Mental Health, Parenting and Personal Growth

Our guest on this episode of Village Mama is Cherene Francis an International Television Host, Producer and Personal Branding Consultant who helps entrepreneurs craft their message and confidently market themselves through television, video & online marketing, so they can grow their following, attract more opportunities and get more clients.

Cherene’s superpower is Contagious Communication; the key ingredient that her clients use to inspire, influence and impact. She has formal education and experience in Personal Branding, Marketing, Image Development, Stage Performance, Religious Studies, and Philosophy.

She is also an Internationally Board Designated Institute and Trainer of Hypnosis, Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Master Practitioner of Time Line Therapy and Master NLP Coach.

When Cherene isn’t interviewing entrepreneurs on her television show, teaching in business circles, or serving at community churches, you can find her watching Netflix at home with her husband and two daughters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is open to working with you and your business.

Cherene is keeping it real with us in this episode about mental health, parenting and personal growth. We’re grateful to you for sharing your story mama!

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Change and comfort zones

Life is always changing and influx yet for some reason that seems to create a sense of anxiety in many people. Funny how I said people when that also includes me. I believe that a major part of our reaction towards change is because it means we’re leaving our comfort zones and embarking on unknown territory and that produces fear. The constant ‘what if’s’ become a mental loop, that then kicks us into fight or flight mode, where we either try to argue with our subconscious to get on board with this new thing or we get attacked by perfection paralysis and stay stuck. Neither option is ideal and rather than taking steps towards our transformation or the change we’re seeking, instead we often fly back to our comfort zones. It’s where we feel most at home, it’s where we feel safe; it’s where we feel competent and confident. However, it’s not allowing us to learn, stretch or grow into the person we’re hoping to be. If you’re tired of this struggle with your comfort zone and ready to make a shift, simply do these 3 things.

1.) Give yourself grace to know that this struggle is absolutely normal. Hit the pause button, sit with your journal and pen and write down 3 different experiences you’ve had in the past where you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and something great has come of it.

2.) Now write down 3 different experiences you’ve had in the past where you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone and while you didn’t get the intended result, you still learned something great.

3.) Give yourself permission to be someone who learns from their experiences and grows from them.

Remember, change doesn’t have to be scary, instead it can be the place where magic begins to happen for you. You’ll get to experience new things and expand your horizons. The more you change and grow, the more you’ll find your comfort zone expanding and the more you’ll feel a greater sense of competence and confidence. Are you ready to begin breaking out of your comfort zone and embracing change? If yes, just know, you’ve got this hon.
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Dream Big

Here’s the poem that I read in the video, it’s from John Maxwell’s book ’15 Invaluable laws of growth’. Hope it encourages you to dream big and take action to making your dreams into a reality!

If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily —
but for something that tugs at your heart
something that’s your dream.

You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig deep.

Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be days when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.
Those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

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