Nisha Moodley describes herself as a student of freedom.  While, she says, its easier to stay in your comfort zone and do nothing, Nisha’s own path has seen her shake off the shackles… and has created a business that encourages women, “change makers”, to do the same.  In this week’s interview Nisha shares her definition of success and her personal formula for turning her big, bold dreams into reality…

What is your title/position:

Nisha Moodley.  I’m the founder of Fierce Fabulous Free

What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today?  How did you get to where you are now?

After overcoming years of struggling with emotional eating, I feel a deep desire to help other women do the same. I decided to study nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and created a thriving practice helping women find freedom with food.

One day, a few years into my practice, I was really struggling in my marriage and in the midst of an argument with my then-husband (we’re now divorced), I threw up my hand and said “I don’t have time for this, I have work to do”.  As I sat down behind my laptop I had a painful realisation that I was using work the same way I had used food, to avoid uncomfortable emotions that I didn’t think i could handle.

I knew something had to change. Unless I was going to make my message about the virtues of being a burnt-out workaholic, I was going to have to change my life to align with my message of freedom.

What I discovered is, as my joy, satisfaction, pleasure and sense of purpose has expanded, I have been able to give and love and serve in a bigger way.[Tweet “”What I discovered is, as my joy, satisfaction, pleasure and sense of purpose has expanded, I have been able to give and love and serve in a bigger way” @AskNisha (via @emmagwillim)”]

I now support women entrepreneurs in stepping into the space of supportive sisterhood, so we can explore an expansion of our own freedom, aligning us to make a bigger difference in the world.

The world will be set free by women who are free.  Sisterhood is key.

Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.

My vision for the future is to live in a world where women take incredible care of one another and themselves, enabling us to make a bigger difference in the world.  My goal is to do my part to ensure that it becomes normal for women to experience their own self-worth and have supportive sisterhood in their lives.

I’ve got a few books in the works, and will continue to run my business in a way that feels really aligned with where I am in my life and the impact I want to make.

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What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality?  Where do you start?

The most effective tool that I’ve used is my Freedom Formula: Appreciation + Intention + Aligned Action

Here’s what it looks like:

Appreciation:

            – Write a gratitude list of everything you appreciate about your life now.

Intention:

            – Craft a detailed description of your vision.

            – Visualize what it will look, feel, smell, sound and taste like to “succeed” (I call this a Future Memory)

Aligned action:

            – Create momentum by taking an immediate action that takes fewer than three minutes.

            – Find support to create a plan of action.

            – Savor every step; if the process is pleasurable, you’ve already won!

How do you stay motivated and inspired?

I wake up every day and mediate on my “why” – the bigger vision I have for the world.  This grounds me in my mission, making all my daily actions worthwhile, even when they’re challenging.

I also give myself plenty of downtime to enjoy all that life has to offer, indulging in my hobbies and interests and taking plenty of time with my friends and family.

What has been your biggest lesson learned?

Oh, so many lessons.  I suppose the biggest lesson has been that when we focus 100% on our businesses, we sacrifice our relationships, health and feeling of being truly alive in the world.  When we nurture our lives, including our business, we have the stamina, energy and focus necessary to move mountains.  Life is happening now.

What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?

My biggest fears have all had to do with ‘haters’.  It’s still a challenge for me to stomach negative feedback, but I focus on the difference I’m here to make, and that makes it all worth it.  I remind myself that the more impact we’re making, the more public we are, the more attention we receive, both positive and negative.

What do you believe is the secret of your success?

While there’s plenty I’m still striving for, I love my life and feel thrilled with the work I’m doing.  To me, that’s what “successful” looks like.

The secret of my success is that I define how success feels, and choose to live that way now.  In this way, success is always available to me, and I am relaxed, calm and focused as I take my daily actions.

What 3 tips would you offer ambitious women reading this? 

1. Don’t be so ambitious that you forget to live.  Go for a walk everyday; smell flowers; throw dinner parties; travel with your girlfriends; read fiction.  It will only make you more able to rock your mission. 

2. Wake up every day and connect with your vision for a future where the thing you work so hard for, your “Why”, is solved.  See the world as you wish to see it when you take your last breath.  It will make all your daily actions worthwhile, and will keep you doing what it takes to see your dream come true.

3. Take care of the woman behind the business: you.  If you let your health and relationships fall apart, will it really be worth it?  Furthermore, will you be leading by example, walking your talk?  It’s time we step up and “be the change”.

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What book has most inspired you?

Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions came right on time for me, and completely changed the way I do business…for the better!

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