With Wendi Blum Weiss – Episode #3
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In Episode #3 of Visualise You. I am joined by Wendi Blum Weiss and we discuss visualising a different life and business for yourself. Wendi is a Serial entrepreneur, Best Life Mentor and an Enlightened Business Strategist, Wendi has published no less than 5 self-help books and her latest creation is, a planner/calendar and journal series, “Redefine Yourself During Times of Uncertainty.”
Recognised as a Global Speaker and founder of “The Speakers and Coaches Networking Society.” she helps her clients launch online businesses, build speaking careers, and monetize their passions, she also leads global masterminds, retreats and missionaries to worldwide locations including Bali and Haiti.
During our conversation, we cover really practical aspects of pivoting and changing direction, leveraging your current employer when you’re starting out in business. How ‘done is always better than perfect’ and how we all have the ability to inspire and be inspired by others in our life.
In this episode, we discuss, how Wendi was able to leave her career after 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry by creatively visualising a new reality and life for herself. I was so delighted to find Wendi and share our very similar outlook on life. If you’re interested in all things, Universe, Energy, Synchronicities, and visualization, you’re going to love this episode. Enjoy
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Episode #3 Wendi Blum Weiss – Visualising a Different Life and Business
Beth: I'm joined today by the beautiful Wendi Blum Weiss. she's going tell us more about her career and actually how she moved out of the pharmaceutical industry to really be living purposely in her new business. Let's do this then, tell us how you went from pivoting from 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry to doing what you're doing today. How did that happen?
Wendi: [00:00:25] Well it happened by happenstance, the same way that we're here together on a podcast and you're in the UK and I'm here in the U S and it just sort of
[00:00:48] I just. Followed the go to college, start a corporate career, build your career. And then something shifted when I started deeply on a personal growth path, that your thoughts can become your reality. And I had never really thought about. A different type of career. I’d never thought about changing anything really, other than maybe getting my hair they're done.
SCIENCE BEHIND THOUGHT BECOME REALITY
, that really rocked my world and I really wanted to understand the science behind it.
[00:01:37] And this was about 12 or 14 years ago, and I stumbled onto neuroplasticity. The neuroscience of change and success really resonated inside of me and something very interesting happened. I remember once sitting in the audience, I was sitting with all my peers and colleagues and the vice president was on the stage.
[00:02:04] And I thought to myself, it's. Interesting that I always see myself as being here and listening to the message of, the senior management team and listening to the VP. And for a second, I said, let me, you experiment with. Me visualizing that I'm on the stage and everybody is listening to me. So, I had never had that thought before.
[00:02:29] So you change a thought, you think a new thought and then you create a new reality. Interesting enough. It was just a couple of weeks later that they asked me to moderate our speaker, our keynote speaker that had climbed Mount Everest and did all these amazing things. But then there, I was just a couple of weeks later on the stage then looking out at the audience.
[00:02:58] So those kinds of things started to happen. And I started to really pay attention to them. And it just slowly happened over time that I started to write. Just really, basically more like self-discovery kind of writing. And then I discovered that there were other options inside of me, other possibilities.
[00:03:26] And I started playing around with it the same sort of way, like visualising and seeing things. Differently and truth be told, although I very much respect and honor the career that I had for more than two decades in the pharmaceutical industry, a lot of success in sales and training and all sorts of like part of the puzzle that makes me who I am today, but it was just so interesting.
[00:03:55] And that's how it started to happen. And that I wrote my first book and people started to come to me for advice and it just organically happened.
Beth: [00:04:07] Wow. Okay. I had my first experience with kind of attracting something as a child and not knowing what that was. Obviously, as a child, you don't know this kind of how that happens, but knew that I could create when I believed in something and I could visualize something.
[00:04:22] It was a bouncy castle that I manifested when I was a child.
[00:04:26] And I think that's the thing that I want people to take away is that you can latch onto this at any point in your life and you can move in any direction that you want to move in.
[00:04:36] So thank you for sharing that. That's really powerful. So obviously you don't just stop your job one day; was it a transition period? What did that look like?
