Learn to deal with unpleasant feelings, past hurts, and traumas quickly. There are so many trauma-resolution and somatic release strategies that help you move through them. Just experiment a bit. The earlier you do that, the easier it is. Old negative stories tend to not only affect us mentally, but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Lukretia Fischer.
Lisa Lukretia Fischer is a certified professional coach who helps female entrepreneurs build a holistic framework for emotional resilience, mental focus, and improved productivity to succeed in business.
Having grown from her own serious health issues, physical and psychological trauma, she is now deeply passionate about the importance of wellbeing and resilience. With this awareness, she loves providing the space and structure to develop the former with the aim of bringing entrepreneurial desires to fruition.
Pulling from her background as an environmental engineer, trainer in competitive sports, teacher at inclusive schools and yoga instructor, she combines aspects of high performance, intermittent relaxation, and loving acceptance into her coaching philosophy.
Lisa holds degrees as Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, COR.E Dynamics Wellbeing Specialist and Hatha Yoga Instructor (RYT200).
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?
Hello, I’ll keep the backstory short and sweet because I am not into re-telling my story over and over. (Or I might have gone on too many Tinder dates.)
I come from a working-class family, and I’m the first academic to graduate with A-levels and go abroad to do voluntary service. By training, I am an environmental and water management engineer/scientist. Alongside school and uni, I used to teach and coach a lot in terms of sports, maths, and languages. Now, besides coaching, I focus on dancing and yoga as well as reading and writing. There you go, my 5 page CV in 5 sentences.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?
I don’t think there was a particular interesting story. It was more of a general realisation of how different the workplace was from anything I was used to before. I quickly got to know how naïve I was, how protected school and uni life is, and how many different agendas there are in the marketplace that I was not prepared for. And that it is all wonderfully complex and interesting, and I love to learn from this school of life now. I also understood the importance of knowing yourself, your values and vision, and how to be flexible in your approach.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
I stayed at a job where I did not feel valued, I experienced sexist treatment, and I felt like no one listened or valued my input. I was running against so many walls with my ideas. I went completely against my own intuition and thought I could change them (or their perspectives of me). And I let this go on for way longer than necessary, out of loyalty, out of fear of not finding another job, and out of maybe not even knowing what other job I would have liked to have. From this I mainly learned to trust my initial gut instincts. I also wanted to avoid people where the communication just feels too destructive and not productive or constructive in any way. I have more self-worth than that now.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I have no single particular story to tell, and it also might sound a bit like a cliché, but I would say my mom. She is a very strong, emancipated person with a very alternative, rebellious view of the world. And she has always believed in me and she always supported me with everything I wanted to do, even though she might not have understood it or liked it. And believe me, there was more than one occasion where that happened, like me wanting to live abroad right after school, or like me going into business for myself, etc. I am deeply grateful to her for what she taught me and is still teaching me about her way of thinking and feeling. She is such a fountain of wisdom that it sometimes takes me years to understand something about myself that she already knew years ahead of time.
Ok perfect. Now let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
In coaching new and aspiring entrepreneurs to set a holistically healthy and balanced framework for their business and learning energetic leadership, I believe that it has a ripple effect on how they continue to build their businesses; examples include team building, finding innovative ways of work-life-play-integration, higher valuing of family, less stigma on mental and emotional health issues and gender-equal pay. After the saying “you can only give from an overflowing cup”, I know that healthy and balanced leaders contribute to very anabolic, stress-free, happy workplaces, which in turn contribute to the overall life quality of the communities.
Can you share your top five “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.
I think I am pretty much back to basics in that regard, so here we go:
- The all-time classic: journaling! It structures your thoughts, lets you find out your strengths and areas of improvement, helps to get into a creative flow, and is also something to remember the lessons you learned. Every time I cannot get over a particular situation or a repetitive pattern, I write about it to get more and different perspectives on it. That usually also helps me release the attachment and the negativity around it.
- Single-tasking: I cannot recommend it enough! It took me a loooong while to learn, and I am in no way perfect at it yet, but it was so worth it. It really improves precision, process enjoyment, and in learning new things, speeds it up.
- Learn to listen to your body: Become very acquainted with the slightest signal it is telling you. It wants to communicate with you. So, if you pay attention, it will signal you any disbalance there is. If you pick it up early enough, you can easily prevent diseases and other negative patterns.
- Create a vision of your optimal wellbeing scenario. Make it nice and beautiful and whatever adjective you wish to attribute to it. If you know the destination, it is easier to get there.
- Learn to deal with unpleasant feelings, past hurts, and traumas quickly. There are so many trauma-resolution and somatic release strategies that help you move through them. Just experiment a bit. The earlier you do that, the easier it is. Old negative stories tend to not only affect us mentally, but also physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Introducing yoga and the concept of energy leadership into schools on a global level. Because kids learn fast, because these are incredible tools to have from a young age onwards and because I believe in the spill-over effect that kids have on their parents. So, it would be like a grassroots societal change movement towards more calmness, de-stress, and improved communication.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
- I knew entrepreneurship was all about taking responsibility for your own results; I just did not know that involved THIS many individual decisions. They can really wear you out at the start. So, I wish someone would have told me to learn how to make my best decisions quickly and then get the confidence to stick with them.
- Also, I wish someone would have told me before that I am now the person to give myself the permission to do things and waiting on someone else to tell me what to do is not going to work from now on.
- Everyone will always “know it better” but you are the one doing it. Remember, words are cheap. So, don’t take criticism from anyone you would not even be willing to take advice from.
- Really start valuing self-care, a schedule, offline times for family and friends as well as going outside, good food and sports. That’s a major point in keeping you grounded, stable and with enough energy to keep going.
- You don’t have to figure out everything by yourself. Don’t reinvent the wheel. You can also take things from others that already work and incorporate them into your system. It is totally allowed to be a bit more street-smart and savvier.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
They all belong together, and for me, they are all about coming into balance with oneself, the planet and humanity. It is about caring for ourselves and others, overcoming selfishness, greed and learning to live in harmony with ourselves and the planet. So, I would not want to decide.
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Thank you for these fantastic insights!