The Colors of the Wind

The Colors of the Wind

The wind whistles, roars and purrs. It teases, soothes, or rips us with cold stabs to match its winter song. Poetic? Yes, but literally and subtly true.

As the speed of the wind increases, its pitch rises. A diminishing breeze sings a corresponding lower tone. When the wind dances, its movement speeds up, creating musical glissandos, with its pitch gradually changing like the howling of a wolf. How much fun it is to listen to the melodious voice – of the wind. (more…)

Adrenal Recovery: How long should it take to feel good again?

Adrenal Recovery: How long should it take to feel good again?

I get asked daily in my office, “how long will it take for me to feel like myself again?” This is not an easy question to answer because the question you should be asking is, “how long did it take me to get this far out of balance?” However, there are some lifestyle changes you can make that will speed up the process, but first ask yourself the following questions: (more…)

Quickest Way to Uplevel Your Confidence

Quickest Way to Uplevel Your Confidence

Group of young business people at meetingIt’s funny how people often see us so differently than we see ourselves. Have you even noticed this?

Let me give you an example. Years ago when I was with American Express Financial Services, which is now Ameriprise, I secured a $10,000 Platinum Sponsorship from AMERICAN EXPRESS for the women’s economic club which is now known as INFORUM.

This was a leadership organization in the city with over 1500 members from all the leading companies. They invited me to a private networking event for all the board members and sponsor representatives. I still remember walking into that room and feeling really out of my league. I looked fabulous, had a gorgeous suit, great hair, nails, jewelry, but inside, I felt like I was out of place and that they could see right through me.

As I left the event, I remember thinking, “These women acted like I was a Big Wig – a Vice president of American Express”. I was astonished, excited and confused. But I kept showing up and every time, I became more and more confident. When you are a corporate sponsor, you get to sit at special tables with other VP’s and get invited to private pre or post networking events with famous speakers and are invited to be on committees.

The reason I am sharing this story is that over the years, I have noticed that many high-level speakers, performers, authors and musicians actually get ill before a performance. I’ve heard actors and speakers share their stories of “self doubt” and how they got through it to the next level. Over the last 5 years, I have helped hundreds of women identify their disempowering beliefs and where that memory or experience that caused it is stored in the body. It’s normally something that we experienced a long time ago…and so often it’s not even true anymore, but boy when we are asked to stretch, to take that leap, that little girl inside of us pops right up and says, “STOP, you might get hurt! Who are you kidding? You’re not ready!”

And you know what? Maybe you are not ready today, but you sure can get ready. The secret is to simply notice what that belief is and to let it go. Acknowledge that little girl inside of you that she is safe, she is loved, and that you are ready to release those beliefs.

Now it may be harder than just that, that’s why there are coaches, therapists, programs and exercises you can do to release those beliefs. So today, I want to give you an exercise that you can do after the show. In fact, if you visit www.smartwomenscoaching.com, you can download the free workbook and video for “How to Breakthrough your Fears and Step into your Brilliance”, where I give you 5 exercises that will help you increase your confidence. So here is the first one:

1. Make a list of EVERYTHING that has contributed to the value of your work. Be sure to include things like:

  • Trainings and apprenticeships
  • Schooling, degrees, etc.
  • Life experiences
  • Natural talents and skills and talents you’ve honed & developed over time
  • Systems you’ve created (Signature Systems)
  • Books you’ve written
  • Positions you’ve held
  • People you’ve helped and specific results they’ve achieved.
  • What clients and other people in your life value about you
  • What you value and cherish about yourself
  • Anything else that you want to put down!!

Write your list on paper (continue on back if you need more room) and allow yourself some quiet time, to go into a meditative state.

2. Then read the list out loud, slowly and carefully, being proud of your accomplishments and letting every word sink in.

  • Now put a price tag on everything that you have listed and add it up.
  • How do you feel now?

Now I actually had a bout of doubt a few years ago, when I was thinking ahead at what I wanted to accomplish in the next year, and I immediately said to myself, “Ok Katana, get into your office and print out that workbook now” I went in and did this exercise and then when I turned to page two, and did that exercise, I began to laugh hysterically, because in the second exercise, I have you pay attention to your thoughts and what you tell yourself for a few days, and to write down thoughts, ideas and phrases that keep coming up and how it’s disempowering you.

