Smart Women, Dorothy, and the Yellow Brick Road

A few days ago, I was watching "The Wizard of Oz" with my 7-year-old daughter Jenna, and at one point she asked a question; "Mommy do you think that Dorothy and her friends will ever get to the Wizard of Oz"? My reply? "Yes, Jenna, I think they will get there. They have a lot of challenges along the way, but I feel certain they will make it." Smart Women know that sometimes the road (whether it's Yellow, brick, or a path less traveled) to getting what you truly want in life is not paved in an easy to follow straight line.

When I started my business over 5 years ago, I could see the beginning of the path that I was about to take and that was about it. I had some support at the beginning of my journey; however, I realized pretty quickly that I needed even more support and new ways of thinking as I traveled. I began to learn from women about their wants and needs and how I could help them. I learned what they were passionate about and what they wanted to bring into the world as their special gift. Dorothy started out with Toto and as she made her journey down the Yellow Brick Road, she found some friends who could support her along the way and she was able to support them as well. Dorothy met the Lion who wanted to achieve courage, the Tin Man who had a desire for a heart, and the Scarecrow who longed for wisdom.

How about you? Are you standing at the beginning of a road that leads to something you desire but can't seem to take that step forward in the journey? I was hesitant at first 5 years ago when I started my journey. I kept asking myself, "What if it doesn't work?" "What if I fail?" As you may recall, Dorothy was a little scared as well. It's not easy to take an unfamiliar road -even if you're pretty sure that at the end you'll find the answers to get what you want and deserve in life. But here's what I know for sure: When the desire is there, the how-to will come.

Here are some tips and solutions that I've used during my own journey, (Dorothy too!), and I believe they can help you as well:

You're Not in Kansas Anymore - acknowledge that you are about to begin a new, exciting journey in your life. This is certainly where I am right now. I was standing at the kitchen sink the other day gazing out the window and I realized that my life and business are going to the next level. It's both exciting and scary at the same time. I know that I need more support and resources now that I'm getting ready to travel into unfamiliar territory.

Find Your Own Good Witch - Seek out someone who's in your corner. Someone who wants to see you succeed in whatever it is you desire. Having a coach or mentor who can ask you the important questions and help you navigate your journey along the way is essential. Who knows if Dorothy would have ever gotten out of .....if she hadn't had the Good Witch of the North guiding her along the way.

Pack some Confidence, Courage, and Wisdom for your journey - Confidence and Courage are two key items to have with you at all times. If you're feeling like you don't have enough, (I've felt this way many times), make sure you invite people to come along on your journey who seem to always bring out these qualities in you. It's much easier when you are surrounded by people who champion you; people who think you hung the moon. Wisdom is also important. Surround yourself with wise people who can help you navigate troubled waters along the way.

For me, the best part of the story is at the end, when Dorothy and her courageous, heart-felt, and wise friends realize that everything they wanted, deserved, and desired was with them all the time. All they had to do was look within to see they already possessed what they were looking for.........and you can too!



Joy Chudacoff is the founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions®, a Professional Certified Coach and Motivational Speaker. A highly skilled group leader and business consultant, Joy has helped scores of women design the lives they choose to live. Helping women realize and achieve better ways of living is her passion, her purpose, and her business. As a wife and mother of two, Joy understands there is more to life than one's career. Like many women who are drawn to entrepreneurship, she inhabits ...

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