Getting Better Every Day Even With Micro Steps With Sarah Dokowicz, Creative Director And Podcast Host

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February 26, 2021

 

We all want to unlock our full potential to earn more money, influence more people, and create more connections. And since that cannot be achieved overnight, a great way to start improving is to get better every day, even with the smallest things. Susanne Puerschel is joined by five-time gold medalist dancer, creative director, and host of 4 The Love of Thriving Podcast, Sarah Dokowicz, who tells her story of success just by focusing on micro-steps. Sarah looks back on her colorful dancing career learning with the most prominent industry figures and how this experience proved useful in her career transition. She also emphasizes how self-improvement can be achieved even by concentrating on 1% every single day and the importance of getting advice and guidance from people more experienced than you.

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Getting Better Every Day Even With Micro Steps With Sarah Dokowicz, Creative Director And Podcast Host

Our guest is Sarah Dokowicz. She is a five-time gold medalist dance champion, music artist and creative director. She has worked and trained under the wings of Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, Wade Robson, Andre Fuentes, Tony Czar, and more. She was part of the first Australian team to compete in the World Hip Hop Championship in LA. Additionally, Sarah was a top 80 So You Think You Can Dance Australia contestant. Through her creative journey, she discovered the power of self-acceptance and personal development, where she now helps other men and women tap into their higher selves through real conversations on her podcast, 4 The Love of Thriving. I can’t wait to share this conversation with you. Here we go.

Welcome. I am grateful that you’re here and that you want to share a bit of your story with us.

Thank you. I’m excited to be here. I’m super grateful because I love the mission that you’re on and wherever I can contribute, I would love to be part of it. Thank you for having me here.

Here’s what I want to do, I want to break the ice a bit, which we needed, but our readers have not privy to our first conversation. Tell me, what’s your favorite food?

I have two that I switch between, but anything like Mexican food or sushi, for sure.

Comfort food when you’re down, crying and ugly.

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I love sweets, but I’m not one of those people that will go straight to ice cream. I feel like I’m more chips and salty kind of person. I go with chips.

All bag full of chips.

It’s bad though. If I opened it, I can’t stop.

What’s your favorite childhood memory?

Depending on how old we’re talking childhood, but especially between the years of 10 to 13, 14, when I was with my performance group, older shows and competitions we got to do, they were my highlights. It was so much fun. I didn’t enjoy a lot of school. That was what I look forward to doing every single week.

What’s the current book you’re reading? Probably more than one, as I now created, we have ten books on the go. I do.

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I am reading two books at the moment. I’m trying to do two a month minimum. The first one that I’ve done is called Dollars Flow to Me Easily. It’s a quick, easy read. It’s not necessarily about money, but tapping into the feeling of abundance, which allows you to bring in things into a life with much more ease. Also, The Launch Book that a lot of people have been talking about to get some different perspectives on how to present said offering and things to my group and community.

The Launch Book, I still go back to it every month. It’s a great tool for not even coaches, but in general, that if you want to either promote yourself and what you’re doing. It is a good read.

I’m learning so much because the book raised my mind. There are certain parts when you come to wanting to offer your things, it’s not like you’re coming from that sleazy point of view of like, “I want money,” but it’s like, “How do I present this to people without feeling like I’m selling it to them?” I want to make sure that it’s going to add to their life and be a part of their life. That’s one thing that I’m constantly battling within my head. I don’t want to go straight forward and be like, “This is what I got, come join.” At the same time, how do we do that in a way that we’ll make it beneficial for the other person on the other side?

Let’s go back to where we started. I can’t believe all the things you’ve done. You’re a five-time gold medalist dance champion, music artist and creative director, talk to me about that. Let’s get into a bit of the juicy stuff. How did you start dancing and end up with all of these crazy good people to work with?

