When we talk about taking a leap to the next level of your business, there’s this understanding that the leap is not going to be easy—it’s going to take a little something extra, but it will be worthwhile because it takes you to an amazing new place.
As a success coach, I’ve found that most women have one of three reactions to taking leaps: they might be scared but leap anyway, or they’re scared and excited and they leap, or they’re scared and they don’t leap. Obviously, the last one in that group usually turns out the worst in the long run, because what happens when you don’t take those leaps is that you remain small.
But when you do take the leap, you get to expand, to grow, to stand up and allow yourself to be the best version of you.
And this isn’t just a problem for women who are struggling to pay the bills every month. I still have to remind myself and coax myself to take leaps—it can still be unnerving, even at this phase of my career.
For example, when I got back to L.A. after the Transformation in Tuscany, I’d just been in Italy and England for several weeks, and I was kind of like, okay. It’s time to get back into work mode, but then David Neagle invited me to spend some time with him in Naples, so of course I went. And then I was really feeling the pull of “getting down to business,” you know? Like I still have this mindset that only certain types of “work” will nurture my business.
But then I had an event in Napa, and Glenn booked several extra days on the trip, so we could visit restaurants and explore different types of food and wine—and again, I felt as if I was neglecting my business.
But of course, what was really happening is that I was expanding. Luckily, I said yes to all this. And I learned so much about food and cooking, which are absolute passions for me, and I realized that I was really compartmentalizing my life, trying to separate food from business from femininity from connecting with people.
And I realized that all these elements can be a part of my business, that there doesn’t have to be lines between “work” and “play.” That’s just not the reality I have to live—and it’s not the reality that any of us has to live. And getting to that place is part of the divine living we’re all aspiring for.