What’s Your Hero Potential?

What’s Your Hero Potential?

Ever wish you had a super power? X-ray vision, perhaps? Or the ability to fly, be invisible or move at the speed of sound?

If only you had one of those (or any other awesome power) you’d could be the hero, right? You could save the day. You’d get so much stuff done. You could do, be, or have anything your precious heart desires. If only. But here you are. Plain ole’ you. Nothing special. Or so you say.

But you’d be wrong, because who you are (even if you don’t believe it) truly one of a kind, full of unique gifts, and talents.

In fact, who you are is so gosh darn full of Hero Potential that it’s downright scary. And the fact that it’s so scary is EXACTLY what’s keeping you from putting all your gifts and talents to full use.

I’m sure you’ve heard this before – We don’t fear failure, we fear success. (Crazy, huh?!?!)

It’s not that you can’t imagine how cool it would be to have that new career, satisfying relationship, or abundant lifestyle, but it’s that the bigger “Your Dream” Story, the bigger the “Yeah, But” Story shows up in resistance to that dream.

The problem is that you don’t recognize the resistance for what it is because resistance is tricky. It disguises itself in all sorts of way. Doing the “urgent” stuff, rather than the important stuff.  Clutter.  Watching cat videos on YouTube rather than following up on sales calls.  Eating junk food for comfort rather than what would truly nourish you (which at times, isn’t even food).

At its most powerful and insidious, it disguises itself as the voice of “truth” in your head that gets you to buy into the belief that you suck, you’re not good enough, and everything you do is crap.

Trust me, I know.  Every time I sit down to write, I hear that voice in my head say, “Give up! Nobody cares about what you have to say!!”

But here’s the thing.

Resistance (those “Yeah, But” voices and stories) are NEVER going to go away, and if you don’t develop a solid strategy for dealing with it, then your Hero potential is always going to stay exactly that … potential.

And that would be a crying shame because more than ever, THE WORLD NEEDS WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER. Your gifts and your talents, delivered in only the way YOU can deliver them to the folks that can only receive it from you.

So what to do?

  1. Go for whatever it is you desire because you’re passionate about it … because it pulls on you from deep in your being, not because you think you should. I guarantee you, the road is going to get rough, and if you’re not committed from your heart and/or your gut, those “Yeah, But” Stories will derail you every time.
  2. Take 100% responsibility for the stories you tell. All stories serve some purpose, so begin to recognize how the story you tell serves you. Too often, we tell stories where we’re the victim, and while it’s true that “we all have our scars to live with,” they don’t need to define you unless you give them that power.
  3. Decide what to pay attention to. Judgment and criticality is all about keeping you small and powerless. Wonder and curiosity is all about expansion and possibility. Which ones will you choose to embrace?
  4. Stop trying to do it all yourself. Even the Lone Ranger didn’t go it alone. Your Hero’s journey will attract many powerful Allies. Be open to whoever shows up and welcome whatever assistance they offer. If no one shows up, go look for help. Actively seek it. Get a coach, a mentor, or a sponsor because their guidance will be invaluable in getting you where you want to go.
  5. Believe in Magic. As the Mad Hatter said in Alice in Wonderland, “Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.” Be someone who believes.Be committed to the biggest “Dream Story” you can imagine but don’t be attached to how it’s supposed to show up. Make space for magic to occur.

 Why? Well, because within every “Dream Story” is an even bigger story that I call the “Unexpected Story.”  It’s what happened to Elizabeth Gilbert when she committed herself to the journey she wrote about in Eat, Pray, Love.  It’s what happened when Brené Brown decided to become really vulnerable and talk about shame. It’s what is in store for anyone who pushes the boundaries and beliefs of what they think is possible in order to make way for something truly extraordinary.

The Unexpected Story”  is the biggest version of what you when synchronicity, coincidence, and the Power that Creates Worlds all line up to assist you because of your commitment  to bringing forth your Hero Potential.

The truth is – you don’t need “super powers” to be a hero. You just need to show up. Do what’s important. Follow your Heart. Recognize there is always going to be resistance. Get help when you need it.  Embrace Wonder and Curiosity. Then just keep on going.

The world is waiting for you!

Shannon Presson, Copyright 2019


Shannon Presson’s passion is helping people truly reinvent themselves and the way they experience life. She works with clients to transform the old stories and limiting beliefs that have held them back for so long, into empowered ones that pave the way for what they truly desire.

She is a life coach, Master NLP practitioner, Certified Wealthy Mind™ trainer, and a Horse Dream Partner, teaching coaching skills through horse wisdom.