It’s been such a journey and so much fun. I cherish those moments so much that I want to figure out how I can get back into that too. Everyone’s a creator at the end day, but there are certain people where we thrive off of creativity and self-expression. That’s my thing, but it didn’t always start that way. I grew up shy. I did not want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to go to school. I cried on the first day of kindergarten. I cried at my first ballet lesson that my sister was at when she was five and I was three. I cried learning to ride a bike. I was a big cry baby.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

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I was afraid of everything and everyone. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in myself, which I’m still trying to figure out where it all stems from to understand. There’s still a bit of that can hold me back a bit and it can hold everybody back at some point. It wasn’t until the age of nine that I started dancing, which for me back in the day, I thought that was late because many people were like, “I started dancing when I was two.” I’m like, “Sorry, I’m late for this party.” The reason why I started it was because I was enamored and infatuated with Britney Spears. She was hot at the time in the 1999 area of life. I was like, “She looks like she has such a good time on stage.” No matter what you think of her, back in the day, she looked good.

She was number one.

She was killing it, working with all the best producers back in the day. I was infatuated with her stage performances. I told my mom, “I want to do that. That looks fun.” My mom signed me up to a performing arts school when I was nine years old. I was still shy. I cried, but for some reason, something’s calling me, like I need to do this. I took my first jazz class and I was the most horrible person in the room. I couldn’t do a step-step drag, change or anything. I felt out of place, but I was like, “For some reason, I need to be here and work through this crappiness that I have right now. I will learn the technique. I’ll get better.” From there, I jumped around a few different performing arts schools where I’m from originally, which is in Adelaide, Australia and came across this other performing arts school that they had a performance group. They had a group and general classes and I audition to be part of that.

I had gone in, from there I was training with the specific group of people. It was one of the best times of my life. It became like a second family. It got to a point where we were performing quite consistently. We’re doing a lot of charity dinners. We ended up performing for one state football team over them. We’re doing halftime performances. We’re like, “We need more challenges. What else can we do?” We started entering competitions over in Australia. We have what’s called the FISAF Competition, which is like fitness aerobics. They have a dance component of the competition. We would enter that. We were somehow getting all of these victories because we had much energy in all of us, we loved being together, the chemistry was good. We had a crazy coach, not in an abusive way, but she pushed us a lot, which I’m grateful for because the discipline stuck with me. It went off to doing that, but then, there would be choreographers that would come to Australia and teach us.

People like Michael Schwandt, who’s done Britney and Gaga. Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, which have been doing all of JLo stuff right now. I’ve done stuff with Wade Robson. I even got to a point where we’re like, “We need something more to grow.” We ended up raising money to come out to LA to perform in the World Hip Hop Championships and compete. That’s when we realized we weren’t as good as we thought we were, like a world level. I’m embarrassed. Our hip hops are not even hip hop, I thought it was, but it was such a great lesson. Not saying that we weren’t great, but there’s always something more to seek and grow from. That was a big wake up in a good way.

In the meantime, we’re taking master classes again from Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Andre Fuentes, who unfortunately has passed. I’ve gone through many fun experiences of workshops. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Carnival, but it’s like a monthly performance that they do. They used to do it at the Key Club in West Hollywood, then they did at the Avalon. They started doing it in different parts of the world. They did some in Sydney as well, which I was a part of. I got to be part of some of their works and stuff. There was so much to it and it was much so fun. It was once I moved out to the States to do more music, I dropped off a bit on the dance side of things, but I feel there has to be a way to tie it in again to the lifestyle or always use that as the backbone to everything that I do as far as creativity and stuff. That’s a bit of a nutshell of what I’ve done dance-wise and all the fun experiences I’ve got to have through it.

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You said, when you came to LA, you realize that there’s always something more to learn. Let’s explore that a bit because I find in the ballet world, it’s more about perfection than about being a work in progress. I feel it is in the way of creating more and innovation, evolution, that mindset cuts anything better and more off. When you said, “That sparked a thought in me,” I wonder why these two worlds, even though they’re similar, why this particular part is different though. Do you have a thought on that?

