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Q&A With Danielle Savory

Danielle Savory is a certified life, mind and body coach and owner/founder of Modern Mindfulness. Danielle came into INDUSTRY to talk to us about how to use both neuroscientific research and our common understanding of how thoughts effect our emotions, behavior and results – inspiring us to get into action and Create What’s Next.

I followed up with Danielle to talk about what got her started, keeps her going, and how others can learn from her.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS FIELD, AND FEEL CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO BECOME A LIFE COACH?

I got into this field via mindfulness, meditation and practices of self-compassion. Through various personal and health struggles I found myself at a point in my life that was very dark and not at all what I had envisioned for myself. I was ready to do whatever it took to get myself out of pain and living my life. That search brought me to a variety of mindfulness practices. I found ways to make sense of it all, despite my skepticism and leaned heavily into the scientific studies to offer me a different approach to ancient wisdom. I began combining my educational background of both neuroscience and contemplative wisdom and offering workshops and classes to the community. Life coaching was a way to offer deeper transformation in a 1:1 setting, because the growth doesn’t come from the knowing and understanding of the knowledge it comes from the application – this is what coaching does – it applies it. My confidence came from my own personal transformations, but truly it continues to increase everyday as I see the results of the hundreds of people I have had the pleasure of working with and how my own mind and understanding of possibility is growing exponentially.

IN MOMENTS OF SELF-DOUBT, HOW DO YOU BUILD YOURSELF BACK UP?

The first step in dealing with self-doubt is to recognize when it is creeping in and to not freak out. For me the key is to notice that doubtful thoughts are PART of the journey of growing and going after big goals and dreams. You can’t have one without the other. So, when I notice it I can remind myself that this is just the brain’s way of wanting to keep things familiar, that nothing has gone wrong, and also it is JUST a thought. I don’t have to listen to it. Then I remember all of the ways I AM meant for the job, the goal, the gig – whatever. I like to list out the ways that I am the perfect person. If I have done similar things to what I am attempting to do then I will list out my successes, insights and learnings from those times. Whatever I can, I do it to remind my doubtful brain who I am and why I am qualified.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED? 

To answer my uncomfortable emotions with “of course” instead of judgement. “Of course you are disappointed, things didn’t work out the way you wanted them to”. Holding space for that human reaction before rushing forward has allowed me to accomplish way more than I historically thought possible.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT ANY SUCCESS STORIES?  

I think that it is so hard to define success in general, society wants it to be a grand accomplishment, and for me it is so much more than that. Success for me is ongoing, it is steadfast and committed despite the outcome. I consider my health to be a success, I have had many unexpected instances with my health over the years that have tested my mind and my spirit – learning how to meet those challenges with compassion over and over again is, and continues to be one of my very greatest accomplishments. I also consider the business I created a great success. Being able to intertwine my education, life experiences and passion for helping others all into career is a dream come true. I started with a small idea and a couple of friends on my living room floor guiding them through a meditation to now having helped, taught, guided and coached hundreds of people all over the country.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

Too many! I have so many people in the mindfulness and neuropsychology field that I love to learn from – but I am consistently inspired by women who have the courage to go against the grain, to speak their minds, to not edit themselves to people please, brave and bold women – people like Tarana Burke, Oprah, Beyonce and Michelle Obama.

HOW DO YOU KEEP LEARNING?

Learning is one of the most important things to me – not just consuming information but putting myself in situations to learn more about myself, my craft, my community etc. I have a chunk of time dedicated every single day to learning about me, then a chunk for reading or studying (books, scientific papers, speakers, articles) and I also listen to educational podcasts on my daily commute as well as on my morning walks – so yeah, there is TONS of learning all the time!

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU TELL YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

There will always be people who don’t like you and then those who love you – their opinion has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them – so you might as well be who you are and do the things that light you up.

NAME THE BIGGEST OVERALL LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED IN RUNNING A BUSINESS?

To not be surprised when things don’t go as planned. It is part of the process, nothing has gone wrong. So, strategize for the learning, plan for the resistance and just keep believing in yourself and your ability – that is what carries me through.

HOW CAN PEOPLE KEEP PRACTICING WHAT YOU TEACH? DO YOU HAVE ANY TOOLS AVAILABLE TO FOLLOW?  

I do have a starter kit you can access at daniellesavory.com/modernmindfulnesskit and if you are ready to really implement the learning and begin to rewire your brain for a future you want, then 1:1 coaching is truly amazing – with me or one of my colleagues. I also share stuff in my newsletter, on my podcast “It’s My Pleasure” or via Instagram @daniellesavorycoaching.