JOHANNESBURG, SA – International Speaker, Dawn Cady spoke to an audience of over 800 business owners at Mega Business; one of South Africa’s biggest business events hosted by JT Foxx, the world’s #1 wealth & business coach. According to the Pain Relief psychotherapist, while strategy and sales are important to drive the success of any business, most entrepreneurs fail and give up too soon, because of stress, anxiety, and depression. The good news is, Dawn is an Award-Winning & qualified professional and has shared some tips to help you on your journey.
Meet Dawn Cady, Australia’s No.1 Pain Relief Expert
Dawn has dedicated the past 15 years to find a “better way” to healing chronic pain and mental illnesses. Not only is she formally qualified in Psychotherapy, Coaching, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming, to name a few, Dawn also healed herself from a wheelchair to walking again. After “traditional” medicine and healing methods failed her for over 30 years, living with debilitating pain.
As a result, Dawn created The Neural Alignment Method™ a remarkable combination of the world’s best healing and mindset techniques to help chronic pain and mental health sufferers. Dawn Cady is the Founder of Alleviate Pain, a business that focuses on restoring freedom, movement, clarity and pleasure back into the lives of people who suffer and have no permanent solution.
We had the pleasure of getting to know Dawn a bit better so she could share some more of her healing and coaching secrets with you fabulous ladies. But before that, here is a special recap of Dawn’s stage Talk at Mega Business.
Entrepreneurs, minimize your stress, Pronto!
In South Africa, it was important to me to reach the audience about what’s going on for them regarding pain, whether it be physical or emotional, and the suffering that goes along with it. There is usually an underlying cause, but the first layer is stress. We need to dig past this layer to understand the real reason the body thinks it’s in danger.
When we don’t live in the present, especially when we dwell in the past and regret things we did or didn’t do, we are living in a place of reflection – but not the kind that has a positive impact on the body. This is a reflection of self-doubt, of feeling “I’m not good enough,” and it creates a traumatic experience in the body.
The mind and body react the same whether you are actually experiencing a particular moment again or not. Thoughts create physical stress in the body, which then produces chemicals that promote a toxic environment. This gives rise to a pain cycle in which we actually become addicted to stress.
The body can’t repair and heal if it thinks it’s in constant danger…leading to pain (back, neck, headaches, etc.), disease, depression, and PTSD.
The impact of this is not just illness, it’s generating an epidemic…over 20 countries have at least a quarter of their population suffering from chronic pain. Western medicine is good at keeping us alive, but not helping us live and thrive. Painkillers don’t work in the long run if you’re dealing with emotional issues.
It is my hope that the event participants now realize they most likely know someone who suffers from this invisible illness, maybe even themselves. Awareness brings about peace of mind, there is no fear of the unknown when you understand why you’re having these problems.
Exclusive Q&A with Dawn, more on How To Heal Yourself
Why is educating business owners about the effects of stress so important to you?
There are many businesses out there that are dedicated to improving people’s lives in so many different ways. However, if the sufferers of chronic pain, nervous breakdowns and disease are not educated on WHY these exist in their bodies, – it will stop them from fulfilling their purpose. There isn’t much you can get done efficiently when you can’t move around as you wish or lack mental clarity and focus.
My own experience allows me to help them understand how to work with their body, not against it. By knowing how to communicate with your body, you can help it be the best possible servant to you, instead of bringing you down.
The world is changing…making money is only part of why people go into business, the rest is about improving lifestyles (their own as well as others). It is important for all of us to get out there and share the message we bring that others need to hear.
2. What inspired you to get into healing-based work?
It happened to me too…when western medicine abandoned me, telling me there was nothing else that could be done for my debilitating pain, I was devastated and desperate.
I did not know about healing work, what some people call woo-woo (alternative medicine), but I knew I couldn’t live the way I had been any longer. It really hit home when I started contemplating suicide. Since I was house-bound, I knew my young son would be the one to find me.
As a mother, I couldn’t let that happen, so I prayed to God in earnest “please help me.” Soon afterward, I became aware of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), then went on to learn about 17 other modalities (methods of therapy).
Since I have fully experienced what pain and suffering can do, I felt I had to get this message to as many people as possible – what if someone else actually chose suicide because they couldn’t see any other way out?
The impact will extend to future generations – once you know what I am sharing, you will teach others, especially your children, who will teach their children. Which is critically important to me as a mother.
3. What are the most critical obstacles women face in business that you resolve?
There are many obstacles women face in business today, some of which are external, for example, lack of equal opportunity or funding. The ones that I resolve are a critical mindset and emotional issues. When these two issues are balanced, women gain control over their lives and businesses.
I am talking about anxiety, stress, lack of motivation, low self-esteem and self-worth, ignoring or distrusting their own intuition. As well as other similar struggles, that may manifest differently in different women.
For instance, It is remarkable how stress drops away when someone has the deep realization that they have been a slave to what happened to them as a young person, not understanding that influential people in their lives were doing the best they could with what they knew. The essence of what I do is I can see the true core and not just the noise around it.
4. How have the challenges you’ve been through as a woman in business shaped you?
The biggest takeaway from all the challenges I’ve been through in business, and in life, is this: the major lesson women in business have to face is that there is a virtual mirror magnifying and reflecting to you all your faults, and due to centuries of repression we have had a harder slog than men to rise and be successful.
It’s especially hard to be successful if you can’t own what you’re good at. This was a huge challenge for me in business, and it took a long time to stand in the truth – and own – I am expert and I’m incredible at what I do. Give yourself permission to own your greatness, as in this you will change lives!
Remember you have had to experience challenges to gain your knowledge; help others learn from your trials and tribulations. And understand that NOT sharing your wisdom and knowledge is actually selfish. This was a huge shift for me as well, but it’s the truth.
5. What advice can you share with women in business, related to chronic pain and stress?
Be aware of stress, it is sneaky, it disguises itself, and is sometimes hard to grasp, especially when you are living in it.
Many of you may be reading this and saying “I’m not stressed.” Let me share something with you as a woman who said this to herself quite convincingly: by the age of 36 I had been diagnosed with 3 autoimmune diseases, and had 2 nervous breakdown, PTSD, anxiety, depression, kidney failure (twice!) and 11 operations.
The signs were always there, but I never slowed down enough to see them. Most of us have been taught to ignore them because we don’t have the time or the knowledge to work with them.
Rest. Rejuvenate. Regenerate. This is the key to balance.
I want to finish by sharing a technique from my system called The Neural Alignment Method™ – please do this regularly, it can change your life.
Take 7 to 10 deep breaths; ask permission of your mind to speak to your body; ask your body “Am I stressed?” You will get an answer perhaps in the form of a feeling, a sensation. When you slow down enough to connect with your body, you will find how your body communicates with you.
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