To SISU (From my Finnish heritage): “Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness and is held by Finns themselves to express their national character.” ~ Wikipedia
Sunday was a big day for me, after nine years building my worthiness platform, and meeting obstacle after obstacle in getting more online visibility.
My article on “6 Tips for Claiming Your Worthiness” appeared in Maria Shriver’s digital newspaper, The Sunday Paper, this weekend. I focused on getting my work in this digital newspaper because Maria’s messages are often aligned with my values and many of the coaching concepts I share with my clients.
Moving beyond all the naysayers who said I couldn’t receive her attention without a million social media followers, I surrounded myself with those who believed in my mission. I also dug deep to find the right connection and build a respectful relationship over time with the editor who presented my work to Maria.
I also intend to reach kids, young adults (and their parents) with this mission going forward–so they can avoid making poor choices personally or professionally from believing they are unworthy, not enough, or that they need to settle or play small. We are all meant to shine our greatness in our unique ways, and be valued for WHO we are, not necessarily what society or others think we “should” be.
Self-doubt, that tough inner critic, often kicks in just before we reach higher. I’ve learned in the process of growing a more worthy self how important it is to connect to the love within, and be with those who have the CAPACITY to cheer us on and celebrate when we reach a dream.
Many came through for this big leap of mine, including photographer Wanda Clayton, a true miracle worker. When I got the email at 5:11 p.m. Thursday to be exact, to have a specific type of photo ready the next day for this national publication, Wanda came through in ALL WAYS.
No time to find a makeup artist, she became one and created the natural, genuine look I wanted. She changed her schedule, came to my home, which was 45 minutes away, and took a slew of photos inside and out by the lake where I live—all of which involved a lot of different lighting challenges.
She also provided that special “women’s touch,” ensuring my authenticity and femininity were expressed (in addition to tucking in my shirt in all the right places, fixing my hair in the wind, and capturing “real” smiles).
I’m also immensely grateful for all the friends who stuck with me through some very hard times this past decade, and clients for their appreciation of my work as I guide their transformative journeys.
I hope this article inspires you or helps someone you know:
Gail Kauranen Jones is an intuitive coach, gifted wordsmith and inspiring teacher who has been leading others through transformation for more than twenty years. She is the author of two books, Cancer as a Love Story: Developing the Mindset for Living, and To Hell and Back…Healing Your Way through Transition. Both books were met with rave reviews on Amazon and elsewhere.
She recently appeared as a guest “worthiness coach” on CBS TV’s award-winning talk show The Doctors and on Sirius FM Radio. Her articles and “tips” on worthiness have also appeared several times in Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper.
She has taught many leading-edge workshops at top spas and wellness centers. She now leads Zoom group coaching programs and is a guest speaker at many related events.
Gail lives a passionate and simple life writing, hiking, connecting in meaningful ways, aligning in joyful collaboration and thriving in nature.