This week on Voices of Courage, host Ken D. Foster is joined by Laura Di Franco, MPT, a 10-time author, third-degree black belt, the owner of Brave Healer Productions, and a champion of entrepreneurs who want to grow their health-based practices by sharing their brave words with the world, to discuss having the courage and awareness to make powerful choices that empower us to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Ken says today we will be talking about the things that we can control. We can control ourselves, our attitude, and how we are using our minds. What stops us from having the life we want? The predominant force is fear. Fear can provide a useful insight, but the chemicals of fear can actually shut down our immune response and affect our bodies in other negative ways.
Starting your day with joy and gratitude can combat fear. Thinking about what you’re grateful for every morning will flood your body with positive chemicals. Ken wrote the book Release Renew Evolve to help you release negative emotions. You can get the book for free at KenDFoster.com/Resources. He also has written the book The Courage to Change Everything, which can also be found at his website.
Ken welcomes guest Laura Di Franco, author and owner of Brave Healer Productions, a company based in holistic physical therapy. Ken asks what Laura’s life changing event was that caused her to get into her field. Laura said a woman was sending her messages asking for help with self care. She then wrote a blog post to give this woman tools to succeed, and was inspired to help others on a greater level.
Ken asks, what stops people from being able to master their mind? Laura responds that we are taught to think and act by others’ rules. We should instead be taught awareness, to stay in tune with ourselves and to do the right thing.
Laura talks about “body fullness” or being grounded and centered in your feeling senses. If you are unaware, you are constantly reacting instead of responding. If you are centered in yourself, you will have an ability to remain calm and respond. Awareness will help you actually have fun with your fears. Sometimes you have fear of doing something you really want to, and breaking through that feeling can be rewarding.
Ken asks, how important is purpose in business and life? Laura says purpose is the difference between an awesome life and one that is only mediocre. It is important to mind, body, and soul health. Even creating a day-to-day purpose can improve your mood and health. Making purpose personal, such as changing “I want to help people” to “I want to help a particular person” can make purpose feel sharper and stronger. A “noble” desire can be particularly powerful in terms of motivation.
Ken asks Laura about her formula for helping people to be courageous. Laura says you must work upon becoming comfortable with the fear that holds you back, and then taking action anyways. Gratitude and creating a purpose to help others will help you gain the courage to move past your fear. Ken asks Laura about overcoming impostor syndrome. Laura says it’s all been done before, but not by you. Your unique way of saying something is exactly how someone else needs to hear it. You were born, so you are worthy, and your message matters.
Ken asks, how do you know if you’re feeling unworthy? Laura says you must take responsibility for everything in your life. This means complete freedom for yourself. Look at the issues in your life and ask where can I change and develop? Get curious and ask yourself questions, and create answers from a broad perspective.
If you would like to learn more about Laura, visit BraveHealer.com or buy her books on Amazon.