Wendi: [00:04:45] I had to dress rehearse it in my mind. I could play all the scenarios. I had to look at the worst-case scenario.
[00:05:05] So what would that look like? And I started a process of releasing and letting go. Of like extras. And I got like lean and I mentally prepared myself to resign and move into a new career, but I rehearsed it over and over again. I do have to share that the universe, when you're like aligning with and affirming and believing in all those things, like I had such a big, why in my heart, my purpose, it felt like a tap or a calling that I had to do this and I was fearful, but the tap also said you're going to be okay. And just take it baby steps and allow the process to unfold. So that's what I did.
Beth: [00:05:56] so how did that happen? Did you, just to finish your job or did you go part time, or did you build up some income streams? Just if anybody's thinking about this and there's lots of ways to do it, isn't there that, some people do go part time, sometimes people go full in; but I don't think there's any right way for any person. I think it really depends on everybody's individual circumstances but what was that for you?
Wendi: [00:06:19] First was writing a book. So, I wrote a book. So, I had a book and I remember the story when I shared with one of my nurse practitioners that I wrote a book, she actually called me like the next week. And she said, I think that message was for me. I think that message was for me to write a book, all these things started to happen.
[00:06:43] So writing the book and actually even just making a sale on my own;
[00:07:27] And so I finally got myself together, it took two years before I actually resigned as some people right now that might be listening might have to, they might've gotten furloughed or their businesses might've closed. So, I just leaned into my passion. Which was the inspiration and empowerment piece and it was empowering me?
[00:07:52] So it was building my confidence, but I did go all in and make risk and take risks and chances in the very beginning. So, I wrote, I started writing, I started a blog. I didn't know what to do. I started just writing a few sentences, but I wrote it every day and I started to finish the year strong.
[00:08:10] And I wrote for 90 days and that became my blog and I started getting followers and I started getting followers through social media and then they were reaching out and I started a database. So, I did start a database in a newsletter system right away. So, I was preparing myself for that, the exit, and I was asking questions like, what steps do I need to take?
[00:08:37] And who are my mentors, who are the people what are the characteristics that I admire most. So, I can step into that. Entrepreneurship or being a speaker, being author, being a coach. And I followed that the roadmap, because people that have reached a level of success, they always want to go back and take somebody by the hand and pull them along, because this is talking about passion and purpose and making a difference in service. And those are the people I'm sure that are listening today that are feeling some sort of stirring inside of them. It doesn't have to be big though. It could be the teeniest tiniest little thing, and just experimenting with that.
Beth: [00:09:22] Yeah, you said so many amazing things. So, in terms of the whispers I think in my life, the whispers got louder and louder and louder until I couldn't ignore them. Any more I have pivoted, and that's part of my story is that I've pivoted so many times I've had so many different careers that it was just me moving from fear to fear.
[00:09:45] And actually I needed to step out and go, I need to do this on my own. I need to do my own thing. But then I think you mentioned about coaches and I think it's really important to have a coach, somebody who, will help hold you to account and help move you forward and breakthrough some of the things and thoughts and challenge you.
[00:10:02] I think that's incredibly important. And it just about taking action. Isn't it? I think that moment you actually put something into action. Things start to attract to it. You meet new people; all of that good stuff starts to happen. And then just collecting the emails like you mentioned. One of the simplest and most beneficial things you can do is start to collect those people and start to monetize your business. And sometimes it's an afterthought for people. So, I think there's so many nuggets in what you just said there.
[00:10:33] So can you identify that exact moment then when you knew you had to take that. That leap affair. Was it a particular situation or was it that you just knew there was something different for you and that pharmaceutical land wasn't where you wanted to stay?
Wendi: [00:10:50] it was very specific for me starting to ask the question, how do I feel on a one to ten, with ten being amazing and one being or zero being the lowest. And when I. Was like writing or when I was starting to do some coaching or advising, whatever you want to call it, then I felt like an eight, nine or 10.
[00:11:11] I felt amazingly aligned. And then when I was working in the pharmaceutical industry, there were moments that I felt like an eight or nine really respected. And the people I worked with right. And yet there were many times I felt like a two or three, so it was no longer in alignment. But what I want to share about this is that when I finally got the courage, because I kept saying, trust and have faith and you can do this, and this is the next phase.
