423 MINISODE Nancy McKay: Follow Your Gut
Women Innovating Networking Growing Scaling – that’s WINGS … I’m Melinda Wittstock, my mission is to help women take flight to soar to the success of our dreams in business and in life– and create and grow businesses in alignment with our passion and purpose.
On this special Mentoring Minisode of Wings of Inspired Business … we talk about what it means to trust your gut. Intuition is a powerful guide in business and in life – and sometimes when our gut speaks it is hard to know whether it is fear-based limiting beliefs sabotaging us … or divine inspiration providing the breadcrumbs to follow on a path to success.
Here with us today to provide her insights and inspiration is …
Nancy is a Certified Life Coach and she learned a lot about body, mind and spirit in her recovery first from alcoholism and then from ovarian cancer. It’s a unique perspective on how to heal your life. So today on our Mentoring Minisode Nancy shares what our body can tell us about our decision-making – and how to listen to its signs
Nancy’s life experiences of growing up in an alcoholic household and recovering from alcoholism herself … to later surviving ovarian cancer, give her a unique perspective on empowering others to heal their lives.
Nancy is certified as a Wayfinder Life Coach from Martha Beck, Inc. as well as a Mind-Body-Eating Coach from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Nancy also spends a great deal of time working with horses to hone her skills – she’s also a Certified Equus Coach through the Koelle Institute for Equus Coaching.
Nancy also serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
Today she shares some important advice about how to leverage our intuition and how to know the difference in those gut feelings between fear and inspiration.
Melinda Wittstock: Nancy, welcome to Wings.
Nancy McKay: Thank you so much Melinda. It’s an honor to be here.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah, it’s great to talk with you too. And I am always, always interested in learning from entrepreneurs what the inspiration is. What’s inspiring you right now.
Nancy McKay: Well, my belief that you’re never too old and it’s never too late to start over and do something that you really love. That’s been my inspiration and it served me well. It has served me very well.
Melinda Wittstock: This reinvention is so, so important because as women, I think even more than men, we go through a lot of seasons in our lives, before we have children, when we have children, later in life. That kind of thing. So what was the spark that led you to want to reinvent?
Nancy McKay: Well, I got sober 10 years ago and then I went through an ovarian cancer diagnosis five years ago.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh my goodness. Well first, can I just say congratulations on being sober.
Nancy McKay: Thank you.
Melinda Wittstock: That is a big, big thing. And also in overcoming your cancer. My goodness.
Nancy McKay: Thank you. Well it was life changing and both of them have turned out to be blessings of course. Of course for being sober, that’s kind of a given that that’s a blessing. But being diagnosed with cancer was also a blessing to me because it helped me, it spurred me to re-examine my life. And I was just sort of on autopilot and I found that I wanted to do something that felt more purposeful in my life.
Melinda Wittstock: Right. The critical thing about entrepreneurship is that we tend to create businesses that solve the problems that we ourselves have been confronted with, and in solving them for ourselves, we find the clue on how to solve them for others. And I want you to just say a little bit about your business. You’re a certified life coach and what kinds of things do you do for your clients based on your own experiences?
Nancy McKay: Well, the biggest thing that I do is I help them examine their thoughts and because our thoughts create our reality, and so often we’re creating a reality based on falsehoods, on lies. And so I find that if I can help unpack negative thoughts and toxic beliefs for women then I feel like I’ve done my job. I hope that my story inspires people to want to change their lives and then I use my experience and my training to help them do that.
Melinda Wittstock: Ah, that’s fantastic. And so a great segue into the challenges portion of our Minisode, and everybody has challenges in business. What are some of your challenges right now?
Nancy McKay: Well, trying to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone. I have to get out of my comfort zone on a daily basis in order to build my business. And that’s difficult at best and can be almost paralyzing at worst. So just making sure that I’m doing everything I possibly can to create the business that I want to have, and to make sure that I’m coming at it from the correct place, the correct energy place. So the thing that I have to watch out for is coming from a place of need or desperation and wanting to, I want to come from a place of gratitude and abundance. And make sure that I’m putting out the correct energy because I certainly don’t want … It’s a give and take in a coaching relationship and I want to make sure that I’m attracting the right people.
Melinda Wittstock: I think the secret to launching, growing, scaling a great business. Because when we can get into that energy, we attract the right sort of clients. Things just have more of an ease and a flow and you start to know and appreciate your own value, right.
Nancy McKay: Absolutely.
Melinda Wittstock: So, so important.
Nancy McKay: Yeah.
Melinda Wittstock: So based on your own journey, right, and your own transformation and how you help your clients, what are your top three go-to pieces of advice for female founders and women business owners?
Nancy McKay: Well, the first one is to believe in yourself. And if you have the inspiration to start a business, that would not have come to you if it wasn’t meant to be. So believe in yourself and follow your intuition. Don’t give up when it starts getting rough because it will. So just don’t give up. Hang in there. And I think working with a coach yourself is incredibly important to stay on track while you’re building your business. And I work with a coach and I think it’s really important for coaches to have coaches.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh, we all need them. I mean, I found that in my own businesses, I only really grew and was able to grow and scale a company when I had great mentors and a great mastermind. I pay coaches. Like it’s actually a pretty big part of my budget.
Nancy McKay: Absolutely.
Melinda Wittstock: For myself because at any stage of business growth, you’re going to be presented with new challenges and new things and you’re like constantly growing. It’s like if you want therapy, just become an entrepreneur, right.
Nancy McKay: Yeah, exactly.
Melinda Wittstock: Its really so, so true.
Nancy McKay: You learn a lot about yourself in the process, that’s for sure.
Melinda Wittstock: Absolutely. And so what are some other pieces of advice?
Nancy McKay: Oh gosh. Listen to your gut. Because our body knows, our body knows more than our heads do. And just hang in there and question yourself. If you come up against an obstacle, question yourself, is that really true? Or am I distracting myself because there’s a task I don’t want to take care of or it makes me uncomfortable? Or something like that. So always questioning yourself and your motives and what it is that you’re, what your goal really is and …
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah. I think the challenge there too is sometimes with your gut, is it your gut or is it fear speaking? And like how to know the difference.
Nancy McKay: Right. Right. So that’s when you start writing stuff down, right. But when you’re listening to your gut, I mean, when you’re faced with a situation, is your gut tightening up? Is it causing you pain? Is it a discomfort? A physical discomfort when you are thinking of something? Or is it more of an opening, energetic feeling? And that’s when you listen to your gut, you have to listen to what the gut is saying. If it’s causing you pain, then whatever it is you’re thinking about is probably not a good idea.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah.
Nancy McKay: But if your heart is beating in anticipation, like excitement or you feel your heart opening or your gut relaxing, then that’s probably a really good sign. And that’s something that you should look at.
Melinda Wittstock: Yeah, absolutely.
Nancy McKay: Your body has a lot of wisdom.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh gosh. So true. So Nancy, where can people find you and work with you?
Nancy McKay: So my website is www.amazingoutlookcoaching.com and I can be reached by email at Nancy@amazingoutlookcoaching.com.
Melinda Wittstock: Fantastic. Well, thank you for taking the time to put on some wings and fly with us today on the mentoring Minisode.
Nancy McKay: Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. It’s really been fun.