For this week’s podcast and video, I have a truly empowering interview with Kim Davis for you. Kim is a seasoned counsellor, yoga teacher and career & business coach who specializes in helping people to start their business in their 50s!
I often think when people are in their 50s or 60s, they are in their Golden Age, as they have accumulated some real-life experiences, skills and they have faced a few challenges as well as built up some important relationship over time. Now they are at a place where they know who they are, what they want (or don’t want!) and still have the energy to do great things. They may start thinking about retirement from their current job or maybe facing fewer family obligations (children are grown up & independent), they can really start a fresh new chapter if they want to.
However, finding the courage to step outside from their comfort and confidence zone and to move forward into a new direction can be very challenging. Therefore, once again lead to my most common advice: Just one small step at a time. You just gotta move forward.
Last week in my blog The Fear of Not Being Enough, I talked about how over-thinking and analysis paralysis can stop us from moving towards where our hearts want to take us. We feel doubtful, worried and sacred by the “What If We Fail” thoughts.
When we do that, we give our power away and we drop our chances.
More often than not, it is because our vision is SO BIG and WONDERFUL and it can be overwhelming to imagine what it may take to get us THERE.
But if we just focus on 1 small action at a time, we will be on our way and the anxiety we feel will also start to disappear.
The problem is, we tend to underestimate the power of taking small actions consistently.
We are constantly searching for big breaks and quick wins, but in fact, it is the small steps that prepare us to take on the big jumps or leaps when the opportunity arises.
Also, whatever we think our destination is, it may shift ever so slightly or dramatically when we get closer to it.
We would be at a different vantage point later down the track and change what we think or feel about what is best for us.
BUT remember, we have to go on that track in the first place.
We must listen to our instinct instead of our fear, and to take actions no matter how small.
Fulfiling your dreams and vision
Kim is in her 60s and I love what she said in the interview, “Youth has a lot in its favour“. When she was in her late 20s, she participated in a youth leadership program and got inspired to go with a group to create “World Youth“, a charity foundation that is still running today. The group had a dream to change the world but they were not sure how to do that. The youth group went to Nepal and saw the needs of the local people and they decided to take on several community development projects. Eventually, they built a school for young children with 500 students and a home for orphans with over 50 children living there today.
They had a dream, a vision. They took small steps towards that direction.
In Kim’s words: “We were passionate and hopeful. We just kept going and be playful while doing serious and meaningful work. We were not stressed or worried about what is going to work or not, we just focused on the present day, a day at a time.”
By just doing what is in front of her, following the steps laid down by the universe, she was the first western woman lived at a monastery in Nepal while she was doing her work there.
She told me that back in her early days in Nepal, women were very restricted because of their culture but at the same time, they managed to help and support each other. She loved working with local women and to empower them in finding their feet, fighting for their passion or creating local businesses to better their lives.
Kim continued to serve on the charity board for 20 years but now has stepped back and let younger women lead the way. That’s what I meant earlier, with maturity, we may choose to step back, to teach or coach others so they can go and create new projects with new ideas.
It is not surprising how she has now moved on to help other people who are over 50 years old to start their businesses. They are free from family obligation and they want to do something meaningful in businesses or social enterprises in their golden years.
I was so pleased to find out about Kim’s work as I strongly believe people in their Golden Years deserve the opportunity and be supported to shine!
Aligning Your Business Systems with the Chakra System
As a yoga teacher of over 20 years, Kim as also shared with me how she applies the yogi philosophy into business and coaching.
Kim has been practising and teaching chakra system for many years she could see how we can actually apply that chakra system for business. (which is really cool!)
So here is a short description of how each chakra corresponds to different business areas.
Base chakra => Foundation of the business, financial security, basic needs
Sacral chakra => Systems within the business (communication, marketing and financial, etc) so that we can flow freely
Solar Plexus => What are our products, services, our creative expression in the world
Heart chakra => Our relationships with our clients, customers, colleagues, suppliers and stakeholders
Throat chakra => The way how we express ourselves, are we authentic, how we communicate, trust that there is a place for us and to be heard
Third eye chakra => Tuning into our inner wisdom
Crown chakra => Stay open to inspiration, connection, opportunities, willing to be in service
“What we can do is to run a quick chakra scanning in our mind, just like how would you do it on your body but apply for the business. Everything is made up of energy, so is our business, the energy for your business needs to flow and be in balance too.”
If you resonate with the chakra system and you may find this a holistic way to look at your business – so put yourself into your business, is there an area that you need to balance, say to be more open or to be more focused on?
You can watch our interview below:
I hope you would enjoy this week’s podcast and my video interview with Kim Davis. You can find out more about Kim’s work and connect with her via the web sites at https://www.iforgottoretire.com/ and http://www.careerandbusinesssoulutions.com/
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