I can see that because I have taken a lot of ballet classes. It wasn’t the main type of dance I did, but the discipline behind it. I can see where that can come from because every movement that you want to do is super precise and has that technique to it. If you don’t hit the line, then you might think it’s a failure because you didn’t hit the right arabesque and whatnot. That’s where I believe that growth mentality always should come into play instead of the thought of, “I’m not good enough. I didn’t hit it, so that means I’m a failure,” kind of thing. I love ballet for what it is. I also think there needs to be that balance between the precision, but also the freedom to be like, “It didn’t happen this time,” but each day, my big focus is always 1% better. Instead of being like, “I didn’t hit it, it’s done,” out the window kind of thing. I’m like, “How can I make it a bit better today?” The same goes with, for example, learning the splits for the first time. I couldn’t even get down to a split, but what I did was, every single day, off to school, I would get into my right and left split for a minute.

No matter how high I was off the ground, sit in that for a minute. That was the goal. The consistency behind it of each day I’m doing it, maybe I’ll get down 0.5 centimeter, maybe the next day I won’t at all, but that’s the journey. Each day is different. Our body is going to react differently to things every day, especially as women, our body is constantly changing every single day and we have to go with those ebbs and flows of things too. As far as other styles of dance, it gives you a bit more of that freedom. In ballet, it is focused like that, but I wish it could also have a bit of that like, “For the last part of the class, we’re going to flow, do your own thing.” It doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s more about the feel.

Even in the entrepreneurial spectrum, we’re saying success is 80% mindset and 20% skills. From the time I had this a-ha moment that dancers in any capacity in any field for me are entrepreneurs. They problem solve every single day. From the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed. You problem solve yourself, everything. What you feel, how you do it, or you problem solve not to feel so you can survive. All of these things. When we allow ourselves to make mistakes is when we allow ourselves to grow as well. With the tradition being portraying beauty and perfection, where we’re in this age of time where it’s not about that anymore. It’s not about what isn’t real, it’s about authenticity, life, emotions and being okay with every range of it. It doesn’t make you weaker. It makes you stronger.

Sometimes those things can stem from a worthiness thing, because I also went through a point in my life, not even dance-related, of feeling I always had to be perfect. For example, every time I sit down and saw a crease on my shirt, I would stand up and try and straighten that out again and make sure that whenever I would sit down, it would be straight. I was probably OCD, perfectionism, but there comes a point where you have to let it go, but also tap into yourself a bit and be like, “Why do I feel like I have to be perfect all the time? Where’s this stemming from?” Most of the time it’s stemming something, it could be family-related, parent-related, or young childhood-related. Maybe somebody said something to you that has stuck with you subconsciously to be like, “They didn’t like me like this. This means now I have to be prim and proper.”

You have to confront wherever the issue is stemming from and be like, “Thank you, but I’m deciding from now on that I’m going to rewrite my own story.” It’s not an overnight thing, but the more we can get more aware of where these things come from, because everything comes from somewhere, the more we can tap into our own truth and be like, “That’s not my story. I choose to write a new one and it’s going to be this way instead of this way.” That’s the power we have especially the older and the wiser we get that we can learn from those experiences and be like, “No. This isn’t serving me. I choose to let this go.” You start to cut those thoughts off and create better ones that are more supportive to your goals and to your way of life.

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I’m grateful that you’re bringing that up because that seems to be the theme of my entire day-to-day stories and how to break them. As a dancer, as a high performer, as an athlete, I feel that these kinds of tools are essential in order to tap into your full potential, yet I don’t see it being taught. I don’t see it being number one or at least number two, even in companies or in the industry, even in LA, to be something that is featured, furthered or encouraged. I feel like I know what we’re missing out on so much because we’re asking these people that are coming in or are in the field right now to function and to fit in a certain box of, “You work on your body all the time. Let’s concentrate on that because everything else is not important and won’t give you any better outcomes.” It’s where I learned so much around what your mindset and you too, you have been digging deep in your personal journey in order to be where you are now. That doesn’t come overnight. You’ve got to do the same work that you are doing in a studio on your body, outside of the studio on your mind. I believe strongly that if we were to do more mind work and tapping into all our stories and who we are and who we could be and our fears, that we would have to do less work on our body.

