“These three words  allow you to take your dreams off hold, go public with your private vision, turn a transition into a transformation, and get your message in front of a larger audience.”

Okay, let’s be perfectly honest about what inspired the topic for this blog series.  I am a part of that Boomer generation that did not grow up with cell phones, video games, text messaging, social media – or blogging.  We thought that communication meant talking face to face with someone – period.  However, I am so committed to the subject matter of this blog – and its importance and relevance to women – of all ages – right now, that I am educating my way onto YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., because that’s where you’re most likely to be looking for me.  So if I’m a bit (?) tardy in adding social media to my communication tools, I nonetheless joyfully embrace this learning as one more way of sharing a message about which I am passionate.

And what I know about passionate people – truly passionate people – is that we’ll learn/do/try almost anything to get you to hear our message, even blogging.

And what is this message about which I am so passionate?  Quite simply, I believe that adding three short words to any limiting belief can and will significantly transform the direction and quality of your life for the good.

Those three words are…”up until now.”

 For example, in the 70’s, when I was living and working in Washington, D.C., a group of women who were small business owners wanted a way to market our enterprises.  The only form of “networking” that existed at that time was membership in a civic organization, such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, or the Jaycees.  Only problem was, in the 70’s, women were not allowed membership in those organizations.  In other words, we said, there’s nothing out there to help us….

Up until now…

 That group of less than a dozen women began to meet in the back room of our office and brainstorm ways to promote our businesses.  Within 6 months, we gave birth to “The National Association of Women Business Owners” (NAWBO) – and seemingly overnight expanded to chapters in almost every state in the US – and were even invited to the White House to lend support and advice for the women’s initiatives that were starting to spring up.

So, if you’ve ever found yourself caught up in limiting beliefs like the following, help is at hand.

  • Nothing I attempt seems to work out for the good
  • It’s frustrating to watch people with lesser skills get promoted over me
  • I see others attaining their dreams, but what about my dreams?
  • No matter what I try, I can’t attain my goal weight, quit smoking, save money, find the perfect life partner, get the job/career I deserve. etc.

In this series of blogs, you will meet women whose limiting beliefs, personally and professionally, were transformed when those three little words: “up until now” entered their thinking – and influenced a powerful redirection of their lives.

(And if you’re one of those women, I’d like to hear from you…)

Dottie Gandy

A native Texan with a degree in Communications from Baylor University, Dottie’s background includes highly successful careers as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, author, speaker and facilitator. She has recently accepted the position of Market Director in Dallas for the Mentoring Women’s Network.A long time supporter of women in business, she is a co-founder of the National Association of Women Business Owners.


5 Response Comments

  • alison.martin  January 30, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Kudos to you, Dottie! The only limitations we have are those we place on ourselves. Thanks for dedicating so much of your life to advancing women! You are a true inspiration!

  • LeeAnn  January 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    You continue to amaze and inspire! Here’s to another successful phase in your life! I am blessed that you are my friend and colleague.

  • Tonja Eagan  February 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Welcome to the network Dottie! Your blog insights are much appreciated! I can tell that I’m going to learn a lot from you and the fabulous women in Dallas!

  • Anne Sadovsky  February 3, 2014 at 1:02 am

    I don’t know another woman as committed to supporting our gender. You are brilliant, and those of us who know and love love you are fortunate indeed.

  • Mary Kiefer  February 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Very thoughtful and insightful blog, Dottie. Excellent!
    Thank you for always being willing to share your wisdom. I’m grateful to call you my friend. You are amazing.


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