#249 Overcoming Anxiety and Taking Calculated Risks with Sarah McAleer

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Nothing makes me happier than seeing a jewelry designer move from a place of uncertainty to a place of power.

It happens when you overcome your fears to take calculated risks that move your business into action.

Meet Dr. Sarah McAleer, a jeweler and long-time member of the F&TA community who designs jewelry for strong-minded women and their families. 

She’s also our very own Head Coach of the Diamond Insiders!

Sarah faced some pretty intense conflict during the transition into life under COVID-19 restrictions.

Due to fears about her own health and business, she became paralyzed by the shift in normalcy.

This led to a halt in business and productivity on Sarah’s end.

However, this didn’t last long. With community support and a lot of sheer willpower, she was able to overcome her anxieties and make strategic decisions to keep her business surviving and thriving.

I think you’ll be inspired by what she has to say, especially if you’re struggling with some very real fears right now.

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Be There For People

Sarah began to snap out of her paralysis when she realized her family, her customers, and her Diamond Insiders were all counting on her. This became a source of inspiration.

Now is not the time to disconnect. There are people in your family, your business, and your community who are all relying on you in some way or another.

Be there for the people in your life, and allow them to be there for you.

This means you probably can’t just bring everything to a grinding halt – instead, you have to act.

Don’t Discount Your Responsibilities

As Sarah was working to actively shift into a growth-based mindset, she found comfort in her regular routines.

Just running the numbers in her biz, like she normally does, reminded her that things aren’t actually that different. With the right strategy, all these problems are solvable.

I know it’s a challenging time, and it can be tempting to hide from your day-to-day responsibilities. 

But I think you might be surprised by how much better you feel when you step back, assess the situation, and follow-through.

Do What You Need To Do

Before physical distancing was in place, Sarah traveled to a community studio multiple days a week to make jewelry.

With access to tools cut off, she had to make a tough decision: should she stop all production and wait it out, or put down the investment and buy the tools she needs to keep her business running?

Sarah’s been in the industry for almost 30 years – she knew what needed to be done. She took the calculated risk and outfitted her home with a last-minute jewelry studio.

Since then, she’s been able to fulfill orders and keep sales flowing. As she says, it’s not about just surviving – it’s about surviving and thriving.

Listen to the full episode above to hear more of Sarah’s inspiring journey in overcoming fear.

Until next week, m’dear!

xo, Tracy


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