How is it possible that we’re spending much time on this external thing, which we’re living in a three-dimensional world where spirits are having the human experience? Why are we spending so much time on this external thing? I’m not saying that we shouldn’t because your health is your wealth, but your spirit and your mind is as important. It pains me to say, even in school, people don’t teach you that stuff. It’s almost this secret that people have kept hidden from all of us. Unfortunately, only the people that are curious enough or seeking enough to find these answers are the ones who will try and find it. I feel like if it wasn’t more of a mainstream topic, there would be less sabotage in those kinds of industries, less things like eating disorders.

I haven’t had an eating disorder myself. I was like, “I’m going through all these emotions.” There would be less of this negative comparison when you understand how to see everything for what it is in a range of perspectives, instead of it being a negative one. Most of the time we see things in a more negative light because the ego loves to protect us. That’s the one that we refer to most. What if we could flip the script and make it a mainstream thing so that we can have a healthier mind? A healthier mind will then manifest in the body as well. Everything’s in a better balance with each other. You can’t have one without the other.

It is the dealignment. Align your habits with your goals. If we’re looking at the dance industry, if your goal is to dance in this performance, you’re not aligning your habits by starving yourself or talking down on yourself or shaming yourself with where you want to end up. That’s the miss that we’re not seeing how important your daily interactions and your daily thoughts, beliefs, habits, everything, every second that you do distributes into your final outcome. Have you read Atomic Habits by James Clear?

That’s funny that you say that because you were the 4th person to mention this book to me. I’m like, “This is a sign to read this book.” It’s one that I’ve put on my list as well. I’ll read it at the end of January 2021 because many people have talked about it, but I would love to hear what you’ve got to say about it.

He is all about the 1% better every day, which can bring you way more results in a 365-day radius than you’re not trying to do everything at once. What is interesting, he’s bringing up the English National Biking Team. They were the last in the world for years and years. A famous bicycle company would not sponsor them and give them bikes or even sell them bikes because they were bad. They’re saying, “Perhaps we should hire somebody.” They decided, “Let’s work on our habits.” That person was a well-known coach around habits. He came in and first worked with them on the big ones, the bikes, the seats, their wear, and then he said, “We’re going to get into the nitty-gritties, the 1%.”

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For example, they brought in a doctor that taught them how to wash their hands so they would get less sick. They would stay healthier more. They brought in a sleep specialist that would help the athletes to have the best sleep, so they can perform on a higher level every day. They painted the storage room for the bikes bright white so they could see every single speck of dust that had settled on the rims of the bikes, which will slow them down. What he was getting at, if you think in the beginning, all of these tiny little things won’t matter, they do in a big scheme. They do when you put them all together. The more detail you can put into examining your life and your thoughts, particularly as an athlete and understanding that everything you do matters, then you also will understand how to align your habits with your goals. For fifteen years after they won 3 or 4 Tour de France and they were for fifteen years number one in the whole wide world. They won Olympic gold after and after. The proof is in the story. It’s incredible, but that is you prove that everything you do and every choice that you make thus matter.

Sometimes you don’t have to see it in the moment. This is something that I also had to learn growing up. I thank my mom for this. Some days I would love things to be sped up. It’s the art of patience, because if you’re only doing that 1% every single day, you’re probably not going to feel like you’re seeing results, especially the physical wealth for maybe a month, maybe two months, but then you end up getting to the sixth month, but then you look back, so much was achieved or accomplished or changed or transformed in a short amount of time. As long as you put in that consistency, there will be a result no matter what. There has to be result because if you’re moving in a forward direction, there’s bound to be a result.