[00:11:40] And, so I finally did it. The key about taking action is that the universe we hear this, it sounds like so cliché, the universe conspires to help us and make things happen. Well
, I wasn't really counting on the universe, so I really did take a lot of actions so that I could position myself and, but what happens.
[00:12:04] And when I resigned, my boss looked at me and he said, did you tell anybody else this? Did you share this with anybody else? And I said, no obviously he's the first one and he said, don't say anything to anybody. Let me see what we can do. Maybe we can create something for you and literally I was in disbelief and belief all happening at the same
[00:12:38] And he said, maybe we can create a position for you. Where you can still work for us and cover the key account and coach, maybe you coach us and do some presentations for us, maybe you can do them both. How many hours do you think you need in your new career? Now? This was not something. That I had even anticipated, but the whole idea of just trusting the process and then the door opens when you're getting ready and you're holding the doorknob.
[00:13:11] So that built my conviction muscle. And then I, so I did it. It's interesting. You asked about the part time. So, I did actually work. Part time in the pharmaceutical industry. And I was so grateful that I had that opportunity to do that. Now, not everybody has that opportunity, but if you have a skill set or expertise in an industry, you can, and still consult and still, monetize in other ways, from what you know, like this, giving you all the time, experiences up to that point of your transition.
Beth: [00:13:43] Yeah. And that's happened to me in a number of situations where I've said. No. And they've come back with a counteroffer. First of all, we'll create this position for you. You can do something else
[00:13:54]and then I've had those employers, if you've built really good relationships with them, they know you, they know how you work, they know how good you are at your job.
[00:14:03] They know your value and you can really leverage them to help you get to where you want to go. So, I'm glad you raised that as well because I think that's another option for people thinking it's all on nothing perhaps. Or they have to get a part time, job doing something that's completely different to what they have been doing in their career.
[00:14:18]so I'm sure there has been, there's been loads of kind of life lessons throughout the whole period. Is there anything that really stands out for you that you'd want to share with the listeners?
Wendi: [00:14:28] So my, my number one life lesson is to treat life as an experiment, like a scientific experiment and to test.
[00:14:38] Do a clinical trial, try it out for a week. So, the idea around your morning routine and setting intentions and how powerful that is. So I would test it out and I would set intention and I would meditate in the morning and then ask myself at the end of the day on a one to 10, how would you rate this day?
[00:15:03] And the day would be. An eight or nine, or if there were challenges being able to move through them where maybe in the past, I would have been a two or three and a big, hot mess, completely frazzled and fried. And yet being able to handle it with more grace to get up to a six or seven or eight, but then when I didn't do it, the day would fall apart.
[00:15:30] And I would note that, and then I started testing again, like an experiment. Okay. Sorry. I realize I didn't do it in the morning and it's 12 o'clock and my day has started to fall apart. Can I hit the reset button in the middle of the day? And then. Recalibrate and have a better day. And so, I would test that and that worked.
[00:15:58] So it actually, what it did was it built in this, into my systems
Beth: [00:16:30] Yeah. I mean, meditation has played a massive part in my life and you wobble if you don't meditate, I don't know if you'd feel the same, but if you don’t meditate for a few days. You can feel the synchronicities start to drop away. And it just doesn't, it just doesn't feel like you're in flow anymore.
[00:16:48] And I experimented with the doing in the morning doing it in the evening. I think people sometimes get hung up that meditation can be hard, but It doesn't have to be
. I think there's just been times where, like you say, you just reset it's middle of the day.
[00:17:06] You've maybe got through all your emails. You're not quite sure where your intention needs to go next. And that's the point that at the point in time that you maybe hit that reset and do that little bit of meditation and that's okay.
[00:17:25] what's the thing that's always been calling you then
[00:17:28] were there kind of clues and breadcrumbs leading up throughout your career to give you an indication of actually, this is what you're supposed to be doing
Wendi: [00:17:36] Well, not this specifically. But the clues
[00:18:07] And so just paying attention and looking back through life. But I did have a moment. I had a redefining moment when I was 13. So, I was 13 and I remember it like it was yesterday, goosebumps even talking about it. I was outside. I was in nature. I was by a tree and I got this insight that we're all connected.