To learn more about Shannon Presson, visit her at www.shannonpresson.com










Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Idi Amin died in exile. King Richard III died for lack of a horse. Kenneth Lay wasn’t the only multimillionaire to die broke. On the other hand, Gandhi, Mozart, Queen Elizabeth I, Mother Teresa and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to live richly in memory all the days of humanity; during their lives they enjoyed the delight and satisfaction of living each day in pursuit of their life’s purpose. Rich, powerful tyrants who love money more than anything else end up surrounded by sycophants and body snatchers, while Gandhi, Simone Weil, Mother Teresa, and the others listed above had all their needs met and were fueled from the inside out, by fulfilling a powerful life mission every day.

There is a clear, under-reported trend here. Jerks end up broke. Really big jerks end up broke and exiled or dead, which is a poor way to plod through life. Creative people who work hard to make our world a more beautiful place are supported and have a lot of others invested in making sure their basic needs are met. Who is really rich here―the villains or the saints of our collective evolution?

You are a creator of our world. Your retirement dollars are invested in the corporations that define our existence. When you realize the power of your money and investments as tools to make you rich and to also enrich our world, you will start aligning yourself with other creative and motivated people who are invested in your success, the success of the companies you choose to support with your investment dollars and the world at large.

Being the CEO of Your Own Success

What does any of this have to do with trading stocks? Once you come to understand that you are, right now, the creator of your world—your home, your neighborhood, and by the money you invest in your retirement plan, even the world at large—you will start thinking like a rich person, instead of a victim. Victims fear money, worry about money, think that they are owed money, think they deserve money more than the next guy, and spend all their time gambling or trying to win the lottery, instead of embracing healthy money habits that lead to lasting wealth.

Too many people have fear around money. I call it “investing with stomach acid,” Instead of your intellect. When you trade with fear, the odds are that you will buy high and sell low. That is what fear does, even though it is the exact opposite thing that everyone knows―with their brain―to do.

Believing you have to make money fast before the world ends or the bank takes back your home is the kind of vulnerability that scam artists and shysters feed upon. When you secretly believe that you are going to lose money on your investments, you don’t drink in the education and research you need in order to make a successful purchase in the first place. When you make wise, informed investments in companies that you believe are creating the best products and services on the planet, then you believe that you are going to make a fortune in the markets, not that you are going to lose. When you invest in what you know and love, your wisdom as a shopper  and passion about the product immobilize fear, and that’s when you can really start making confident and correct choices that will pay off for you. You know how to place a value on what you own and are less likely to sell it on the cheap. Imagine now how it would feel to own Google at the Initial Public Offering (IPO). Or Microsoft. Or Suntech Power Holdings (a solar energy manufacturer). Or Starbucks. Or Toyota.

Become the Best You

Some authors make investing too complicated. Others make it too boring. Some have cookie-cutter investment strategies, like cutting out coffee or using fancy software, that frankly don’t work because no two people have the same talents, passions, goals, time or intelligence. I am asking you to think about the power of your money to transform and enrich your own life and the world at large and to apply my strategies to become the best you. My investment recipe works because you supply the ingredients. The Billionaire Game works because you decide what’s charity, what’s education, what’s fun and what to invest in, and the fact that you are invested in achieving your own success—instead of relying on someone else to do it or drowning in basic needs—is the fuel that drives prosperity.

Choosing Faith Over Fear

It’s not that hard to switch your thinking from fear that you’re going to lose everything to faith that you can become wise and rich. It’s not more time spent. If you think of all the time you spend worrying about money, you know that getting smart about investing is actually going to take less time. Becoming a successful investor who earns gains while you sleep doesn’t cost more than being a fear-based investor who loses money every time the economy hits a recession. It’s simply investing the same money you put in your 401(k) or IRA more effectively.

If you can shop, you can pick stocks. If you tithe, you can become a millionaire. If you can pick a great life partner, then you can select the second most important person in your life―your certified financial planner. If you know your age, then you know what percent of your retirement plan you should keep safe, i.e. not invested in stocks. Once you discover how the dollars you invest create our world, you can start investing in the products, goods and services that will make our planet a great place to live.

How would you live if you had all the money in the world? What companies would you invest in? The beauty of the stock market is that with very little money, you can create that life now. You can become not just a rich person and a great investor, but someone who does all that by putting her money where her heart is―by making love with money. When people start investing with heart and soul and wisdom, instead of fear, blind faith and greed, this world will become a very, very beautiful place. There is no end to the problems that can be solved when we move trillions out of the old industries of oil, gas and cigarettes and invest it in clean energy, goods and services that contribute to a healthy, sustainable world.