Chris says as well, but in the Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, T. Harv Eker also says, “If you’re not growing, you’re dying.” You’re focusing on that growth mindset of don’t put everything on your plate at once. When you see the bigger picture, where do you want to be? Dream huge. Don’t ever stop dreaming big, but also then those micro steps, you don’t realize how much they can compound over time. That is consistency, 1%, but then also the patience to not give up straight away. You always see those little memes of somebody chipping away to the gold on the ground or whatever.

As they’re about to hit it, they turn around and it’s like, “You undid everything.” You’ve got to keep going and almost having this belief in yourself that it’s going to get there, but also having the patience. I personally would get impatient with myself. That would be part of my sabotage as well. It’s like, “Why hasn’t this happened yet?” Instead of being like, “How can we maybe do this a bit different? This obviously didn’t work. Maybe we could try it this way instead.” It’s always finding the other ways to go about it as well.

Ask better questions versus saying, “Notice doesn’t work.” It’s, “How else can I make it work? What other ways are there?” It’s not riding on the highway and that’s nice and cushy and beautiful view, or do I take a road off into the bush and see what else is over there? Maybe I’ll find what I need over there. That can only be patience. I remember I wrote about this, before we get there, we give up. It’s when we have that feeling, “I’m done. I’m not going to do anymore.” I know that is assigned from wherever you need to or wanted to be that you’re almost there that you have to do one or two more. It’s almost like you can trust it to a tee, wouldn’t you agree? It has proven itself many times in my life.

From myself, I also listen to other people’s stories because in the music world, I’ve studied many songwriters and music producers. One day, I was about to leave, wherever they were, most of the time they’re in LA, I was about to turn back home and go back to Florida because nothing was working out. The day before I was about to leave, I got a call from this one person saying that such and such cut the song. This blessing came out of nowhere being all that work and all this preparation set you up for this. Also, when you almost feel defeated, there is something on the other side of that. It’s almost like you have to sprint almost at that point. You never have to run, for example. Before they hit close to the finish line, there don’t slow down, they speed up. You want to speed up to it and be like, “I’m going through that wall.”

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That’s when you give you 120%. Enough about the past. What are you doing now? Give me all of it.

For right now, I’ve been releasing some music to stay creative and to be able to stay on with music. I start some songs in my back catalog, which has been nice. I’m hoping to release another one. I’m doing that, plus I’m working on an interactive community, music project thing right now by Ryan Tedder, who’s the guy from OneRepublic and I adore him. He’s insane. I’m taking this whole 30 days of creativity right now because 2020 was such a crap show. I feel like a lot of us lost our creative spark and also finding the joy in life. I was like, “I’m going to commit to this.” It’s a 30-day creativity course. He should take you in the backend of how he writes, produces, record songs, down to the plugin that he uses. I’m like, “This is gold because now I have the roadmap to be able to do this for myself.” Something that’s always held me back is like, “How do I make this stuff sound good?”

I’m not a good producer, but at least understanding how to do the basics. They can then send it off to someone else. I’ve been working on that on a personal level. On another more professional level, I teach coaches, content creators how to create their long-form content for YouTube by leveraging YouTube for their business. I help people determine how to do the SEO for their videos, how to optimize their videos. Also, everything from creating optimized thumbnails and what analytics matter and the fact that you can make money from affiliates as well, rather than waiting to get monetized on the platform. That’s the video side of things, the creative direct design of me. Also, I have a podcast called 4 The Love of Thriving, which started out as a passion project because I’d been waiting two years to release this thing. I was like, “There’s a pandemic. Now I have no excuse. I’m going to do it.”

I released it in August 2020, and it’s been a great ride. I’ve been learning a lot through it. It’s a podcast based on more personal development in the realms of abundance, manifestation, understanding your mind. It’s a mindset, but then also it’s got a bit of a blend of wellness to it because I feel like you can’t be fully functioning as a great human if you don’t take care of that side of yourself as well. Your health is your greatest wealth. I blend the two together. I’m working on that right now. It’s a crossover between a podcast and a blog. I would love to eventually get into more a physical product side of things for that too, whether it is through journals or jewelry with some power statements. That’s what I’m working on.