[00:18:32] And that there's something bigger and greater. I have goosebumps talking about it right now, and that to look at the whole big picture, that life is different than it appears to be. As I had that insight
Beth: [00:19:05] Yeah. It’s like you can look at the dots backwards can’t, you but, you can't always see where you're going.
Wendi: [00:19:12] Is that even like before you send an email or before you make a phone call and the idea around just closing your eyes and be present for 10 seconds. Okay. Adding the timer on your phone, it's just being intentional about it.
[00:19:29] So that you can put your phone down and you can say for 10 seconds, I'm going to close my eyes. And I'm going to say, enter myself if we do that throughout the day, because we have these highs and lows, especially right now, we're in the midst of uncertainty. We have highs and lows, highs, and lows.
[00:19:46] So if we can more frequently meet these little teeny, weeny pauses, then the insights and intuitions, and we get more like connected to
Beth: [00:20:01] So when you were talking about the synchronicities, do you think the synchronicities are always there and it's just that we're not always in tune to receive them.
[00:20:10]So the synchronicities are always lining up for us, but sometimes we're just not, we're not open to see in that because we're not in alignment or do you think it's when we're in alignment that we see them?
Wendi: [00:20:21] They're always there and because we are energy and the different levels of vibration that depending on where we are vibrating, that's why if we are in flow, that's why children you know; they play in their imagination. It’s wide open and then they just can and it’s a free flow with things.
[00:20:42] So when we're painting or when we're walking outside of nature, we can tap into it.
[00:21:07] So you're going to be getting all those messages of a lack. Everywhere you look and that you're not enough and that you can buy something and that's going to help you fix it. But the more that we can just connect to our breath and things that are free and just allow that part of us to express we're raising our vibration.
[00:21:30] And so then I believe that the synchronicities than just, they reveal themselves to us.
Beth: [00:21:36] And I was watching one of your videos around visualisation. And you said when we're children, our imaginations go wild, we can be and do anything. And I think as children, we just don't have that whole baggage – we just believe and that's really powerful that sometimes we just need to be more
Wendi: [00:22:08] you visualize these things and then you just work backwards, you reverse engineer it, you see the outcome. And also, most importantly, the feeling. So, it's really key to feel the emotion like if you want to be a millionaire, it's like air to breathe in the ease around money.
[00:22:27] Now that
, you know, taking action and paying attention to your mindset you know, you may need to tweak. You know what you had been doing? Take a look at what you've done in the past and what you want to do in the future, but it's like errors more that you can get
Beth: [00:22:50] Love that. Okay. So, we all have kind of skills and experience, that we amass throughout our careers? and we don't always recognize them. Is there anything that you would say are your kind of key superpowers, your key strengths that you'd like to share?
Wendi: [00:23:07] the part that is inside of us, like I've developed this part because we all have it, the superpowers inside of each one of us, and we can develop it. It's to see the highest and best of ourselves. And maybe we don't see it at this exact moment, but we see it in the future so that we can see five years from now that we are confident energized, that we are healthy, that we are happy that we're in amazing relationships, that we are X, Y, Z in our business successful the way we see it.
[00:23:44] So the super power of being able to see first, the best in yourself, and to see that it is possible because you see that you're more than your physical body, that you see that you know, your potential and that you see it in others, that you can support that vision [and hold space for somebody else before they see it in themselves, that when two or more minds are Oh, waned in believing in somebody else.
[00:24:12] And then helping to lift them up by your words, and by being a good listener and helping somebody get unstuck areas where they don't see it for themselves. So,
Beth: [00:24:33] I love that. Yeah. How we can just raise each other open, just empower each of us to move on.