Make Love & Peace with Your Money

That is how I went from a Copper Miner’s Daughter to Wall Street Golden Girl; it’s how I went from Divorced and Desperate to my dream-come-true life. When you start investing in things that you know and love, instead of with fear and greed, your life will change immediately, and this world will become a much more beautiful place. A life like this increases in value every single day and becomes more valuable not just to you but to those around you as well.

This is an excerpt from Natalie Pace’s bestselling book Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.

Natalie Wynne Pace is an Advocate for Sustainability, Financial Literacy & Women’s Empowerment. She is the co-creator of the Earth Gratitude project and the author of the Amazon bestsellers The Gratitude Game, The ABCs of Money and Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is(aka You Vs. Wall Street in paperback). She has been ranked as a No. 1 stock picker, above over 835 A-list pundits, by an independent tracking agency (TipsTraders). The ABCs of Money remained at or near the #1 Investing Basics e-book on Amazon for over 3 years (in its vertical), with over 120,000 downloads and a mean 5-star ranking. The 2nd edition of The ABCs of Money was released in 2018.

To learn more about Natalie Pace and to access links to her books and to learn more about her 3-day Financial Empowerment Retreats, visit www.nataliepace.com




Prosperity or Riches? — That is the Question!

Prosperity or Riches? — That is the Question!

How is prosperity different than being rich? We are all very aware of people in the world who have more money than they will ever need, but they just can’t find happiness. In the media you see famous stars who are turning to drugs, alcohol, risky lifestyles, and some even leave this world much too early. Others are workaholics who make no time for family, friends, or self-care and end up ruining their health, so again, the money means nothing.

To be truly prosperous, one needs health, wealth and happiness; prosperity includes all three.

Think about the story, A Christmas Carol.  Scrooge was rich, but he was a miserable human being. The Ghost of Christmas Present, however, embodied prosperity! Think about your own life for a moment. What are you focused on? Are you struggling to make ends meet? Are you making time for yourself? Do you wake up each day in gratitude?  Are you present — living in the moment  — free of fear, resentment, or regret?  True prosperity incorporates money, with mind, body and spirit. It’s kind of exciting when you think about it!

I remember sitting with a long-time friend who has been a financial advisor for over 30 years.  Her clients were aging, and many were telling her how she had done such a great job helping them create more than enough wealth for their retirement, but it meant nothing to them because they were either very sick or had no one to share it with because they were now alone.  These folks might have felt wealthy, but not prosperous, because something was missing.

Money is neutral. It’s what we do with it and how we live our lives that creates a life worth living. This means addressing both the inner and outer work of wealth, so you can stay inspired and know what to focused on to live with health, wealth, and happiness.

This month’s guests will share how to develop your prosperity mindset and stand in your financial power. You will learn so many smart tips from these brilliant women, Maddy Dychtwald and Cyndie Silbert.  Remember, if you can’t join us live, you can always listen on-demand on your favorite platform such as iTunes, Spotify, iHeart Radio and so many more places.  Come join us and live with purpose, passion, and prosperity!


Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts.

To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Put Yourself at the Top of the List

Put Yourself at the Top of the List

When I was raising my daughters and working full time ten years ago, I did not make time for myself, and it cost me my health. In fact, I was so busy working long hours, leading events, driving kids to after-school activities, and caring for elderly parents, that I had forgotten to make time for myself. I thought I was superwoman, and it took a toll on me!

At 47, I had arthritis and I was overweight. I remember going all day at work without eating or even drinking a glass of water. At night, after taking care of everyone else, I’d pass out, only to get up and do it all over again the next day.

When my step-father had lung cancer, I knew something had to give. My arthritis had gotten so bad that I had to be pushed in a wheel chair while touring the retirement home for my parents that I was visiting.

I was done, and this was my wake-up call!

I know I’m not alone in my story. It often takes a big moment like our health to get our attention, but it doesn’t need to be this way. Why not add yourself to the top of the top of list today?

Because I had set up systems and a team so my business could run without me. I was able to sell my practice and retire financially free to follow my passion of helping women prepare for life’s unexpected and expected events, to create encore careers, and to set the stage for a joyful retirement.

Being prosperous and prepared is not just about money! What women are really looking for is happiness, vibrant health, and financial security. Prosperity includes all three. This is where the “self-care” comes in.

