Do you have a story about yourself that has been running through your head for as long as you can remember? In this episode, Sarah is joined by Brenna Joelle and they take on the story of thinking you don't like people, when you actually do. This narrative and most of the narratives we have as humans, get in the way of our own growth and ability to connect with people. With some real talk and humor we take on challenging these stories.
You know that quality or characteristic of yours that you keep wishing would go away or be different? Well what if a superpower lived within that quality? In this episode we turn the things you think are flaws into a force for good.
Another way to think about the impact you want to be having - think about what you want to be known for over the course of your lifetime. The more clarity you have on what you want to be known for the more easily you can attract opportunities, make decisions, and convey your message. In this episode, Sarah is joined by Brigitte Lyons, the founder of B, a PR and digital marketing agency that helps forward-thinkers and purpose-driven companies refine their message and get media coverage. Sarah and Brigitte explore the power in answering the question What do you want to be known for? and different ways to make it easier to answer it. Plus some random riffing about choosing the unconventional path.
What does hiking up a mountain and building your dreams have in common? It turns out, a lot. In this episode, it is story time and a deeper look at staying the course in the moments you want to quit.
When you decide that you want to do something more meaningful, navigating that pivot can be overwhelming. In this episode Sarah welcomes Dr. Jen O'Ryan, a specialist in gender and sexual orientation, who is pivoting from consulting in the IT space to building her own purposeful business. Sarah and Dr. Jen discuss knowing when to pivot, how things evolve while you are pivoting, dealing with other people's fears, and staying the course.
Fear is wicked clever. Especially those inner dialogue fears that are designed to keep you comfortable. To have an impact, expand your leadership, and create your bold dreams you have to be aware of these fears and choose outside of them. In this episode we explore some of the sneaky ways fear shows up and ways to recognize them.
Knowing the impact you want to have is a powerful way to build and lead. Not only do you get to align yourself with what you deeply care about you can also create a community around that impact. In this episode, Sarah welcomes Julie Fry, CEO of Business Among Moms, an international networking and education community. Sarah and Julie discuss navigating your impact as it grows, how to keep going when you want to curl into a tiny ball and weep, and making a difference while making money.
Just by walking through the world you have an impact. Do you know the impact you are having? Is it a conscious choice or just whatever works that day? Is it aligned with your passions and purpose? In this episode we cover why knowing your impact matters and different questions to ask yourself to define the impact you want to be having.
Can we talk about this latest obsession with being fearless? I've noticed an uptick in striving for being fearless. While I get the intention is to inspire, there is risk in having fearless be the goal. Sure, fearless is often used interchangeably with courage, brave, daring, gutsy, bold, fierce, badassery - all exceptional ways of being in the world.
Any turd behind a keyboard can sling words out into the world.
The people that bridge divides, open up people's minds, cultivate connection, move their ideas forward, and ultimately have a positive impact - are the people that use their voice in a way that can be "heard" by others. It is one of the things effective leaders do really well.
These past few months I have been at a bit of a loss on what to say on some fronts. I have been conflicted. Like many, I have ranged from shocked, to sad, to angry, to galvanized, to flabbergasted, to inspired, to numbness, and confusion. (If you have just braced yourself for a political rant - this is not that. Bear with me.)
I've been watching, reading, and observing the way in which people have been communicating with each other the past few months. Much of the communication seemingly making no difference. In reading and being with all of the hate, name calling, sadness, heartbreak, passion, protests and a million other things, it occurred to me that being outraged without love was a choice I was not willing to make.
The thing about owning your leadership and vision is that you are going to make choices that not everyone agrees with. You have a vision that not everyone will be able to see. Not everyone will understand the impact you want to have and the decisions necessary to honor that impact.
People come to the table with their own perceptions. Their own judgements. Their own viewpoint on how things should go. If we try to account for everyone our impact gets diluted. If we let our fear of not being liked trump our commitment to the vision, we risk letting our own fears divert us from the difference we actually want to make.
Do you want to build a legacy? Do you want to lead people into a vision beyond what currently seems possible? Do you want to set an example of going beyond where you normally stop? Do you want to share more of yourself with the world? Glad to hear it. And it will be helpful to know what your fear words are.
Dirty little secret, ey? Don't fret, I am not referring to anything nefarious. Are you treating your deepest dream like a dirty little secret? You know, not saying it out loud. Not speaking it to life. Keeping it hidden in the dark corners of your mind. Pushing it away anytime it comes up for light. Maybe you are embarrassed by the dream or the goal you want most. Maybe you don't believe it can actually happen so why even put words to it. Maybe it feels ridiculous.