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Allison Graham: Become a Resiliency Ninja

Allison Graham shares her challenges as a business owner after a botched surgery left her with permanent nerve damage and the joy of becoming a “resiliency ninja”.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going” became a mantra for Allison Graham after she had a botched surgery that caused relentless nerve pain. Several surgeries and hundreds of doctor’s appointments later, Allison had to find a different way to deal with emotional, mental and financial challenges.

Tired of wearing a mask to hide her struggle, Allison learned to stop hiding what was going on inside, adapt her business model and create a new kind of freedom.

Allison’s story is remarkable, filled with hard-earned practical wisdom that she shares in her new book Married My Mom, Birthed A Dog.

Conversation highlights:

  • How her post surgery life gave her permission to let go of what she thought she had to do and build the life she really wanted.
  • Allison explains the Continuum of Challenges: the difference between stress, obstacles and adversity.
  • The ramifications of treating stress as adversity and adversity as stress takes you away from your power.
  • Do the emotional work. Life feels different when you’re operating from a place of joy.
  • Be creative to figure out what works for you.
  • Setting goals that are realistic in the face of rampant FOMO (fear of missing out).
  • How to recognize what FOMO feels like in your body.
  • Advice for big-hearted people who are seeking meaning and impact as you navigate the self help industry.
  • Allison describes what it was like to let go and find forgiveness.

Mentioned in this episode:

Visit Allison Graham’s website

Allison Graham’s book – Married My Mom, Birthed A Dog

Gay Hendricks’ book – The Big Leap

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