Please don’t wait until a crisis occurs. Start your self-care plan today.  I now spend my mornings working out. In the summer, I ride my bike on the nature trails and swim in the lake.  In the winter, I belong to a sports club where I have many wonderful female friends who are all over 60 – some in their 80s.  These ladies do yoga almost every day and look fabulous! I see how happy they are traveling and enjoying their lives. They are my inspiration to keep going!

I have also taken up Plein Air painting on Saturdays. This is where I meet other artists at one of our fabulous Michigan parks that is filled with wonderful lakes, lily pads, and amazing views. The key is that this type of paining incorporates all of your senses: sight, sound (like the sand cranes flying overhead), smell (like the most air at dusk), and I’m connected to Mother Earth – which is so grounding.  These artists do this year-round!

Create your own mind, body, and spirit self-care plan now!

To learn where to start, you can listen to our two fabulous interviews this month.  Chris Crowley, author of, Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond, will inspire and educate you on why it is important to exercise every day so you can take your vitality into your 80s and 90s.  Wait until you hear what he is doing in his 80s!

Acharya Shunya will be sharing tips from her book:  Ayurveda LIfestyle Wisdom:  A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy.

I believe these interviews will arm you with smart tips you can easily implement into YOUR life. Just give yourself permission to put yourself on the top of the list so you can live with purpose, passion and prosperity now and for the rest of your life!


Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books. She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit www.katanaabbott.com.

Engaging Others Can Create Clarity and Confidence

Engaging Others Can Create Clarity and Confidence

When you make your career all about you, whether it’s in a positive light or a negative one, you reduce your potential to grow.

Many leadership consultants will tell you that being a leader is about the ‘we’ and not the ‘me’ philosophy. Career success is no different. After all, you are the leader of you and your own career, but it’s not just the role you have in getting to the next level, it’s also the people you involve along the way.

If there was one attitude adjustment I needed earlier on in my corporate career and business, it’s that I didn’t have to have it all figured out. That I didn’t have to have each and every detail mapped out before I took any action. I’m sure there were other adjustments I required, many of them as a matter of fact, but this attitude really caused a lot of stress in my life. Because I was caught in this wicked cycle of not knowing what I didn’t know and not being able to figure it out, I became a champion of overthinking, ruminating, and self-doubt.

Does this sound familiar to you?

When you make it all about you, whether it’s in a positive light or a negative one, you reduce your potential to grow. You miss out on opportunities that can lift you and support you to your next level of career by not allowing anyone else to be a part of it.

Instead of isolating yourself, brainstorm with other smart, savvy business professionals and possibly uncover the very solution you need or perhaps one even better. When you feel uncertain of your direction, reach out and allow others to point out your talents and gifts. These are the things you are naturally good at but may not be sure how to utilize. They can help. If you’re procrastinating, others can hold you accountable for your goals. There’s nothing like making a commitment to get it done and the deadline’s tomorrow, for some great motivation.

Are you playing small in your career? The right mentor can encourage and advise you to reach for more.

Do you get excited about an idea only to have your negative self-talk go on a rampage until you’re talked right out of it again? Have conversations with people who have tried it. They can share what worked and what didn’t so you’re not reinventing the wheel.

Quit the overthinking and ruminating and get clear on what is really important to focus on so that you are getting the results you deserve, just make sure you’ve got other people along for the ride.

This article first appeared at Debbie’s website HERE.

Debbie Peterson helps professionals get extreme clarity on what it takes to create career success on their terms! As a business keynote speaker, author, trainer, and coach, she helps organizations fill their leadership pipeline with high potential talent that reaches for and realizes success by harnessing the power of their thoughts.

To Learn more about Debbie, go to Getting to Clarity.


‘Amazing Grace’ celebrates a legendary talent

‘Amazing Grace’ celebrates a legendary talent

“Amazing Grace” (1972 production, 2019 release). Cast: Aretha Franklin, Rev. James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton, the Southern California Community Choir, Cornell Dupree, Kenny Luper, Poncho Morales, Bernard Purnie, Chuck Rainey, Rev C.L. Franklin, Sydney Pollack, Clara Ward, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts. Directors:  Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack. Web site. Trailer.

Some things are worth waiting for until the time is right. In some cases, that may mean waiting for a very long time. But, when the wait involves seeing a legendary artist at the peak of her career, it’s possible to overlook the delay. So it is with the long-awaited release of the historic performance piece, “Amazing Grace.” (more…)

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