I was 16. It was summer and thanks to a recommendation from my high school drama teacher, I was spending 2 weeks at the Fox Theater for a musical theater performance camp called Camp Broadway. (Yes, I’m a total drama geek.)
The second to last day, we were given a tour of the theater which culminated with a chance to step onto the historic Fox Theater stage.
As I looked into the auditorium of empty seats, I let my imagination wander and saw a packed house. I cried. And I’m not talking about misty eyes. I’m talking tear upon tear streaming down my face. I’ll never forget one of my fellow camp-goers seeing my reaction and saying, “That’s how you know this is what you are meant to do.”
Luckily, I have a mother who supported the pursuit of my dreams and was all-in when I said that I want to attend college as a dance major. With that, I set out to learn, grow and set the stage for a move to New York to pursue my dreams.
Only, I didn’t.
I arrived on campus and found that while I was a stand-out dancer back home, I had a lot of work to do in order to shine within my new dance program. My dreams of New York began to feel unrealistic and I allowed myself to believe the doubts creeping into my mind.
After two years, I shoved my leotards and pointe shoes in the back of my closet, changed my major to business, and forever gave power to the question, “What would have been?”
In 2014, when I got the idea for my first company, Mastermind Your Launch, I knew that I had to clear my mind of the limiting beliefs that led me to walk away from my dreams over ten years prior.
I refused to allow history to repeat itself.
Any free time I had was spent scouring books, podcasts, videos and events that fed my faith and weakened my doubts and fears. Over time (because it is a process), I claimed my power and embraced the unstoppable spirit that eluded me in the past.
More than any business plan, THIS work, the work to reprogram my mind into one of confidence, alignment, and action is what drives my work with women and entrepreneurs day after day.
Having worked with entrepreneurs for over a decade, I’ve seen this story play out over and over with those who get excited at the start, but fizzle when the pressure sets in and the real work begins. They get nervous and afraid because they’re being called to show up and show their POWER. And unfortunately, we aren’t raised to do this.
I know all too well how it feels to walk away from a passion that is so much a part of who you are. I don’t want anyone to experience this loss.
Which is why I do the wrk I do. Create a soul-level experience providing women with the tools and awareness to clear the waters of their own mind as they claim their power and true self. Learn more about my coaching at https://thestefaniediaz.com/coaching/.
And now any time you see an image of the signature #woeATL dance party at the WOE events… you’ll know one more reason why it means just so much to me. :)
Any calling you have on your heart can be lived out in real life, if you allow it.