214 MINISODE Diane Forster: Empowering 1 Billion Women
Diane Forster reinvented her own life, escaping a corporate job and a bad marriage to become an award-winning inventor, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. Diane describes herself as an Intentional Living Expert, and her company, I HAVE TODAY, helps women step into the “power of now” and live fearlessly and intentionally through all of life's transitions.
Melinda Wittstock: Diane, welcome to Wings.
Diane Forster: Hey, Melinda. I am so happy to be here.
Melinda Wittstock: I am so excited to have you on as well. Really looking forward to this. And what's inspiring you right now?
Diane Forster: What's inspiring me? More and more lately, I have noticed the connection I have being more and more in tune with my feminine energy and my intuition and my psychic abilities, and I really feel this major shift happening within my business because of it. I'm attracting clients like that as well, that the status quo, the way they've been doing things, isn't really working for them anymore, and they're stretching to reach their highest, greatest potential. It's really fun and really inspiring watching all of this not only unfold for myself, but watching it unfold with other women as well, and I just see it everywhere. I see them releasing limiting beliefs and letting go of their pasts, and really living more fearlessly in their power, so it's just, it's been awesome. I love it. It's inspiring me so much.
Melinda Wittstock: Me too. It's amazing how much just all of a sudden these things that used to be ‘woo woo’ or way out there are just the norm.
Diane Forster: Right, right. It's so true, and there is a shift, you hear it all the time, that's shifting more to the feminine energy. There's all this disruption going on too, and we have to know that there's something much bigger going on here than just meets the eye, so it is definitely more accepted that there is more at play here. Sixth sense is a real thing. Tune in to that, connect with self first, and to really trust that, so I totally agree. I love it.
Melinda Wittstock: Beautiful. As entrepreneurs though, we all have our challenges, and part of my mission is to demystify that, because so many women toil in perfectionism. We don't really reveal to the world our fail moments or our challenges. What are some of yours?
Diane Forster: Oh my gosh. I will say this right now. I don't believe in mistakes. I have changed that word into lessons along the way, because I really think that those are teaching moments, but I will tell you I've had more teaching moments and lessons along the way than I've had successes, so I think the frustration is as a woman, as a creator, as a Type A personality, as a doer. I tend to think I can do more than I actually can. I think things are going to take a quarter amount of time than they actually do.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh gosh, I'm sorry I'm laughing so hard, because you're describing me, so that's so funny.
Diane Forster: Right, and it's really true. It's epidemic with we female entrepreneurs and we high achievers, and so that has certainly been a frustration for me, and learning to let go more has been something that serves me more, but it is a frustration. I will tell you it's a challenge I deal with every day.
Diane Forster: I have three coaches, I have three different mastermind groups, and I'm around a lot of female entrepreneurs, my clients and then the community, and I see it over and over again. I'm seeing stressed out, burn out, adrenal fatigue, all kinds of issues that are coming up because they're taking on so much more than we need to, so that is frustration within myself, but I'm frustrated for women in general on that, so I think we really do need to create awareness about this, and nurture ourselves and provide more self love and self care to ourselves and to other women, and grant ourselves the permission to have that.
Melinda Wittstock: Oh my goodness, this is so important, and what a beautiful segue into your top three pieces of advice for women in business and female founders and entrepreneurs.
Diane Forster: Don't be afraid to do something, that they are not mistakes or failures, they're truly lessons along the way. I want to emphasize that point again. That's such a big thing. Don't feel fear around making a mistake. I'm telling you right now you're going to make mistakes. We all do. It's like the child learning to walk. You start out crawling and you fall, and then you can get up and stand, and then you fall, and then you start to walk, and you fall, and that is the essence and nature of life. That's just the evolution of it, so don't be afraid to try something.
The other thing is to be decisive. Please be decisive. Make a decision. Even if it's not the right decision, the procrastination will prolong the success of whatever it is you're doing in your business and in your life, so make a decision, and the beautiful thing about making a decision is if it's not the right one, you can always make another decision, so be decisive and then ask yourself … I teach about being selfish in a really good way, “Would I want to work for me and why?” That'll help get you really clear about your authenticity in what you're doing and how you're serving and what your purpose is. “Would I want to work with me, and why?” And I just love that. I ask myself that question a lot when I'm writing, when I'm creating products, when I'm clipping things together, so those are the top three.
Melinda Wittstock: Beautiful. Diane, how can people find you and work with you?
Diane Forster: They can go to my website at dianeforster.com. It's D-I-A-N-E-F-O-R-S-T-E-R. I have tons of resources on there, and I'd love to help you out. You can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I do complementary strategy sessions. I've got all sorts of bonuses. I've got a 10 Days To Your Passion And Purpose program running right now for $10, and that's a great entryway to learn a little bit more about me, but most importantly learn more about you, so that's what I would suggest.
Melinda Wittstock: We all fly higher when we're in alignment with that passion and purpose and our true authentic selves, so thank you so much for putting on your Wings today and flying with us.
Diane Forster: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.