Where Career Changers Go Wrong

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Hi friends,


Nothing makes me sadder than folks who summoned the courage to leave a tough work situation only to find themselves in a tougher one. As I hear story after story on my sales consults, I often feel a pit in my stomach and wish I could turn back time to coach these folks through their pivots. 


Because pivoting, whether it’s into a new job or your own business, IS AN ART.


In my coaching practice, I teach the art of a powerful pivot because I was once told to “leap and the net would appear,” and it didn’t, and it majorly sucked. I landed hard on my a$$, and I don’t want that for you. 


There are several very intentional steps we take to set you up for a powerful next level.


It’s about understanding your gifts, values, finances, belief system, subconscious programming, and so much more. While this is the work we do in my coaching programs, if I could give you three pieces of advice to support a powerful pivot, they would be:


  1. Decide that you’re worthy of the dream. Much of my work with clients is giving them “permission” to have their dreams. Usually, there is a deep desire inside of us that we dismiss. We ask ourselves, “who am I to have what I really want?” But, who are you not to? Give yourself permission to say the dream out loud. If you don’t allow yourself to say it, how can you allow yourself to have it? Take a few moments to jot down the dream for this next career phase, and please don’t censor yourself. 
  2. Get clear on what is getting in the way from both a tactical and mindset perspective. Ever heard the adage, “everywhere we go, there we are?” Well, it’s the truth. And when we change jobs or start our own businesses, we bring along our baggage and our blocks. Ask yourself, what has been getting in the way of me having the career I desire? What conditions aren’t allowing me to thrive? Where is my own mindset getting in the way?
  3. Know your must-haves and deal-breakers: Before I left corporate America for good, I took one last role as head of marketing for a large beauty and wellness company. I wanted that title so badly that I didn’t do my due diligence and vet it thoroughly enough. I thought it was the dream, but really it was a shiny object masquerading as the dream. Make a list of your must-haves, deal-breakers, and nice-to-haves for your next role. The objective here is not to conflate the nice-to-haves with the must-haves as I did. 

To pivoting into your purpose!

Amina xx

And if you're ready to pivot powerfully, you might want to explore my group program Pivot to Purpose

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Get Unstuck in Three Steps

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Hi friends!


I shared a quote on instagram a few weeks ago that you all loved!  It basically said, staying stuck sucks. Sure, change is scary, but nothing is worse than staying somewhere we don’t belong.  


Inspired by your response to this share, I’m serving up some hot tips on how to get unstuck from the stickiness that is 2021.  


Step 1: Release tolerations

​​tol·er·a·tion

/ˌtäləˈrāSH(ə)n/

noun

The practice of tolerating something. Allowing the existence, occurrence, or practice of (something that one does not necessarily like or agree with) without interference.

We all have areas in our lives that we are tolerating—putting up with either because we haven’t looked at it or don’t believe that another way is possible.  When we are tolerating things that are not in service to us, we can not only feel overwhelmed and weighted down, but it diminishes our capacity to hold what we really desire.  Ask yourself:

  1. What are you currently tolerating that isn’t serving you (examples include: bosses, partners, not making enough money, toxic behavior, overwhelm, being stressed out…) 
  2. Why are you tolerating these things?
  3. What does releasing these tolerations make possible?  What’s available to you once you release what isn’t serving you.
  4. What can you release?  By when and how?

Step 2: Shift your mindset 


It’s pretty easy to feel down these days.  The world is in crisis, 40% of folks are changing jobs, the pandemic has hit women really hard...the list goes on.  But it’s not just the times that are making us feel down. Our brains evolved with something called a “negativity bias” which was literally an evolutionary response to keep us safe.  If we saw a lion in the prairie we need to hyper focus on the fact that the prairie wasn’t safe so we could stay alive.

 

What this means is that our brains are more sensitive to negative information or unpleasant news. Our brains literally have a greater surge in electrical activity when we see, hear, feel or experience negativity. Researchers have found that in order to feel balanced in a situation, we need to a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative.  Take yourself through this three step process to reframe yourself out of a funk. 


Ask yourself:

What is the story you’re telling yourself? What is the Voice of Fear Saying?

Is there a limiting belief (belief that is keeping you stuck) tied to this fear? 

How can you debunk this way of thinking or turn this thought around by citing examples to the contrary?


 

Step 3: Cultivate a daily gratitude practice 

 

According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, who has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being, gratitude reduces toxic emotions ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. And who couldn’t use a little more happiness, especially right now?

 

Ask yourself:

What are you grateful for today? Whom are you grateful for?

How can you express advanced gratitude (gratitude for something you’re manifesting that hasn’t yet arrived so you can allow yourself to feel as if it’s already here)?

