Shannon Wallis is our featured guest today. You won't want to miss her story because each of you will relate in some way.
Shannon is currently quite successful as an author of the outstanding book "WE the Change: Launching Big Ideas and Creating New Realities." She is also a consultant and coach to high level leaders. But this hasn't always been her story. She describes her humble beginnings in a dysfunctional family living below the poverty line--that's why she believes change is truly possible.
In her book, and this episode, Shannon describes her pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile track across northern Spain. It's used as a metaphor for our life journey.
Some of my favorite quotes from her book:
"Dragons are found guarding the treasure, the bigger the dragon, the bigger the treasure...facing and fighting the dragons is required to complete the journey." And as Shannon describes in this episode, this dragon is often our inner critic who whispers in our ear that we are not worthy of the treasure.
As Shannon describes the most trying day in the pilgrimage, she relates a story of how we are never alone. We need to find the help and supporters that will keep us on track.
And then there's her husband Joe's famous advice that reverberates throughout the journey:
"It wouldn't be a pilgrimage if it weren't challenging." Meaning anything worth getting in life comes with a bit of a price and requires effort.
Here are a list of her recommended books:
"Your Lion Inside: Discover the Power Within and Live Your Fullest Life" by Kimberly Faith
"Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life" by Robert Fritz
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership" by Joseph Jaworski