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Becoming a more effective Leader – an insider look into my journey with my new business coach and insights from our 2018 leadership retreat!

Have you ever been in a standstill with your business?

Have you ever questioned your position as a leader and where you are going next in your career? Have you ever stopped to think, what are the characteristics of a leader and if you are embodying that person or not?

This was me. I was at a stand-still in my business and had no idea where I was going next. From the outside, my life looked PERFECT but on the inside I was literally questioning everything. I was even questioning if I wanted to continue on the path that I am on now.

After ten years in my career, I knew I was due for an overhaul. What I was doing was not working anymore, and I was soon to realize it was because of my mindset. I needed to wake up and grow up — mentally and spiritually!

Let me take you on a journey of how I decided to get over myself and start becoming the better version of myself as a leader, mentor and business owner. In this blog, I am diving deep into why I decided to hire a coach and what our team took away at our leadership retreat this year. I hope this helps you overcome some of your greatest fears and decide that you’re worth living your best life!

2017 was the start of this journey.

There were two main events that were the catalyst to my transformational leadership journey this year.

  1. I hosted my first ever leadership retreat and it was a tremendous success!
  2. A few days after this retreat, I left to invest in a weekend with Tony Robbins at his Unleash The Power Within Conference.

It was at Tony’s event that I made the decision I would hire a business coach in 2018.

I was ready for the next level in my personal and professional life. I decided I needed a business mentor and clarity coach. I needed to dig deeper into what was holding me back from accomplishing more and making more money. I wanted to become a better leader for my team. I was ready for the next level in building the Kaye Dixon brand. So the biggest question popped into my head at this point: WHO? Who was going to be my coach? I had confidence in my desire and that the perfect person would come along by path.

I had been taking notice of my dear friend Jordan on Instagram. Something about her had totally switched — growth had occurred and I couldn’t quite pinpoint what the transition was. Then one day she made a post and explained herself. In her post she described her business mentor, giving acknowledgment to her and praising her for her guidance in her business. The entire post resonated with me and I immediately began social stalking her coach Aida Lawlor.

I was skeptical but curious. There are so many “business coaches” out there and I found it hard to trust them all, but this one felt different. This time I felt a connection. I entrusted that the universe was delivering what I was praying for.

I asked Jordan to connect Aida and I, and within a few days we had our first call. Twenty minutes into our initial meeting, I knew she was the coach for me!

Aida is a Certified Clarity Coach and Business Mentor for High Performing Female Entrepreneurs. She helps women up-level their business through intentional mindset, strategy and execution. Additionally, she is a wife, mama of two littles, a former corporate ladder devotee, direct sales success story, Speaker, International Coaching Federation member and big time lover of the entrepreneurial journey!

I decided to invest in her 90-day coaching program. This immersion course set me on the most incredible path in my business, unlocking untruths about myself I didn’t realize I was holding onto while also uncovering some of my greatest talents!

As it turns out, I wasn’t falling out of love with my career, I just had to fall back in love with the things I liked about it. When Aida and I started working together, I didn’t feel connected to my leadership and knew that feeling confident as a leader and showing up for my team was instrumental in the growth I deeply desired.

In planning my retreat this year, I knew I needed to step up and host one confidently on my own this time. No sideline team. Just me, my team and bring in the best of the best in coaching/mentorship in our industry of direct sales.

So, 14 of us joined together in our gorgeous city of Sarasota, Florida for a weekend of stepping forward into Faith Over Fear.

Our coaches for the weekend were my business coach Aida along with social media strategist Joel Caro. Over the course of this past year, Joel has been working with my mom, Pam Sowder, in the launch of her Podcast. With his wisdom and guidance, we were blessed enough that he stepped in as our social media coach for the weekend!

Joel has been involved in the digital space with a focus on social media for over 7 years. His experience is in strategy development and content creation in order to garner growth and brand loyalty. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2008 with a Bachelors of Science in Finance with plans to work on Wall st. Due to the employment climate in 2008, he decided to pave his own path by starting and running a successful online business in electronics. Noticing the evolution of marketing, he quickly began to offer his knowledge and experience to other businesses as well as individuals looking to grow their digital footprint. His client list includes, Paleo Passion Foods, Karuna Skin, Mike O’Hearn (Fitness Personality), Pam Sowder (Co-Founder of It Works Global) & Heath Evans (Former NFL Fullback). Each of these clients had different goals and Joel was able to deliver for all of them.

We walked away from the weekend with a clear and direct message from Joel: It’s common in the world of social media and network marketing to think that it’s all about sales, sales and more sales. However, that’s not true. In the industry of mlm, one of the key components today is to stand out among the hungry crowd. You cannot be a copy cat. You win by being the most authentic version of your self – the real you, the vulnerable you, the version that’s most relatable to your dream client. You must tell your story.