What did this bring up for you? If it was a lot, I hear you. And if you'd like to process it together and explore what's next for you, I invite you to schedule a clarity call. 

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Navigating Toxic Team Members

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Hi friends,

We all have that one co-worker. 

You know the one.

We’ve all experienced that one team member who is hell-bent on taking down the morale of the entire office. It’s heavy, it’s uncomfortable and it makes work downright un-fun.

Those toxic behavior can look like:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Gossiping
  • Absenteeism
  • Narcissism
  • Passiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Procrastination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Making Excuses
  • Pessimism
  • Prejudice
  • Bias

I’m sure as you read through the list you’re thinking of a team member who’s embodied at least one of those. I've certainly known a few in my time. So what can we do about it?

I’ve created your guide to navigating toxic team members. Download it for free with code: Compassion.

To transformation and releasing toxicity,

Amina 

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Is Everyone Cut Out to be a Founder?

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The journey to entrepreneurship is easier for some than others 

For those of you that have been following along for quite some time, you’ll know that I work with both intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs to help them find alignment, fulfillment, and happiness at work. When intrapreneurs are considering a journey into entrepreneurship, the most common question I hear is, “Am I really cut out to be a founder?”

Today I’m sharing my take on that question, as well as the five things I believe you need in order to be a kick-ass founder.  

All of us have the ability to get on the court with our unique form of brilliance and share it with the world —but, real talk, the journey to entrepreneurship is easier for some than others. Many of the women that I work with say that a lack of access to capital is a major hurdle for them. According to Crunchbase, in 2019, 2.8% of VC funding went to women-led startups; in 2020, that fell to 2.3%. Women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ folks aren’t getting access to capital in the way their cis-het male counterparts are, which is a major stumbling block. There can be higher barriers to entry for certain founders.

One of the most important pieces of being a founder is surrounding yourself with folks who can fill in the gaps for you. We each have areas where we are inherently great, and we each have areas where we’re not so great— and I say that from a space of compassion, not judgement. Being a successful founder means knowing your strengths and weaknesses and building your team to support you in the areas where you need it most.

I truly believe that everyone can be a founder. Here are my five must-haves to thrive in the role:
  1. Boundaries: I love and live by the quote from Prentis Hemphill, "Boundaries are the distance at which I can love you and me simultaneously."
  2. Clarity around your purpose: Ideally, as a founder, you’re working in the business that is a reflection of your purpose. I believe that the great work of our lives exists at the intersection of: where our gifts are, what we value, what brings us joy, what we want to impact, and what we need to bring it all to life.
  3. Know your brilliance: As I shared earlier, I believe we all have a unique form of brilliance that we came to share with the world. As founders and leaders, we need to be abundantly clear on ours and be ready to unearth it in others as well.
  4. A clear vision for your company: Vision doesn’t mean that you are committed to one direction, rather, it’s a strategic path forward that has room and space for agility (see my next point!).
  5. Agility: This has served me the most, particularly in the current moment we’re in. As leaders and founders, many of us have had to quickly change direction. Business conditions change, markets change, our people change, the world changes and we need to be prepared to respond to that and move with it.

Take a look at this list. Where are your checkmarks and where are your missing links? If you'd like to explore what entrepreneurship might look like for you, hop on over here and schedule a clarity call. 

 

Amina 

 

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Overcoming Burnout

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Hi friends!

Newsflash: A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, working womxn are even more burned out than they were last year — and increasingly more so than men. Despite this, women leaders are stepping up to support employee well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, but that work is not getting recognized. That’s according to the latest Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.org.


The report went on to highlight that women of color continue to be on the receiving end of othering behavior, which likely only exacerbates burnout.  

The way forward is crystal clear. Organizations need to honor and reward women leaders who are leading in the most challenging circumstance AND they need to do the transformative culture work required to make their spaces one in which everyone can thrive. 
I probably don’t need to tell you this — you’re likely living it!  

But why are we feeling so burned out (current global crisis aside)?

Did you know those of us who produce estrogen actually have a higher propensity for burnout, anxiety and stress — biologically speaking. In fact, recent research has found that estrogen-producers are more sensitive to low levels of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), a hormone that organizes stress responses in mammals, making them twice as vulnerable as men to stress-related disorders.

AND

The brain system involved in the fight-or-flight response is activated more readily in women and stays activated longer than men, partly as a result of the action of estrogen and progesterone.

Layer in all the invisible labor we have to do on top of the very visible labor we are doing — of course we are burned out. I’ve put together a worksheet to help you mitigate burnout and hopefully shift some of the factors exacerbating it in this moment. Use code "burnout" to access via the button below for free!

To demanding spaces where we can thrive, 

Amina xx

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