We had the good fortune of connecting with Dani Katz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dani, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
My daily meditation practice is probably my most helpful habit, as it allows me to cultivate some distance from the thoughts and emotions that move through me. I apply this spaciousness to all aspects of my life, and of course, to my Quantum Languaging practice and business. Starting the day with a mindfulness practice allows me to apply the accompanying detachment/neutrality to my thoughts and interactions throughout the day, while allowing me space to observe my own languaging patterns while I am communicating in real-time, which is the crux of my business. I am in the practice of taking 100% responsibility for my experience of reality. This means that if something pisses me off or rubs me the wrong way, instead of leaping to blame an external factor, I immediately go within to see where I can shift or adjust to make the situation feel better on my end. I hold myself to a strict no gossip policy, This is crucial when it comes to building and honoring relationships in the business realm. I don’t speak ill of others, nor do I hold space when other attempt to gossip to me. This allows me to meet people with a clean slate, and to allow our own authentic alchemy to present itself organically. It also feels good to hold myself in a state of integrity, wherein I don’t have to feel weird when connecting with certain people, because I haven’t been selling them down any proverbial rivers. Lastly, I am in the habit of encouraging others, and cheering on their successes. I go out of my way to celebrate my colleagues accomplishments, and to share word of them with others. I write positive testimonials and Yelp reviews for my colleagues whose work I admire and stand behind, and I go the distance to share word of their products and services with those I think can benefit.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Quantum Languaging Consultant, which means that I teach people how to create and transform reality with their words. One of my favorite areas of focus is in the realm of empowerment. There is nothing quite so gratifying as seeing the look on someone’s face when they get – I mean, really, truly GET – that they have been holding the keys to their own cage the whole time – that moment when they see their own bullshit, and they grok how they’ve been sabotaging themselves, and are finally resourced enough to make a different choice. Witnessing people empower themselves lights me up in the best of ways. I carved out my own professional path very organically, by following the bread crumbs, and saying yes to scary things like leading workshops, and speaking at conferences, and consulting with famous think tank big shots I thought were out of my league. By continuing to say yes, and take scary leaps into various unknowns, I seem to have paved a really fun, authentic, impactful career for myself. Was it easy? I guess that depends on how we’re defining easy. There have been plenty of hiccups and face plants and humiliations and misfires, but I have expanded my own definition of success to include these perceived hurdles as part of the journey. I write my own story, and so I have decided that every (perceived) failure is a quantum leap closer to my success, and that every No is one step closer to my bigger Yes. And so it is. I’d say the biggest lesson that I’ve learned is to stay true to myself, and to never compromise what I know in my heart and gut to be right for me. I had a deal with a publisher who – days before we were set to launch my book – said that I would only sell a few hundred copies, because books like mine don’t do very well. That didn’t sit right with me, so I pulled out of our contract, and decided to self-publish, because I didn’t feel comfortable partnering with someone who was already hampering me with limitations that didn’t jive with my own vision for my book and my path. I’m so glad I followed my gut, as my book ended up soaring to #23 on Amazon’s self-help book chart, and continues to sell like those proverbial hotcakes, while having a deep and meaningful impact on folks all over the world. As for what I want people to know about my brand and my story, it’s that every word matters, and that empowerment is way more fun than victimhood. Things don’t happen TO us, they happen FOR us. And once we really grasp that, and we choose to take responsibility for our lives, instead of victimizing ourselves to external forces and circumstances, then we are positioned to create our lives and our world as wonderfully as we want to.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d go for a tag-team float at Just Float in Pasadena, then we’d have lunch at Amara Kitchen in Highland Park, and then head up Mt. Washington to play Tarot and backgammon in the garden at the original Self Realization Fellowship.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh, wow. There are so many people and organizations who have been instrumental in my success. Justin Polgar of Yes Cacao has been an incredible support system for me, as has Ross Hamlin of Full Circle Guitar, and Richard Rudd and the Gene Keys community. Shaman Durek has been very supportive of my work, as has Charisse Landisse, Jay Levin and Guru Singh. Guru Jagat of Ra Ma Institute is a continuing source of inspiration for me. Robert Tennyson Stevens and R. Neville Johnston inspired me with their own languaging work.
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