As I do when I notice a choice someone’s made that I sense will impact others, I want to know more. What caused them to make the choice and what did they hope would come from it? [Read more…]
My podcast journey led me to a woman who chose to not leave women with Metastatic Breast cancer behind. Upon reading her story, immersing myself in her blog and watching all her videos I knew I wanted to know more. What had led her to make this choice? What was her vision of what she hoped to do? How would she really impact the lives of these women?
Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast cancer when she was 43 years old and told she had three years to live. With a 7-year old son and a 10-year old daughter, Rebecca feared for her kids and how they’d live without her. [Read more…]
I wish someone had told me that saying yes opens everything up. While it seems so obvious, it wasn’t so obvious to me. The year I turned 50 I made a commitment to say yes often, without giving much thought to what was on the other side.
I chose to free fall into the expansiveness of yes and trust. [Read more…]
What does it take to be an expert? Or at least to feel like you’re an expert?
I’ve been reflecting on this question a lot lately as I see people holding themselves from moving forward because they think they don’t know enough to do that thing they want to do. I have had many coaches and mentors throughout my career. I have read many books. I have taken many classes. I have purchased and used the content from many information products. Needless to say there’s a lot of stuff in my brain.
Over the years, key nuggets from all that learning have really stuck with me. They’ve gone through my “Kim-Filter”, gotten swirled around, and come out with my stamp on it.
When I was newer in business, I always gave credit to where I’d learned the nugget, whether it was from a book or a mentor. Then, something shifted for me. I can’t say exactly when, but I began to own what it was that I knew. I realized that if it had resonated with me, and I was speaking it naturally, and new ideas were sprouting from those nuggets, then that “stuff” was now mine.
I was the expert in what I spoke about.
Truth is there are not a lot of original ideas out there. It’s how we package those ideas and infuse them with their own experience and personal spin that matters. We are all an amalgam of the information that we have taken in through mentors, books and study. What doesn’t matter is how you know it.
What matters is THAT you know it and that you do something with it.
I’ve seen many sit with the limiting belief of when I know more then I can do/teach that thing want to do. I emphatically say, do it TODAY.
You know enough right now, as you are, to share your expertise with those who care. And, there definitely are those who care. I’d really love to hear what your experience has been with stepping into your own expertise, what’s either held you back or given you the strength to move forward.
The choices we make have an impact. Small choices have the power to influence others in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Months ago I saw a video called The Doorman about a young man named Josh Yandt who’d been depressed and bullied. After moving to a new high school he made the choice that he would no longer be invisible, and he took the “small” action to hold the door open for all the students of his new school. At first the kids looked at him quizzically, unsure of his motives. But then, things changed, and not only did his life shift but he changed the culture of his school.
A simple act of his kindness changed lives. [Read more…]