We are always told to dream big, but how can you handle that paralysing and overwhelming feeling when you consider “how do I accomplish that”?
In this episode, I am so excited to talk to Sarah Davidson who is an entrepreneur, author and podcaster. Sarah’s previous career was as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at a leading International law firm. She then began her own business with her boyfriend at the time (who is now her husband), Matcha Maiden, after becoming very sick with complete adrenal exhaustion in Africa.
Sarah has now gone on to establish a plant-based cafe ‘Matcha Mylkbar’, write a book and a podcast, both entitled ‘Seize the Yay’.
Sarah discusses her journey from her early career to running her business and creative projects. She has been on an amazing journey and we discuss how to overcome that all-consuming feeling of anxiety and failure by incorporating joy, happiness and play to achieve your goals.
Sarah has such an inspiring story and gives you real-world tips to handle your own anxiety in your business and personal life.
TOPICS DISCUSSED AND WHERE TO FIND THEM:
[3:57]: Sarah’s love language is physical touch and she discusses how challenging it is in lockdown not being able to hug people.
[4:17]: We discuss Sarah’s book – ‘Seize the Yay’.
[5:28]: Sarah shares the ‘Seize the Yay’ philosophy and her early career as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer.
[7:38]: Ending up in Africa, and very sick, Sarah found the love of matcha powder. This love transformed into creating a business with her husband ‘Matcha Maiden’.
[8:59]: Put joy higher up the hierarchy of needs. Life will be happier and better.
[10:36]: ‘Seize the Yay’ is equal parts play, joy, happiness, and the fire in your belly.
[10:44]: When we are in great discomfort, we look to make a change. But when things are just ‘fine’ we aren’t motivated to look for what can be better.
[12:02:]: Sarah shares her advice on how to move past feeling overwhelmed to accomplishing their dreams.
[14:14]: Utilize a ‘dream big but plan small’ approach.
[16:23]: Consider the big vision, then look at the next year, then the next 6 months, then the next month, then what is one thing you can do today?
[18:12]: People’s attitude towards failure is the most important factor to success. Don’t indulge in the idea of failure. The options are; you either win or you learn.
[20:01]: The quicker you get your brain thinking about the lesson, the quicker you are okay with what happened because you focus on what it has taught you.
[21:13]: You can control the narrative to spin it as a success in your business.
[22:19]: Sarah believed that experience would allow for comparison and self doubt to fade but it didn’t. So she has learnt to appreciate those things, and worked to lessen the control they had over her decisions.
[25:16]: Social comparison doesn’t have to be a bad thing when you use it for inspiration and motivation. Remember that you are comparing only with what they are choosing to let you see.
[26:41]: The strategy of ‘blinkers’ – consider what are my blinkers, when do I need them, and how do I construct them in a way that is helpful. Become self aware of the accounts that are triggering and unfollow them.
[30:00]: Sarah discusses the role her anxiety and mental health have been impacted by her businesses and how she had to learn to recognise the signs of mental burnout.
[34:01]: Meditating twice a day for 20 minutes has helped Sarah to give her mind time to rest. She partakes in ‘Sloth Sunday’, where she has to move as little as possible and read only fiction.
[35:49]: Anxiety is something to live alongside and manage.
[36:30]: Be okay with wasting time. Do things that have no outcome.
[39:17]: We will be meeting in person at ‘Ignite the Dream’ in Melbourne. [39:49]: Come and join me for an online master class regarding why your marketing isn’t leading to sales Free Online Workshop – Emily Osmond.