It’s all about that 1% better every day though, isn’t it?

It’s been such a learning lesson of connecting with people, but also the process that you go through to create all this content, then also meeting many great people in between. I’m fascinated by people’s stories too and what they do. It’s called 4 The Love Of Thriving. How do people lead their lives in order to create a thriving life, whatever it means for them? That’s why I bring on people to interview as well, but I also do solo episodes. Every day you learn something new. It’s fun. I love it.

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I love how you stay curious. You’re open to taking in more and more information. When you started your self-development journey, how important is having coaches, having a mastermind group to fall back to, having a community that you either build yourself or you’re a partner of? How important is that to you?

Back in the day, growing up, I didn’t understand the concept fully. Through my dance team, I had a second family and then that broke off and I didn’t have anything. I was lonesome in a way. I didn’t have people that I could get ideas with or brainstorm with. As far as my own personal journey, my development has always been based on that curiosity, which is a blessing and a curse because sometimes I’ll be the curious kid that would go through my mom’s jewelry box. She’s like, “Where did you find this?” It can work in my favor and against me too.

Curiosity is the key to self-discovery for sure, but also, I feel like there’s only so far you can go by yourself. This is what I had to learn, because seeing my parents being immigrants, they didn’t have massive gatherings or events happening at our house. They’re much more private, conservative people. I thought that in life, we get to do things by ourselves for ourselves. We don’t need other people. I got into this mindset of, “I don’t need anyone.” Now that I broke away from that mentality and started to explore other avenues, I realized how important it is, especially in 2021 moving forward. Us humans, we’re travel-based people and community-based. We started in communities through music and dance, by our fire. This is deeply rooted in us. Sometimes for some people, it’s this factor of either worthiness or being too shy to approach other people that stops us from getting connected. That was sometimes a bit of a block, which now I throw my hands up if it’s a no, then that was meant to be a no. I’m trying to go with the science of the universe.

You hit a point when you’ve done so much on yourself, then you’re like, “What’s next? How can I get to the next step?” If you haven’t experienced it yet, you don’t know what’s required of you. That’s why it’s always important finding the next person or a person that has gone before you in some way or has more experience and wisdom, usually older people. I love older people for that because they carry so much wisdom and they can guide you. It’s important to find those kinds of people in your life that can be that extra ear for you. They can provide you with advice that you may not have even thought of because you haven’t had enough experience even to have to think that way. It’s important, especially if you want to continue to grow.

Why do you think people are hesitant to invest in themselves, and with that, hesitant to commit to growing?

It’s a range of things. People don’t trust themselves enough. They think that the investment to themselves is going to be another failure. They would rather spend money buying a brand-new car than on their idea or bettering themselves as a human, which I find fascinating. It’s potentially because it’s not super tangible material in a sense, in the beginning especially, because it’s an internal thing where we’re learning and we’re putting more knowledge into our system. Taking that gamble on ourselves can be scary because there’s a win or a possible loss, but it’s perspective. The loss isn’t a loss. It’s another piece of information to be like, “What worked in that? What didn’t work?” When you put money into your own growth, it can be a bit of a scary gamble for people, but at the end day, this is how I see it. Everything’s a gamble. Putting your money into the stock market is a gamble. Being an entrepreneur is a gamble. Working a 9:00 to 5:00 is a gamble.

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People can fire you tomorrow and then you have nothing. Everything’s a gamble in life. It’s how you choose to play it. For some people, the idea of success sounds like a scary thing because with success comes more responsibilities. Also, people think it’s more work almost to be successful. It’s better to be a little less than because then you don’t have to do as much, but then you live this comfortable life. It’s boring and comfortable. It’s how can we get out of this box, put ourselves on the line a bit, walk a bit of a tight rope and live life on the edge. That’s what I’m all about. Even though it is scary, but most often than not, there is a patch of grass on the other side.