Joel says, “Be prepared to tell the story of your life through images and videos.” Share the intimate life moments, your newest discoveries, your favorite things, your opinions and your knowledge. Don’t hide behind your story because this story is what’s going to connect you with your dream client and it’s your dream client that you should always be talking to.

We were also blessed enough to have one full day with Aida, covering three very important topics: Money Mindset, Confidence/Visibility and Leadership.

We all have a money story, based on either our childhood/how we were raised or even based on recent life-experiences. If we don’t uncover new truths about our money mindset and start practicing what’s going to create abundance in our life, where do we expect to go? We have to get clear about it, set our intentions and be willing to write a new money story – one that is fun to manifest!

Once you have this down, you can begin to show up as the most confident and authentic version of yourself. You are no longer held back by fear of what others think, and instead are excited to show up and connect with your dream clients — and your dream clients only.

When you’re showing up as the best version of yourself, your leadership is on point. You are taking inspired action and leading by example. You’re able to connect with your team on a level they need for growth and manifestation. Additionally, you’re open to receiving. You’re coachable when you’re a leader. You realize you’re not the only one “at the top” – that you’re all in this together and just as much as they are learning from you – you are learning from them. I’ve learned to pay attention to who and what is my path and become extremely grateful for the reflection they are showing to me of myself, where I need growth, how far I have come and where I am going next!

This leadership retreat proved to me that I truly have a my dream team! The team we have today is the Black Diamond team. We are on the heels of our next big promotion and this year to come is going to be one of our best years to-date. 

I’d like to personally thank our team leaders for taking the giant leap to be here. I know it takes a village to make sure the kids are taken care of, your spouses are satisfied and your life is arranged so you can be fully present with your team, or simply for your self. I get it and I’m beyond grateful you came!

For those of you who took the time to share an ah-ha moment, thank you! Here’s what our team has to say about this remarkable weekend…

  • This Leadership retreat was incredible!! It not only opened my heart and mind to help me realize that there is more for me, but that I am capable of reaching the next level. Many bonds were formed and others just grew stronger! I am grateful I was able to experience some amazing breakthroughs as I continue to use what I learned to grow into the best version of myself and help others along the way!

  • This leadership retreat was something I will never forget. It was fun and impactful! It was incredible to be around women who wanted the same thing in life -which is MORE! We knocked down walls I didn’t even realize I had. My biggest take away from this was to be yourself. We always seem to give the highlight reel on social media and are always scared of offending others, when truth is you can’t live a perfect life, you can’t have everything together and that’s OKAY! Without this retreat I would still be stuck behind walls of why I’m not good enough or not knowing my strengths, but I found them there! I found what I’m made for, I found what I’m meant to do and that is to ultimately help others be able to live stress free!  

  • Being a leader can be pretty scary, because you have the responsibility of leading your team to become the best they can be. By attending our Faith Over Fear Leadership retreat, I did not have any expectations, because I did not personally know our speaker/coach, I just have seen some great results from another leader working with her.  But I’m pretty skeptical about coaches overall, because in today's world it feels like every 5th person is a business coach etc. But to tell you the truth, from the first few words of Aida’s presentation, her presence, and her energy won me over.  The exercises were so deep and emotional, digging deeper in the soul to discover the real meaning of being a leader. Working on mindset, the words we speak, how we talk, it blew me away, and I felt like a new person truly. And seeing fellow leaders change in front of your eyes, was truly magical. 


    After this amazing experience, what I took with me is that my voice is mine and I should use it. It’s OK for others not to get you, because they are not on your level yet or maybe never. Knowing that I am powerful and I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Manifesting what you want is very powerful, and we should not fear the things we are not comfortable with yet. 

  • My life will be forever be changed after our Faith Over Fear Leadership Retreat. I had so many breakthroughs, especially during the Money Mindset session. I never realized how my thoughts towards my relationship with money were so negative. Aida helped me see how powerful our thoughts are about every aspect in life. Now I am able to recognize those thoughts and manifest what I desire for myself, my family, my friends and my business. Thank you so much! I am forever grateful! 

    Heather J
    Heather J
  • Perfection... it was intimate and yet grand at the same time. When you gather with other leaders and have the privilege to share aha’s and break throughs it creates growth for everyone. The weekend was powerful and I’m so incredibly grateful to be part of this team. 

  • Leadership Retreat is a non-negotiable for me in my business! Every year gets better and better! 

    It’s such a powerful few days to process, let go of what doesn’t serve you and fill yourself up with so much information and motivation! 

    I come home feeling renewed and inspired! I’m so grateful for these retreats! Thank you Kaye! 

