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The Courageous Entrepreneur Show

Jun 1, 2017

Welcome to the Courageous Entrepreneur Show. This is the show that shares information and inspiration to help you break free from self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and disempowering patterns and break through to create the thriving, successful business you dream of and deserve.

You'll hear interviews with entrepreneurs who’ve overcome amazing challenges to create success on their terms and interviews with experts who share insight and practical information that -- when you take action on it -- can help you move forward with courage, confidence, and clarity.

The show is available in both video and audio format on a variety of platforms including Apple Podcasts formerly iTunes, on You Tube, and on my website Winnie

I had reached a horrible point in my business life where I couldn’t talk about my services. I was practically afraid to leave the house.

One night while alone in my office staring at my whiteboard where I had written down what I wanted and what I couldn’t do when suddenly I realized I was trapped in a pattern of acting and reacting…using strategies that had helped me survive a toxic environment while growing up and helped me be a successful corporate employee but now those strategies were actively holding me back.

Two days later I went to an event and when I was checking in I discovered the speaker that night had a book that says we can all get stuck in patterns we developed in childhood as a survival strategy in our original organizations – our families.

You don’t have to have grown up in an abusive environment like I did to develop patterns that don’t work for you as an adult.

So when I was planning out this show I knew I wanted to address this issue and I hoped this author would be a guest on the show.

In today’s episode you’re going to meet Dr. Sylvia LaFair. Inc magazine rated her as one of the top 30 leadership experts in the world. Her Total Leaderhips Connections program is one of the top ten best in the country as rated by HR dot com. She’s a columnist for Inc dot com and The National Business Journals. She’s CEO of Creative Energy Options and the world’s leading authority in pattern aware leadership development.

You’re going to hear Sylvia explain:

  • What patterns are and what being pattern aware means  
  • How ingrained patterns we developed in our family of origin get anchored into us and get repeated in our work organizations. These can lead to disempowering actions and self-sabotage.  
  • The role stress plays in developing patterns  
  • How to begin to change your ineffective patterns to stronger, empowering ones that will help you create the success you dream of and deserve.

Stick around all the way to the end when I’ll share your reflection exercise and action step for this episode.

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Guest Contact Links:
Sylvia's website -

Email Sylvia at Sylvia (at sign) ceoptions (dot sign) com (type that out as you would a normal email address)

Phone number: 1-570-636-3858

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Sylvia's special offer: for just the first 10 audience members who reach out to her and tell her you heard her on my show, you'll receive a free strategy session directly with Sylva. This is an offer worth hundreds of dollars to get feedback from truly one of the world's top leadership experts.