From my own experience, even if you feel that investment wasn’t worth it, it is always worth it. Even if you hit rock bottom right after it, that rock bottom will teach you so much. You have to go through that in order to rise back up. There are things that you have to deal with in order to rise up. I was always worried about not being okay, but with that may also was never great.

When it comes to making these investments in yourself, you have to remind yourself that it’s money at the end day. Money is an energy, but also money is a renewable resource. You can always make it back no matter what you could. I know people are like, “You can sell stuff from your closet,” which you can, or you can, if you have skills, get on a platform like Upwork and Fiverr and offer some skills. You can do some good stuff with that. Go to a thrift shop, find some good, branded clothes then flip them on eBay. There are ways to make money back no matter what. People forget that. They get stuck in this one linear way of thinking. There are many possibilities. Especially in the world that we live in right now, it’s insane. Technology makes it easier than ever. It’s not easy necessarily, but it’s possible if you can be resourceful for sure.

Stay curious and keep learning. That is the biggest thing that I am taking out of our conversation. Before we wrap that up, two things, where can people find you? What are you offering right now? I want to make sure that we’re talking about that.

The best place would be on Instagram @4TheLoveOfThriving. That’s where my podcast is. I post a lot of information about manifestation, getting in the right energy and headspace. As part of a smaller ticket that I have right now, I created this affirmation card deck, which is printable that you can take. You can cut up and stick them on your mirror if you like, stick them to your computer. This is a daily reminder to help get you into the frequency of, first of all, feeling safe, but also abundance. The thing with affirmation is they’re not necessarily supposed to be like, “I’m a millionaire,” and tomorrow, you’re a millionaire. They’re supposed to bring you into that space in that higher frequency where you aren’t able to receive. Most of the time we’re walking around in the state of scarcity and lack and worry, and this stuff is all the stuff that we don’t want in our lives, but because we don’t want it, we’re attracting more of it instead of being like, “I’m in a safe space, I’m abundant.”

That’s what I’ve created this card deck that’s both intended to ignite more of a money and abundance mindset. Check it out. It’s minimalist, but I did that for a reason to make sure that the words are highlighted on the page, and that way it’s also aesthetically pleasing. You can cut them out, you can laminate them, or you can throw them onto your mirror, which I love to put on my mirror as well and look at them whenever I feel like I’m a bit uncomfortable or a bit stressed inside. How can I come back to that space of abundance and calm? It’s on my website as well, 4TheLoveOfThriving.com. That’s what I do.

Last but not least, let’s go back to your 16, 17-year-old self. What is the thing, a sentence, an advice that you would give your younger self?

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Better Everyday: People tend to see things in a negative light only because the ego loves to provide self-protection.

 

Believe in yourself and go with your gut feeling. Don’t take no for an answer if it’s saying that you feel like it’s meant for you.

Sarah, thank you for having that conversation with me. I adore you. You’re going to do even bigger things than you already have done. Thanks for being here.

Thank you. You’re such a sweetheart. I appreciate you.

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About Sarah Dokowicz

PTR 40 | Better EverydaySarah Dokowicz is a 5x gold medalist dance champion, music artist and creative director who has worked and trained under the wings of Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, Wade Robson, Andre Fuentes, Tony Czar and more. She was part of the first Australian team to compete in the World Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles. Additionally, Sarah was a top 80 So You Think You Can Dance Australia contestant. Through her creative journey she discovered the power of self-acceptance and personal development where she now helps other men and women tap into their higher selves through real conversations on her podcast, 4 The Love Of Thriving.

As part of my 4 The love Of Thriving brand, have a super low ticket $9.99 affirmation card deck available to help creatives tap into the frequency of self-acceptance, safety and love. The mental game is the biggest game we as creatives must master for ultimate success!

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