Central Florida area, I hope you will join us for this powerful workshop
later this month – it’s a subject I’m super-passionate about & I know you are going to love the content!!
If you want to learn how to authentically connect with your audience and grow your network through the power of storytelling & the concept that vulnerability is sexy – join us!!
Sign up now — early bird pricing is good until next Friday. And, feel free to share with anybody who you feel would benefit. All details below!! xoxo
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The Power of Storytelling
Words have power.
When chosen ever-so-carefully and strung together just so, words can stir up emotions. One simple sentence can easily make us feel alive and inspired or angry and ready to rage.
The written word invites all of our senses to engage, and when they do, we find ourselves transported to another place in time, able to do things like: taste the salt air as we walk along the shoreline at sunset, feel the silky smoothness of satin sheets against our skin as we slink into bed, listen to the sound of our own heart beating its way through our chest when excitement grows, or even glimpse the light of our beloved’s soul in their eyes as our gaze aligns momentarily.
Powerful imagery comes alive in our mind’s eye … all because of carefully arranged letters.
Beautiful, yes? Words have energy. And feelings. And, they allow us to connect. Deeply.
Your life’s stories also have incredible power. The lessons you’ve learned are tremendous teaching moments that, when shared with the world, can cause endless ripples of inspiration, much like those of a smooth stone that is skillfully skimmed across the surface of a placid lake.
Are you asking for it? – The Power of Intention
Don’t you love how small efforts, over time, turn into radical shifts?
I recently had one of those “holy sh*t” moments. You know – when you pause for a minute to take a little inventory of your life and realize, with immense gratitude, how lovely it is. And, furthermore, you realize just how far you’ve come.
For me, this had shown up in the form of feeling supported, which was something, once upon a time, that felt quite foreign to me.
You see, asking for support is not something I’ve always been good at. In fact, I used to be pretty awful at it. (I share a funny story in the video below about an 8 month pregnant lady in a bikini moving heavy furniture & yard debris in her front yard. Spoiler alert: That lady was me. And, this is a peek inside how ridiculous I used to be!)
A few years back, I was talking to one of my business/life coaches about how stressed and overwhelmed I was feeling. I had two young daughters at the time (one still in diapers), while trying to run multiple businesses and juggling everything else life was throwing at me. My self-care was practically non-existent and I was feeling the burn. She totally called me out on it: “Well, Dawn, you are really good at a lot of things, but you’re pretty bad at asking for support.” I felt in denial about it at first. But, then, she continued, “You have so many people that would love to support you and you don’t let them in.” She asked me when the last time was that I had asked for suport and/or took someone up on their offer to help? She quickly added that employees didn’t count. She made me realize that despite being a giving and generous person, I was shutting people down from being the same to me.
Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
The concept of ‘Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable’ has been showing up for me A LOT in the past several months (hat tip to my Red Elephant mastermind leaders for this great phrase and concept!)
We’re all familiar with the expression of “the magic happens right outside of our comfort zone.” And, anybody that has even taken a leap of faith, carried onward with a heart beating out of their chest, or otherwise tiptoed outside that warm and fuzzy feeling of their zone of comfort can attest: Yes, there is something quite magical on the other side! (Shoot, the act of bravery itself is pure magic — regardless of the outcome).
So, why is it that so few of us can say that we do something that scares us every single day (or every single month or, let’s be real, every year for that matter)? Because comfort is, well, comfortable!! And, we’re wired to WANT to feel that way.
But, if you are someone with a mission in your heart, with passion in your veins, and a greater purpose calling you (even if just a gentle whisper in your ear) — than you have no other choice than to start getting uncomfortable!!! (That is, if you want to start seeing your vision unfold magically before your eyes).
The Power of Owning Your Story (this one’s vulnerable, ya’ll!)
We all have parts of our story that are a little more difficult to own up to than others. And, since, as humans, we are wired to avoid pain, we often end up locking those portions of our tale up in a closet somewhere, never to see the light of day again.
But, if we decide to let them out into the light, and maybe even give them a little cuddle and say, “I get you” – something quite magical occurs.
Really, what it comes down to is this: You can own your story, or your story will own you. Either way, you can’t re-write the past, but you can influence the next chapter.
When I started a technology company in my living room at age 30 and grew it from $0 to $3 million in just three years, I thought I had arrived. I mean, by all versions of societal success, that’s about as arrived as one can get, eh?
However, almost as quickly as we rose into our PR friendly “success story,” things began to crumble.
As happens in business sometimes, I took a zig when I should have taken a zag. In hindsight I see my biggest mistake was not having a bad-ass finance guru by my side, looking over reports and then calling me up saying, “Dawn, what the hell are you doing? Do you want to go out of business?” Yeah, I needed that guy or gal. Because, you see, I was really good at making sales and growing the company. But, at the time, forecasting and managing cash-flow weren’t my strong points. I mean, I can manage my own piggy bank. But, when you’ve got millions coming in and going out to the tune of hundreds of transactions a month… things get complicated quickly.
Fun Size Your Goals in 2016!
