Pit Stop Day
EXTRAordinary Woman of the Week – Nancy Stampahar
You learn to have confidence or not, at an early age, from the people of influence around you. If confidence is your default programming, you will remain confident through all of your adversaries. At times when you are faced with challenges, your confidence barometer may be low, however, you will quickly use these challenges as stepping stones to move you in the direction you want to go.
When you have confidence in yourself, challenges become enablers, hurdles become opportunities, walls become doorways and lemons become sweet lemonade.
Our EXTRAordinary woman of the week Nancy Stampahar took the lemons that life gave her and used them to make sweet lemonade.
Nancy Stampahar is a nationally, sought-after organizational development consultant, trainer, and speaker, with a degree in human resource management. She is the author of the 2009 IPPY Award winning inspirational, personal-growth book, peace, love and lemonade: a recipe to make your life sweeter. Nancy owns and directs Silver Lining Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in adversity/change management, communication/conflict resolution, assertiveness/empowerment, leadership/supervisor development, fund raising/sales and team building.
Here’s Nancy’s story as told in her own words and prepare yourself to be enlightened and inspired.
I was born into inspiration. In 1963, when I was two years old, my mother decided to divorce her abusive husband after five years of marriage. In retaliation for this courageous act, my mother, my four-year-old intellectually-disabled brother and I were locked out of our row house, with some of our belongings scattered out on the lawn. That day, the lives of my family of three changed forever.
As my childhood evolved, I had a very difficult time feeling good about life, and more importantly, feeling good about myself. I felt damaged and thought that I was not worthy of having a good life. I could not cope with my hardships of being poor and living in a single-parent house with a “different” and limited sibling. When I was in my vulnerable teens, at the age of thirteen, I escaped my stress and pain with excessive partying, which included drugs and alcohol. First, I dropped out of life. Then, I dropped out of high school.
As my young adult life evolved into adulthood, I took steps forward and backward until I came into this great place of happiness and fulfillment. The steps I took represented the choices I made; some were wise and some were not. I eventually earned my college degree in human resource management and created my own organizational training and keynote speaking business to empower people to improve their work performances and live great lives. I learned firsthand how to go from nowhere to somewhere by watching my family’s ability to triumph over tough circumstances. I learned the power of choice. I learned how to make lemonade out of lemons. Every time I made lemonade, my confidence and success built. I was getting happy.
You can get happy too. Knowing who you are and what you want out of life; knowing what success means to you; knowing what your goals are; and knowing that you are going to achieve those goals regardless of what other people say, think or do is the essence of personal leadership.
Personal leadership also means “accountability”. It means that you have decided to embrace the talents that are unique to you and will develop them further to reach your potential and goals. You are committed to learning and growing. Once you have decided what you want, you must consciously and actively establish your strategies to achieve your vision. You perceive problems as challenges, failures as setbacks for great comebacks and each day, life becomes exciting, challenging and rewarding. You possess the kind of self-confidence that insures the successful outcome of any goal you set for yourself. You are free, in control and simply happy with your team, work and life. I invite you to discover your happiness potential by achieving what you really want in life.
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Thought Stimulator: All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune Henry David Thoreau