    Heather A
    Heather A
  • Leadership retreat 2018 was AMAZING!!! I’m so so thankful I was able to go. I had a bazillion light bulb moments and truly enjoyed the entire event. One of the best things we did was take ACTION. The workshops made us actually put into play what we had just learned and that’s powerful! One of the biggest takeaways for me was this; 

    If you’re feeling like, “I can’t see the (goal) paycheck with my business right now” then you’re stuck in the NOW. We don’t know HOW, we just have to focus on the goal and the how will work itself out. 

    Thank you Kaye for putting the event together! Everything from the Keto food to the personalized tanks was incredible! Can’t wait to see what you do next year!! 

  • The Faith Over Fear leadership retreat was life changing. It really expanded my money mindset.  For example, I never kept cash in my wallet. When someone would ask..I would say I never have cash. I don’t want to come from a place of lack or scarcity. I want to create abundance for myself. So you better bet I have cash in my wallet at all times now!  I really can have it all! Your self talk has a huge impact on what you are creating.  What you are saying to yourself is what you will manifest, good or bad!  I can create my dream clients, my dream team, and my dream life. There is so much more..this just is a fraction of what I took home with me to help me in life and in my business.  I would love to thank Kaye for putting together such a phenomenal retreat for us to grow and stretch ourselves!  I am so excited to see my business soar!  

  • The leadership retreat changed my life so much in just a few days! I realized a lot has been holding me back from reaching the next level and I have to show up as me everyday. A ton of break throughs happened which makes me super excited to see what keeps unfolding in my life. 

  • Absolutely forever changed my life!!

    I encountered so many breakthroughs during that weekend!! The money mindset discussion led me to begin using a long flat gold wallet (which obviously I fell in love with) that lays my money flat!! I am able to see it, respect it and feel endless gratefulness for receiving it daily!!! As soon as I returned from the trip I knew I needed to clean house: both literally (in my closet) and emotionally!!! I’ve been in this business for over five and a half years and most of my wardrobe consists of work out gear; I was not paying the respect it deserves. I began to organize my closet and gave it love and respect! It definitely set the tone in my appearance and I then decided to get rid of everything I didn’t love in order to welcome all the things I do love and also make room for them. Every Monday I write down my goals for the week.  I speak into existence what I want in my business, how much keto cash I want to create for the week, and all the calls come in.  I am also asking away and assuming the sale. During the Faith Over Fear retreat, I realized I was not being my truest self and came to the clear realization that I was living a secret life by not disclosing to my friends on social media that I had gone back to work two years ago. So as soon as I returned, I did exactly that, I went live and shared with the world my truest self!!!

    The truth is I feel free and I know nothing is holding me back anymore!!

    Thank you Kaye and thank you Aida for allowing this transformation in my life to take place!!

    Forever grateful  

    Edyth Flores Barahona
    Edyth Flores Barahona
  • I came away with so much more than expected from the Faith over Fear retreat. I originally thought I would just be part of a 2-3 hour presentation that I created and answer some questions. The experience was the total opposite. It was 2 days filled with stories of struggle, inspiration and courage. Every person in the room had a different story but had one thing in common. They all wanted to succeed……together! Experiencing this camaraderie inspired me to improve my presentation just a little bit so everyone could get the most out of it. Instead of “teaching” I made it a guided conversation with slides so we could really connect on what they wanted to learn. This simple change turned a good presentation into a great presentation that kept everyone, including those skeptical of social media, engaged.

    I arrived that Friday afternoon as just someone that had a scheduled presentation but left Tuesday inspired and connected to so many amazing souls. To this day, I see posts pop up from some of the people that attended the retreat and the reward I feel from seeing them implement what they learned is priceless. 

  • The Faith over Fear retreat was such a beautiful experience, as a Clarity Coach and Business Mentor I have the honor and privilege of accompanying women along their Entrepreneurial Journey. As a close confidant, I am pulled into the social fabric of my client’s lives, as their personal life and business story weave in and out of each other on a daily basis. I become invested in my clients, and their results. It is just the nature of what I do.  The Retreat was originally created as a full day of Inspiration, but we dug deep, and then we dug deeper. I found myself so lit up by the men and women who showed up both spiritually and emotionally. 

    We cried. We slayed. We claimed. We owned. 

    As Entrepreneurs we live in the ebbs and flows of failure and success, and the retreat reminded me that I never want to to do anything other than this. I was born to Guide, Lead and Mentor. I am so grateful to have been in the presence of such inspirational people, from all walks of life, each with so much magic to share. I was there to fill their cup, but frankly I left with mine overflowing.  

    The Entrepreneurial journey is a fickle one, but when in doubt listen closely to your heart for guidance, she will never steer you wrong.  

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