We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
The habit of “each day a little” has helped me succeed in growing a thriving practice as well as thriving in life. Progress can be very motivational and give hope. To be able to ‘eat an elephant one bite at a time’ is a great way to look at big things that may feel overwhelming in the moment and make them actionable. Nothing great was created instantly, so every day to do a little bit of the right things helps build momentum. Then you wake up one day and realize that tiny little start has become something to be reckoned with. Try this in your business, your exercise regimen, your personal habits, your finances, your relationships, anything really.
Another habit which has really helped me is the habit of perseverance. That might be more of a stance or a character trait, but I also like to see it as a habit. If you have a habit of persevering, or knowing when to keep going, you outlast a lot of other people who quit along the way. Of course things get hard from time to time; that is often when people give up and throw in the towel. One of the greatest lessons I learned in the military was when our higher-ups would just say up front, “This is going to be hard.” No sugar-coating. That gave us realistic expectations. I often think people are surprised when things get hard. I think of it as my 5th gear: time to take a deep breath and kick it into Perseverance Gear.
Another habit is the habit of connection. There is a reason that solitary confinement is a punishment. Authors Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend have really helped me to see that connection is like oxygen. You need it. Period. The military was also helpful in cementing this habit. Most everything we did, we did as a team in some capacity. We built life-long relationships. That sense that other people are in it with you and having people to reach out to has been one of the greatest success factors in my life.
Lastly, I’d say the habit of believing things will work out for my good has helped me to succeed. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we think they will or even how we think they should; but deep down, I believe things will work out in the end. That gives me a different perspective on things when my plan goes from Plan A to Plan B or even Plan K. I believe that I’ll figure it out, find a way, find someone who can help me, etc even when I have to start over or go a different direction.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love what I do. There are lots of wonderful executive coaches out there. I believe I get results for my clients through a combination of the Cloud/Townsend Growth Model that I use, emotional intelligence and my belief that success comes both with Results and Relationships. Some people are only focused on results, but on the other end of pretty much every task you must complete or every goal you set is a person, therefore relationships.
I got where I am today by building one client relationship at a time and taking the next step and then the next step. Of course, it wasn’t always easy. However, I’ve always had a deep belief that I would be successful. I have overcome the challenges thru perseverance, staying on a growth path myself and staying anchored to great mentors and friends. Connection is oxygen and fuel for you and your business.
I’ve always been tremendously grateful for the time I was privileged to serve in the Navy. That experience alone has given me so many tools for success and is such a huge part of who I am today both as a person and as a leader. I love working with the veteran community, as well as with family-owned businesses and successful entrepreneurs and business owners.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the coast and being near the water. I’d definitely take friends up and down the coast. I’m of course partial to Coronado, given my time serving in San Diego. The La Jolla Children’s Pool near Seal Rock is amazing, especially when the baby seals are out and about. Up in Orange County, Corona Del Mar is so pretty as well. There are so many cool restaurants, but mainly I just love being outside watching the waves and walking on or near the beach. One of my favorite things is to get Fish Tacos at South Beach Bar & Grill in Ocean Beach, down in San Diego. Amazing! In OC, I love the Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to the military first and foremost. I raised my right hand when I was 18 and am honored to have served. So much of who I am today comes from the mentorship and the examples of those with whom I served. Lt Gen Lawrence Nicholson, USMC (ret) was my first boss and he really set the bar for me as a leader. There were countless other people: OICs, USNA classmates and fellow shipmates with whom I am honored to have served who have really walked the walk, had my back, set the example, sacrificed, and made the hard calls that others benefit from but few want to have to be the ones to make. As a whole, those people and experiences instilled in me not just principles for leadership, but principles for life.
I’d also like to give a shout out to Dr Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend, along with the staff of the GrowthSkills Foundation and all of those who are associated with that world: TLG, TI, the Boundaries.me world. I use the Cloud-Townsend Growth Model in my executive coaching practice, but more importantly, their principles have helped me thrive in life.
Lastly, I’ll give a shout out to the ProVisors business community. What a fantastic community of business professionals and great people!