My story begins when I was about 8 years old when I began to set up a classroom in my parent’s garage. I used boxes as desks and got pieces of paper and pens to place on each desk for each student, which were all part of my imagination. I enjoyed marking the papers with a red pen and returning them back to the desks. For some reason, I felt comfortable in this environment. Although later in life, I had no interest in becoming a teacher.
The foremost memory in my mind is the fact that I was extremely shy. Shy to speak up, shy to put my thoughts forward for anyone to hear. My mother thought she was protecting me by always telling me to stay quiet and not to rock the boat by putting my opinion forward.
So until my adult years, I was still very shy and nervous to speak in a crowd. I remember my eldest sister coming into the garage to see what I was doing and asking what all the boxes were for. I instantly replied, “they are for all my students”. She then chuckled.
An example of my shyness was one day I was in the car with my older sister and she asked me to go into the cake shop to buy a little cake for her. Of course, I said no. She couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t go into the shop to ask for a small cake. Unfortunately, that was one thing I would never do, ask.
To go into a shop with people in it, to ask for something was so terrifying to me that I couldn’t even think about going in there. What if they said no, how would I respond?
Needless to say, after arguing with me for about half an hour, she went in instead.
Even into my working life, the shyness continued, even after becoming a leader of a team in the banking industry.
But then one day something happened to change all that. If you want to know about what happened, read my chapter in “The Road To Success” book which I co-authored with Jack Canfield. (I have to leave you in suspense a little don’t I?)
Anyway, it made me realise that I had to do something to change my behaviour to change my mindset. I began to read inspiring and motivational books to lift my spirits but this still wasn’t making me take action to resolve my limiting beliefs and the fears I was experiencing.
Then, the movie the secret was released in 2006. That’s when I discovered my now Mentor, Jack Canfield, America’s No. 1 Success Coach. I had heard about his Chicken Soup for The Soul Book Series but hadn’t read them at that stage. I began to research everything I could about him, from his books to YouTube to Social Media.
I began meditation and once I became fluent with it, I began to do guided meditations. These are about discovering your life purpose, what you were put on this earth to do. Then one day I completed the meditation and at the end, there was a symbol. This symbol was the vision of what my life purpose was to be. The symbol was a microphone. It was telling me that my life purpose was to go out there and speak. That I would conquer my fears of public speaking and motivate and inspire people with my story. Again, I still didn’t know how I was going to do this. I worked on my vision for many years, by visualising how my life would be if I overcame my fear.
It wasn’t until 10 years later that I became one of his Certified Canfield Trainers. That’s when my life began to change.
By becoming a Success Trainer and Life Coach, I began to take action and put things in place to achieve what I wanted out of life, through his knowledge.
It worked for him, so why couldn’t it work for me, right?
I started my own business, while still reading and learning the principles of success, over and over again. That’s how we learn our craft, by repetition. I conducted workshops for people who wanted to up-level their life, who wanted to achieve more. I began providing life coaching services on a one on one basis. I enjoy doing this as I want to give back and help people who are feeling that they need to get out of their comfort zone, who want to face their fears, who want to break down those roadblocks, and are willing to put in the effort and make the commitment to achieve more in their lives.
I did all the things I needed to do to activate the law of attraction to come my way. Visualisations, meditations, affirmations, and my personal favourite, my Vision Board. I placed a book in the middle of my vision board, and written on it was “Best-Selling Author”. I had no idea how I was going to do this by the way, but you don’t have to, trust the universe to work its magic. Of course, it requires a little effort on our part to take the actions towards our goals.
Well, it took about eight months to manifest! One day I received an email from Jack asking me if I would like to co-author a book with him along with another 49 authors.
I jumped at the chance initially. But I sat back and reflected and had a thought. “What could I possibly write about?” My subconscious started playing games with me.
Who do you think you are?
What are you going to write about?
You’ve got nothing to say.
I SAT DOWN AND BEGAN TO WRITE
This went on for a couple of weeks, when suddenly one day through my meditation, a thought came to me of an event that happened in my working life that triggered my self-reflection. I sat down with my laptop and wrote the chapter within three days. I had tears rolling down my face because I had never shared it with anyone, and actually writing about it brought all the feelings back to the forefront of my mind. The other epiphany I had, was that everyone was going to know the details about what happened. It was going to be in black and white in a book being sold all around the world!
But once I had a think about it I realised that all the great thinkers and successful people that I knew about had a story. They were open about their story and that it brought them to this place and time. This brought them closer to their followers and other leaders.
So, I went for it. One thing you need to realise is that when an opportunity is placed in front of you and it feels right, just do it! Take the opportunity as a sign of getting closer to where you want to be. Taking action to get closer to achieving your goals!
ACHIEVING BEST-SELLING AUTHOR STATUS
Next thing I know, the book has been published, it gets on the best-seller list and I have now been honoured with the title “best-selling author” and inducted into The Academy of Best-Selling Authors!
I flew to Los Angeles in 2016 to an award ceremony called The Quilly Awards, which is an award for authors. I also received an editors choice award for my contribution to the book, “The Road To Success.”
So, from that shy little girl back in Adelaide, South Australia, I am now a Speaker, Life and Success Coach, Best-Selling Author, and a Podcaster!
I named my Podcast “Your Road to Success!” a slight variation to the title of my book as I wanted to speak to my audience one on one.
I faced my fears, rejected rejection, took responsibility for my life, and decided to believe in myself. I realised that I had the ability to do anything I put my mind to.
THIS IS FOR YOU
If there’s only one thing you take out of this, I want you to make sure that whatever your dream is, STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK;
- OF YOUR GOALS,
- OF WHAT YOU ARE STRIVING FOR,
- OF WHO YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR TIME WITH
- OF WHAT YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR TIME DOING TO GET THERE
IT’S YOUR JOURNEY
It may be a lonely road to get there, but once you have reached the end of that tunnel, it was all worth it, because you have now made a quantum leap in your personal or professional life and are now where you want to be.
Those people who once said;
“What is she/he doing?
“She/he is wasting her time”
“She/he won’t make it
Will now say;
“Wow, how did she/he do that?”
Let this be an inspiration to you, to conquer any of those fears that you may have, to set those goals, no matter how big they might be.
“IT DOESN’T TAKE ANY MORE EFFORT TO DREAM A BIG DREAM THAT IT TAKES TO DREAM A SMALL DREAM!”
And remember, don’t worry about how big your dream is, or how it will manifest, because;
“THE HOW WILL SHOW UP,
OUT OF THE COMMITMENT TO THE ACTIONS THAT YOU TAKE TO GET THERE.”
If you want to know more about how I can help you please go to the coaching page for more information.
I am extremely motivated to make a positive impact on the world by helping people create FREEDOM and HAPPINESS!
I believe that many people settle for mediocrity when they deserve greatness, and it is my honour to help you realise your potential so that you can achieve everything you desire and so much more!
So please contact me, I’m here to help you!
With Jack Canfield on The Red Carpet With Emmy Award Winning Director/Producer Nick Nanton