Regular readers of my blog may recall how a couple of months ago I purchased a book called "Gulp!" by Gabriella Goddard. I explained how I had worked with Gabriella a year previously when I was a client of hers seeking to brand myself as "The Raw Food Coach" - but I wanted to do it right. So it's largely thanks to Gabriella that the look and feel of TRFC that you see today (and that's finally going live on my web site this weekend) exists, as she was brilliant at encouraging me to find my own authentic style and be 100% me through my brand. Yes it did mean binning a £1000 logo, but hey! Needless to say I'm very grateful for that advice as I now have a brand that is completely me, that feels very right and others seem to love too!
So after purchasing Gabriella's first book recently, which, incidentally has nothing to do with branding (!), I once again became one of her biggest fans! This time Gabriella's theme of being authentic is running through life itself, encouraging people to go for it with their biggest and boldest hopes, dreams and desires.
And I do have to say it: quite simply this book is brilliant - both in the way it is written and the way it has been all pulled together into a framework that really works! As such it's fantastically useful and an invaluable tool for anyone contemplating making changes in their life - big or small.
So it gives me great pleasure today to welcome Gabriella here to The Raw Food Coach blog at 10:30am, Friday 1st September 2006. This is one of a few stops Gabriella's making on her Gulp! Virtual Book Tour and it really is an honour to have her here with us. So welcome Gabriella :)
And seeing as many raw fooders are familiar with the concept of change - and often more than a little (!), I have decided to interview Gabriella on the ultimate shift - that of living your biggest dreams, so our subject today is "Making your dreams come true - and the consequences if you don’t!".
Let's see what Gabriella has to say...
KK: Gabriella – raw food is well known for its health-promoting properties and giving its eaters oodles more energy. I often find that people getting into raw food (myself included) have so much extra energy coming up that they often don’t know what to do with it or where to channel it! With this in mind, I thought I’d ask you for some tips to pass on to my readers about how to work with that energy and make dreams – big and small – come true, and what happens if you don’t.
So, thinking about all the people you’ve worked with over the years, have you noticed a pattern in clients who make big gulps? For instance do the big gulpers take better care of themselves generally and if so, how does this show up? And would you say that the bigger the gulp! the more important it is to take care of yourself?
GG: That’s such an interesting question and it’s really made me think. Yes, the people that make big gulps do take better care of themselves. In fact I think it is because they take care of their health that they actually think up the gulp in the first place. When you adopt a healthy eating and drinking regime, and when you regularly exercise your body, your brain is generally sharper and you think more clearly. This is because the blood that goes to your brain is well nourished and oxygenated. Plus it gives you more energy. So the combination of clearer thinking and higher energy levels mean that you’re more likely to “see” the gulp opportunity and have the oomph and enthusiasm to do something about it. But when it is a BIG gulp extra care is needed. It’s important to build regular periods of energy recovery and energy renewal so that you can maintain your energy levels, keep a clear head and stay strong within yourself. At times like this, periods of relaxation are extra important to help combat the adrenal response triggered by any additional stress.
KK: And what do you think is the biggest single fear that stops people pursuing their dreams?
GG: I think the biggest fear, Karen, is the fear of the “unknown”. When you step outside your comfort zone you are immediately stepping into new territory. This can be incredibly unnerving because your ego mind will instantly try and control things. But it won’t be able to because the landscape has changed. And what results is that feeling of being suspended in air without knowing exactly where you’re going to land and hoping like hell that there’ll be something solid fall on (!).
KK: And what’s the best antidote to that?
GG: The best way to deal with this is to build a strong inner core so that you can stay centred and “true” in any unnerving or chaotic situation. You can easily do this by spending at least 15 minutes a day doing breathing exercises, silencing the mind, listening to music or being in nature. This brings you into the present, and the only thing you can be sure of is what’s happening right here and now. With that thought comes a sense of inner peace and calm – that feeling that everything will turn out exactly as it’s meant to be.
KK: Very cool! So what would you say are the tell-tale signs that a gulp! moment is about to come on?
GG: I know from my old flatmate Gail, that as people adopt more of a raw food lifestyle, their energy changes. Like the food they are eating, it seems to become purer. So in the same way that your stomach might turn at the thought of eating a burger, coke and fries, so too will your body react when it is in a situation that is no longer serving your higher self. What I’m trying to say is that because your energy is purer, when things aren’t working in your relationships, your career or your life in general – it’ll will feel darn uncomfortable. You might get sick, you might lose your appetite, you might feel a little depressed, you might even have feelings of sadness. Listen to your body - it will tell you when enough is enough!
KK: I hear you : ) So what’s the best first step to take so that fear doesn’t strangle the dream before it even starts to grow?
GG: The best way to view fear is as a friend not as a foe. The way I look at fear is that when it crops up, there’s something for me to learn from the situation and there’s an opportunity for me to grow. I always have a choice – to step up to the challenge or shy away from it. So see fear as a road sign. Don’t focus on the sign itself, but rather look at the direction it’s calling you to go. And the best first step is to take one step forward, without being attached to the next one. Once you’ve done that, pause, breathe and then look around for the next best step. Above all, stay centred, believe in yourself and trust your instinct.
KK: And what, in your experience, are the consequences for people who refuse to gulp and don’t follow their dreams?
GG: I always feel so sad when I see someone with incredible potential sitting back and doing nothing about it because of fear. I’m sure you know someone like that. The same person is often jealous of other peoples’ successes, resentful of missed opportunities and guilty for not being better, stronger, more intelligent. These are all low vibration emotions and they simmer and fester. They give off negative vibes that no-one really wants to be around, and it becomes a vicious circle. Like attracts like, and they don’t attract the best opportunities. And that’s what happens and which is why it’s so sad. The world just doesn’t have to be this way at all.
KK: I agree, but fear is a biggie for so many people isn't it? It's something I've struggled with many times in my life, but thankfully I've managed to conquer it and keep on keepin' on! So, let's take things up a little higher! Gabriella, please would you share with us the most inspirational gulp! story you’ve come across so far….
GG: Oh gosh Karen, there are so many inspirational stories I could tell. I guess one that has really touched me recently is Maureen who has made a pledge for Gulp! Together Week. Her pledge is “to be able to put her feet down in the deep end of a swimming pool”. You can imagine that for someone who is afraid of water, this will be an incredible leap of faith. Not only to put her head in the water but to go to the part of the pool where she is literally out of her depth. I think this epitomises the inner trust that we need to step out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. I’m incredibly curious to see what gulp! Maureen will do after this momentous one!
KK: Wow - Go Maureen!! That's so great. The work you are doing is brilliant Gabriella, you must be so thrilled with how it's all playing out! ... So finally, if you could only give just one helpful tip to people pursuing their dream/s, what would it be?
GG: My best tip in any gulp situation is to ask yourself…. "If not now…when?"
KK: Fabulous! When indeed! Thanks so much Gabriella, it's been great speaking with you again, and thank you for sharing yourself with The Raw Food Coach Blog readers. I'm sure they'll all be rushing out to buy your book - or at least I hope they do, it's such great stuff! I'm still working with it myself - very powerful.
GG: Thanks Karen …and good luck everybody!
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Gabriella Goddard is the author of “Gulp!: The seven-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge” (Penguin, £7.99)
To find out more about the Gulp! Virtual Book Tour, visit www.gulpvbt.com
To buy a copy of Gulp! and download a free 30 page Gulp! eGuide, visit www.buygulp.com
And if you want to get started NOW, pledge your Gulp! challenge for Gulp! Together Week www.gulptogether.com