When I did this, my thought was, “I don’t know enough to do what I wanted to do…” then I went back and looked at what I had written on page one and the whole page was filled up and I saw that I had invested almost $200,000 in coaches, programs and training in my career!

Please visit www.smartwomenscoaching.com and download these exercises – you can even watch the video – but do them and then remember others often see us so differently than we see ourselves and that’s okay. The secret is to realize you are not alone…no matter how smart, rich, thin or successful a woman is – almost everyone has these self limiting beliefs, and it’s normal, and their probably not even true anymore. You can release them and you don’t have to do this alone. Reach out to a coach, listen to our interviews from this show and reach out women in your community and start talking about this and supporting each other.

 

Katana Abbott

 

Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Life and Legacy Coach™, and founder of the Six Pillars of Awakened Prosperity System™, the proven step-by-step process that shows you exactly how to create wealth, make a difference and live the life you love.  To get your F.R.E.E. Video Course and receive her weekly money, mindset and manifesting articles on attracting more wealth, joy and ease into your life, visit www.smartwomencoaching.com

Keeping Up With Adrenal Health

Keeping Up With Adrenal Health

sklarcenter-906a3ed8-13a0-44e7-beef-b5ec098fe720-v2The stress of modern everyday life is enough to wear even the healthiest of people down over time. Daily stressors such as a busy lifestyle, as well as more intense stress, such as a fight with a loved one, trouble at work, or a physical injury can take a toll on the adrenal glands. 

Frequent and intense stress can overstimulate the adrenal glands, and in time, cause them to become ineffective at regulating the body’s hormone levels. This is known as “adrenal dysfunction” and “adrenal fatigue.” Like with many kinds of fatigue, there may be a variety of symptoms, including constant weariness, inability to cope with stress, recurrent infections, irritability, cravings for sweet foods, and more. The treatment for adrenal fatigue requires a comprehensive, full-body diagnostic approach. 

Here are 5 ways that you can help support your adrenal glands. 

1. Load-up on nutrients, especially Vitamin C. A healthy, balanced diet of whole foods is an important part of maintaining adrenal health, and will have the greatest impact on adrenal health long-term. Stick to a diet that is rich in whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. The adrenal glands rely on B and C vitamins, zinc, magnesium, and quality proteins for optimal health and function. 

2. Work it out! Like a healthy diet, daily aerobic exercise is essential to maintaining adrenal health and reversing adrenal fatigue. Exercise also helps build up your body’s defense to stressors, making them easier to deal with internally. Depending on your level of adrenal health, it is really important to plan this with your doctor. You may need to slowly ease into an exercise program! 

3. Keep stress at bay. Stress management is vital when it comes to restoring adrenal health. Try integrating some simple stress reduction techniques into your daily activities, such as deep breathing or meditation. Find a technique that calms you and easily works into your daily schedule. 

4. Relax. You deserve it and your body craves it. Take 15 to 30 minutes each day to relax. Try deeper bouts of meditation, or if you sit for extended periods of time during the day, fill this time with soothing music and simple stretches that will loosen your body and realign your back. 

5. Make beauty sleep a priority. Sleep is vital for health. Your adrenal glands are constantly working throughout the day, and need time to recharge in order to avoid exhaustion. You can help regulate your body’s internal clock by sticking to a regular bedtime. Choose a bedtime that allows your body enough time to fully recharge, leaving you refreshed – not groggy – when you wake.

 

SusanSklar2012Dr. Susan Sklar is the founder and medical director of the Sklar Center for Restorative Medicine where she helps midlife men and women look and feel better and lead longer, healthier lives. She uses the view of Restorative Medicine which recognizes that hormonal and other biochemical changes cause humans to age in ways that are not necessary or inevitable.  Replacement and balancing of these natural substances result in improved vitality and a longer healthy span of life with less chronic illness.   Dr. Sklar has completed her fellowship training in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine after  more than 25 years of experience as an obstetrician/gynecologist, placing her uniquely at the forefront of the care of men and women in midlife health transitions.  She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California.

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