[00:24:39] As an entrepreneur then; you've had five books. You've created products and services. You're coaching, you're doing events. What's your kind of platform of choice and what has helped you in
MARKETING AND PLATFORM OF CHOICE
Wendi: [00:24:53] Well, I like to say that done is better than perfect. And I've applied that from the beginning. So, the videos. Years ago, like they make me cringe, but I put them out there and especially because then it leaves a trail for someone to see where you can be and get a little bit better
[00:25:11] And that 10,000 hours
[00:25:37] I love YouTube and I'm going to tell you why I love YouTube. I love it for podcasting. I just love it as a platform to train yourself because when you film yourself, Although, I know we're very critical of ourselves. We can look at ourselves and
[00:25:58] So if you were, let's say an athlete, you'd watch over and over again. And you'd watch
Beth: [00:26:45] Yeah, and yes, so you're doing podcasts and you're doing videos and I think that's cause some people do podcasts just for the audio, so I love that you're doing both. I haven't quite got there yet. I aspire to be like you
Wendi: [00:26:58] And I aspire to be like you, I have to say it like everything. Everything is ebb and flow in an energy exchange. That you so boldly have stepped into
[00:27:18] And that's what you represent. And I'm inspired by you.
Beth: [00:27:22] Thank you. I think that's really important. Isn't it? That we can learn from. Anybody and everybody in our lives in whatever way, so what do you visualize for you
Wendi: [00:27:31] well, I have been visualizing it. So, what that looks like, and I'm looking. At it from a ten-year point of view to give the university a lot of time to create it's magic because the universe doesn't like to be rushed. It's like saying I'm going to meet my next husband in
[00:27:54] And so the whole idea around how does you want to feel? So how do I want to feel for the next 10 years? I want to feel. Healthy and energized, and I want to be really active and I want to be adventurous and I want to have rich, beautiful light experiences and to be surrounded by people that I love, family, friends, clients that I absolutely love working with people from around the world.
[00:28:29] Globally from all walks of life, all nationalities. I see the next 10 years of being growth at the highest level and being energized around that to meet and be with the most extraordinary people that are heart-centered that are movers and shakers, and that are strong and resilient and just very humble.
[00:28:57] So I see that for the next one, 10 years, I see impact making a difference. I see spending time with my children and grandchildren and even more grandchildren. I'm putting that out there,
[00:29:25] And then I'm going to be in trust. So that is what I see as the vision. And I do really believe that these very difficult
[00:29:50] And then I believe that this is our break down to break through in the world and that we're going to get to the other side of this. And we are going to look at this, our greatest growth spurt of our lives. So that's what I see. And I don't only see that vision for myself. I see that vision for so many others for our listeners, for those that are watching for you.
[00:30:15] I see that for so many others.
Beth: [00:30:18] Just the, the size of the vision. You can see that you've spent so much time visualizing that from all the different aspects of it, with all the feelings and all the emotions on all the facets of your life, not just the business, but for your family and health and everything.
[00:30:32] And I think that's what. I'd like to encourage more people to do is that don't just look at, I want this man, or I want to make this sale. It's about the whole picture and how that all fits and weave together. And you're right this time, we'll look back on 2020, which has been a ridiculously crazy time for so many people, but it has reset the book.
[00:30:56] It has made people think about what. I don't and what I do want in our lives. And I think it is a really positive time to take that time, to think about the future and what you actually do want to be visualize and create in your life. So, I'm with you on all of those sentiments. So, thank you very much for that.
[00:31:20] That was such a fascinating conversation. Where can people find out more about some of your products and services and things that you do? Tell us a little bit about those and where can we just find out more about you online.
Wendi: [00:31:30] Well online on my website, which is a Wendi. I actually got married. So, I married my soulmate a year and a half ago, so I actually am transitioning but right now it's, it's WendiBWeiss.com Or wendiblum.com they both, get you there. And that’s probably the best place to find me.
[00:31:52] There are videos, my free complimentary book on creating a crazy good life, even in the midst of uncertainty, to download your complimentary copy and other forward to connecting with everyone?
Beth: [00:32:08] Lovely. And I'll put all the details in the show notes for today's podcast as well. So, thank you very much for joining that's today.
Wendi: [00:32:14] Thank you so much for having me.
Beth: [00:32:16] You’re welcome.