Badassery Magazine Issue 7 December - Page 15

FOREVER EVOLVING by Anna Anderson I s what I have done “impossible”? No. I am a firm believer that nothing is impossible! Are on lookers “awestruck”? I’ll leave that up to you, to me, it’s just what I do. Here I go. Taking a leap of faith. Taking my passion to the world in 1000 words or less. I live in China with my husband. I have two grown daughters. I dislike social media, selfies, putting myself in the spotlight. I dislike being vulnerable, finding my inner self and loving the real me, and yet HELLO this is the business I have chosen to be in. This is my passion. I am a success coach who works with amazing “normal” people, helping them to develop the confidence and courage to change their worlds. I teach them to become vulnerable, find their real self and create the life they deserve. I have been a business coach for over 10 years and, having moved countries, my business has morphed into more professional and personal development for those wanting to take their lives, relationships, careers and businesses to the next level. I am also a soft skills trainer, delivering my two passions, learning and communication, to groups of 6-500 people. And I am now living in China, where those who come to listen to me don’t even speak the same language as me. I am delivering my message to audiences who have minimal understanding of the concepts I am talking about, who struggle to understand my Kiwi accent, who have no real concept of life outside of their country. And yet I am so in awe of the people around me. They are open to new ideas, hungry for learning, passionate about wanting to create new opportunities for themselves. They dream of creating a better life for themselves and their families, with no real under- standing as to what that looks like. And, after being in this new country now for 4 years, I am evolving yet again, taking my business global and online. Over the past few months, I have been learning how to attack the scary INTERNET and take my message to the world. I have faced my fears and created a movement. I have created a group designed to build a network of like-minded women who come together to share their life experiences, learning from different cultures, different perspectives, and different ways of being. Within this group, I aim to widen the perspective of all kinds of women and to provide them with opportunities that many of us don’t even know exist! Which brings me to my topic for this post: Forever Evolving. In this day and age of fast paced technology, our world is becoming so much smaller. In my 30+ years in business, I have seen a major turn around from competition to co-operation and, now even more than ever, to collaboration. And I believe that collaboration is going to be the key to taking your business, and your life, forward into the future. There is just so much we can learn from each other! The beautiful thing about each of us is that our lives are not set in stone or predetermined. We are forever evolving. There are always choices in front of us, even if we cannot see them. We all have the ability to create our lives any way we choose and at any time we choose. Evolving means changing to fit a new environment, to meet new challenges that arise. We evolve to survive. And what better way to evolve than to be open to new ideas, new cultures, and new ways of thinking. 14