Okay, so I don’t really do the whole resolutions thing. I mean, I am totally a fan of goal setting and big
vision, and I LOVE the energy of a new year and a clean slate to build off of. BUT, resolutions sort of get a bad wrap. (You know, with only 8% of them ever coming into fruition and all). The things is, along with other forms of goal-setting that don’t get results, us humans tend to come up with these really amazing shoot-for-the-moon intentions at the beginning of the year … and then, shortly thereafter, get intimidated by them and don’t follow through.
And, that’s a shame. Because, that little voice that said ‘set that goal’ in the first place was on to something. It’s our soul speaking. It’s our heart’s desire wishing to manifest. And, giving up is NOT a valid option.
So, what actually works? Intentionally cultivating small daily practices/habits/actions (it matters not what we call them) will inch us towards the really big goals … and without the pressure. On the daily, these things can seem relatively insignificant (a 15 minute daily meditation or a 30 minute workout a few days a week), but the results compound into miraculous transitions over time. It starts with a subtle shift in mindset, but the results are pure magic. It’s the art of learning to mindfully focus on taking one step at a time, instead of allowing your thoughts to drift to the finish line (which could still be hundreds of miles away, and which can seem really daunting and make you want to give up all together).
The daily habit I intend to cultivate in 2016 which will surely be the most fun is a handstand a day. I’ve been (rather half-assedly) working on my yoga handstand for a couple of years now. And, yes, I have seen some progress. But, I’m ready to see more hang-time and better alignment. I’m ready to handstand around the world (which I’m already doing in my mind & just need my physical body & travel budget to catch-up). 😉 This daily practice will translate into more joy in the playfulness of being upside-down as well as the feeling of accomplishment in achieving a goal that’s been a long time coming (and that once seemed so daunting).
Living Out Loud: How telling others they are great connects & elevates.
How many times have you thought a nice thought about someone, but didn’t say it aloud? It probably happens all the time. Perhaps you were just too busy going about your day and you didn’t find pause to speak, write, call or text it? Maybe you didn’t think it was that big of a deal and worth sharing. Or, perhaps, you feel a little bit awkward dishing out compliments (especially if it’s to somebody you don’t know very well)?
But, what if I told you that every time you decide not to live out loud and keep these positive thoughts to yourself, you miss out on an opportunity to make somebody’s day (including your own)!
I was reminded of the beauty in this the other day with a brief email interaction with my friend Laura, who happens to be a pretty cool biz owner. I’m on her email list & one came through that caught my eye. I clicked, and her words really resonated with a particular pizaaz that day. I decided to take all of 5 seconds to reply and tell her so!
It went like this:
Join us! Spiritual Business Mentoring Group
Hi friends! I just created a brand new group called Type-A Zen.
This power posse is for support, mentoring, accountability, and for setting loving intentions & goals with soul. We also share our bright ideas as well as our high vibes & high fives!
Who are Type-A Zensters?
As a collective, we are conscious & empowered (albeit on different stages of our sacred journey). We wish to share our gifts with the world and to be of service!
Yes, we share traits of high-drive & ambition, BUT, we also believe there is a deeper meaning to life than what we have been led to believe by a more universal definition of ‘success’ (which often comes with a heaping side of stress and unsettled feelings of “there’s got to be something more”).
Sound familiar? It’s time to shift & shine, baby! Universal change is coming. Can you feel it? Together, we can positively impact the world! 😀
This group hosted by Dawn Gluskin (Life coach, creator of Sacred Business, and Author of forthcoming: Type-A Zen: The Shift from Ambition to Meaning in a Soulful, Happy Life)
Don’t Die With Your Music Still Inside
The expression “Don’t die with your music still inside stirs up truth within your soul & provokes deep introspection. These words were made famous by the recently departed Wayne Dyer (and also as the title of a recent book he co-authored with his beautiful daughter, Serena). Mr. Dyer was a true earth angel and his books and talks have inspired millions, including the very beginnings of my own spiritual awakenings and exploration of higher consciousness many years ago.
As the word spread about his sudden recent passing, this particular phrase, “Don’t die with your music still inside” has been ringing over and over in my head. Perhaps it’s because he was such a great influence and his death came so suddenly. Or, maybe, it’s because I realize he was only 10 years older than my own parents and it’s served as a solemn reminder of our own limited time on this earth. Maybe it’s the fact that I had always envisioned meeting him one day, giving him a big hug and a copy of my finally-finished (currently still in progress) book that he helped inspire whilst sharing an emphatic ‘thank you!’ for doing so.
21 Subtle Shifts to Live Life in the NOW!
When we’re not being mindful, life moves by in the blink of an eye. Our tendencies to overstuff our schedules, staying plugged in as slaves to technology all hours of the day, and the constant strive for more (money, fame, success) can and will rob us of our precious presence. We’ve glorified busy and achievement. It’s our culture. And, as a result, people, overall, actually feel less happy and connected than ever. (Just look at stats on depression, anxiety, and stress related illnesses. Now that’s depressing!)
Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing that we can communicate and do business with people all over the world without ever having to leave our house. I take advantage of this awesome technology everyday. But, in many ways, we’re actually less connected than ever: to ourselves, to our friends and family, to our purpose, to this moment. Instead, we get pulled into an endless sea of information and into the busy cycle of constantly do-ing. When did be-ing became so underrated, anyway? There’s a lot to be said about that sweetness of actually LIVING fully in the moment.