The Making of Wholehearted Connection – Empowerment from the Inside Out

I have had a few challenging experiences the past few weeks. As I continue to learn to take 100% responsibility for my life, I needed to discover an answer. Fortunately I did. I learnt there was still parts of my life where I was giving my power away and was not committed to living wholeheartedly.

I have also been speaking to a number of women lately and they indicated that is was time for them to step forward in to their life more wholeheartedly, by taking their own power back and focus on their own needs and holistic wellbeing.

Subsequently, I decided I wanted to create a learning community for women who are ready to take action and embracing their courage. A community for women who would like to be held accountable, educated, supported, inspired and celebrated as they break up with fear (and other draining habits) and take small and empowering steps towards creating changes in their personal or professional life over the coming year, so they can continue to commit to creating a life they love. So, Wholehearted Connection: Empowerment from the Inside Out was created.

 

What is Power?

The word “power” comes from the Latin word “posse”, which means “be able”. There are many definitions of power, including –

  • “the ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way,” or “the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.” ~ Google
  • “Ability to act or produce an effect.” ~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • “Capability of doing or accomplishing something.” ~ Dictionary.com
  • “The ability or capacity to do something or act in a particular way.” ~ Oxford Dictionaries

After reading these definitions on power, what does it mean to you? What I refer to empowerment as is “power-with” not “power-over”.

Need some further clarification? Maybe the following 10 quotes can help…

 

10 Quotes on Power and Empowerment

The following 10 quotes relate to power and empowering yourself –

  1. “We fear and crave becoming truly ourselves.” ~ Abraham Maslow
  2. “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” ~ Tao Te Ching
  3. “The day the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  4. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
  5. “Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.” ~ Seneca
  6. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ~ Alice Walker
  7. “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” ~ Plato
  8. “Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.” ~ Elie Weisel
  9. “You see what power is, holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them.” ~ Amy Tan
  10. “As I have often written, power is the fundamental ingredient of the human experience. Every action in life, every thought, every choice we make – even down to what we wear and whether we are seating in first class or coach – represents a negotiation of power somewhere on the scale of power that constitutes life.” ~ Caroline Myss

Bingo – this is what I needed to continually do and subsequently wanted to help other women have the courage to do that for themselves – BE the Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of their own life (isn’t it funny how what we end up teaching what we most need to learn…) 🙂

 

Why Wholehearted Connection?

In the midst of all of the external chaos and pressures – the striving to do your best, the control, wearing masks of perfectionism and pleasing others – you have forgotten you are worthy!

You have forgotten you are Whole. Enough. Resilient. Loveable. Brave. Capable. Creative. Courageous and have needs.

However, even in the midst of this messiness, struggle, overwhelm and confusion – you and your presence are a gift!

On this 12-month adventure you will discover a clearer sense of who you truly are, a deeper appreciation of your own worthiness, greater joy and a grounded sense of self-confidence and self-compassion.

No more settling. No more hiding. No more casting aside your emotions or femininity in order to succeed. No more pleasing others and forgetting about your own needs.

You will be able to be more of your true self. You will reconnect with your real needs, stand up for yourself with confidence and grace, handle challenging conversations and discover your boundaries and inner guidance.

Join us on this adventure and discover what it truly means to wholeheartedly connect to you!

 

“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Joseph Campbell

 

What is Wholehearted Connection?

Wholehearted Connection is a 12-month adventure to support women reconnect to their wholeness and become the leader in their own life. It is a safe and supportive online professional learning community for women who would like support to focus on their wellbeing and take time out for themselves each day, so they can find the courage to step forward, release what is no longer serving them and become the Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of themselves.

Wholehearted Connection is about creating change that feels right for you and embracing your power, so you can experience more bliss and wellbeing in your life!

It is about giving yourself permission to say yes to yourself and following your heart.

Then committing (with flexibility of course) to that change for the coming year.

What could you create in your life over the next year, whilst BEing more of YOU?

What is it that you truly want?

Yes, it is about YOU deciding what you would like to change and then having the courage to step forward and prioritise YOU throughout the year!

 

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. ~ Joseph Campbell

 

Why is Wholehearted Connection over a Year?

There are a couple of reasons.

Firstly – over the years, the clients I have had the privilege of working with have helped me realise that change takes time. Now don’t get me wrong, there are different types of change, however the changes many of my clients were after (i.e. an increase in self-confidence, starting the habit of self-care, developing an exercise habit, deeper self-awareness and self-compassion) were taking longer than they expected. Due to the length of time and their own expectations, some were starting to give up on themselves (which was hard to see). Fortunately, they had support and chose to continue on.

Secondly – as I continued to research change, I came across research done by the European Journal of Social Psychology. The research conducted by Phillippa Lally and her colleagues from the University College London found that change took from 18-254 days and that the average length of change was 66 days.

Thirdly – I knew from experiencing change within my own life, that I needed to be reminded to take small step each day. Little did I know until later (thanks Joseph Campbell – see quote below), that is all I could have taken at that time.

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Finally – I discovered that the change process was about unlearning as much as remembering. Yes, less is more (not what we have been led to believe). Unlearning or untangling the beliefs, distorted thoughts or conditioning that we had learnt when we were younger and remembering who we truly are. I knew I wanted to create a safe space to continue to change within myself and share that space with other people.

 

Who is Wholehearted Connection for?

Wholehearted Connection is for the CEO, the teacher, the assistant teacher, the nurse, the business owner, the real estate agent, the sporting coach, the accountant, the human resources manager, business services manager, the receptionist, the mum, the grandmother, the writer, the printer and anyone else who has a successful career and very real time constraints.

It is for the woman who wants to be more, accomplish more, do more, but most of all be present more. It is also for the woman who wants to do less. The woman who wants to undo what they have done and stop pushing to do and allow more being to unfold.

Wholehearted Connection is for the woman who is ready to reconnect and start focusing on her own needs, so then she can support others.

It is for the woman who is ready to stop giving her power away, rest and begin to listen to her own inner wisdom and truth.

Wholehearted Connection is for the woman who is ready to break-up with draining habits (i.e. “shoulds”, “comparisons”, “blame”) and create greater freedom and sustainable wellbeing.

It is for all of us who are ready to practice being more alive and awake in this world, whilst increasing compassion, connection and courage.

Basically, Wholehearted Connection is about you coming home to yourself, showing up for yourself each day throughout the coming year.

 

Outline of Wholehearted Connection – Empowerment from the Inside Out

Wholehearted Connection is about YOU taking the time over the next year to BE the leader in your own life! You will receive the Wholehearted Connection Daily Journal (yes it is my first publication and only available within the community). The topics for each month are –

You will receive the following –

Click here to find out more about the Wholehearted Connection or contact us to ask further questions.

 

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, “the Man in the Arena”. Delivered at the Sorbonne (Paris) on April 23, 1910.

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