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GGE # 019: Gai Comans on How to Survive and Thrive After Breast Cancer

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“No matter what I was told I was always focused on, ‘I’ll prove you wrong.’” ~ Gai Comans

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Gai Comans

Gai Comans was a “corporate perfectionist” when, at the age of 38, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and given a one-in-ten chance of survival.

One. In. Ten.

It’s been nearly 15 years since her doctors handed her that death sentence and not only did Gai survive the odds, she is thriving. Saying goodbye to her corporate identity has turned her into an entrepreneur on a mission to show other women how to defy the odds.

Also in this episode we talk about: 

  • How standing on a bridge in Florence, Italy was the moment that set Gai free;
  • Why she’s taking a group of women back to Tuscany, to that very same bridge;
  • How her diagnosis took her out of corporate and into the world of entrepreneurialism;
  • How Gai’s shift from survival to living took every ounce of courage and strength;
  • The day Gai realized she could be an inspiration for women like her–women who’ve been told to get their “affairs in order.”

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Give Your Inner Mean Girl A Kick In The You-Know

It’s not always easy to catch the mean things we say to our Self. 

Become a woman unleashedThings like:

“What if they don’t like you?”

“You shouldn’t eat that.”

“Stop doing that!”

“I can’t believe you just said that.”

“Here, put this on and maybe no one will notice.”

“You don’t deserve to have this.”

These (only slightly) veiled admonishments don’t seem to be as obvious as:

“You’re an idiot.”

“You’re so fat.”

“You can’t compete with that.”

“What’s wrong with you?”

“You’re disgusting.”

“I hate you.”

“That was really stupid!”

Imagine looking into the eyes of your Self as a child and saying those things. Could you? Would you still? After all, what does it accomplish? Does it make you do any better? Think back to when you were a child and what it felt like to be admonished by someone.

Diminished. 

It’s no different today, even as an adult. Except perhaps that now we’re the ones doing the admonishing. We’ve learned to diminish our Self in the hurtful ways to which we became accustomed. Then we say we don’t care about what other people think of us.

But what about what you think of You? Do you care about that?

Because the one person whose opinion actually matters is you.

Please stop saying mean things to your Self. It keeps her “down.” It keeps her playing small. It keeps her thinking like the terrified little girl who felt all alone at times; who didn’t realize that the one person she needed most to be on her side was her Self. Instead, she learned to put her down, like the way “They” did.

Those days are over, girlfriend. You are a fully grown woman whose responsibility is to take care of you. Not just for your sake, but for that of everyone around you that you love so deeply.

Take care of your Self and you also take care of the world. Tweet: Take care of your Self and you also take care of the world. http://ctt.ec/5L98H+

Be there for your Self and the world will open up to you in ways you cannot begin to imagine.

It’s time to give your Inner Mean Girl a kick in the ‘you-know‘! Tweet: Give Your Inner Mean Girl A Kick In The You-Know http://ctt.ec/mh981+

Big love!

Lin x+o

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GGE 018: EVERYTHING You Need To Start Making Money Online

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  “We just kept making mistakes and learning from them and testing and tweaking and eventually things started to roll and here we are.” ~ Jill Stanton   You say you want to quit your job but you’re not sure how to go about starting an online business? Or maybe you’ve got an online presence but […]

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Are You Ready For Your Close-Up?

Shhhhhhh. Act II is about to begin. Or perhaps it already started and you missed your curtain call. In that case, “Take 2″ on the rest of your life. You’re getting a do-over. Yes. I know. Forty has come and gone. Maybe even fifty. You think you’re too old to be on stage anymore. So […]

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How To Talk Back To The Voices In Your Head

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Do you hear voices in your head?  I’m talking about those mean-girl voices that, if you listen to them, can send you to your knees EatPrayLove-style?   You know what I’m talking about, right?  Oh my gawwwwwwd, is that another wrinkle?  What’s up with your hair?  Puttin’ on a few are we?   Too bad you didn’t do […]

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GGE 017: Why You Need A Signature Product

Women entrepreneurs over 40, 50, 60

 “Anything you’re doing is just for now.” ~ Margie Beiswanger I love scientist-turned-entrepreneur Margie Beiswanger’s approach to doing business: Anything you’re doing is just for now. Brilliant! We don’t have to create the perfect business that will stand the test of time because it’s very likely we’re going to grow personally and professionally and our business […]

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