People are forced to collaborate and that’s a good thing — I feel that because of this virus, society has to come up together as one. Obviously, some people are in need and some others can help. Some people are sick and some others can offer support or healthcare. Some people are lonely and some others can offer virtual presence. It reminds us that we’re all equal and that each life on this earth is worth to be lived.
As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Fabienne Raphaël.
Fabienne is a business building coach, speaker and podcaster. With her one on one coaching and Mastermind Group, she helps undervalued employees and former elite athletes become highly paid experts by building their coaching business so they can live their true purpose.
As a former elite athlete and physical therapist, Fabienne brings a high level of energy, radiance and authenticity to lead her clients to a thriving business that meets their expectation.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?
Mypath to entrepreneurship was no straight line. Actually, I don’t come from a family of entrepreneurs and never did I believe that I would be where I am today… When I met my business and life partner, I guess that my life was changed for the better, because he’s the one who introduced me to personal development and entrepreneurship. Today, we work together and I’m really happy about the constant self-work that entrepreneurship forces me to do.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?
The book that made a significant impact on me and that I still read once in a while is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. 4 little principles to implement in my everyday life. The reason it impacted me so much is because it has to do with simple concepts that are NOT that easy to apply constantly and it challenges me to become a better version of myself, day after day.
Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your perspective can you help our readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel”? Can you share your “5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis”? If you can, please share a story or example for each.
- People are forced to collaborate and that’s a good thing — I feel that because of this virus, society has to come up together as one. Obviously, some people are in need and some others can help. Some people are sick and some others can offer support or healthcare. Some people are lonely and some others can offer virtual presence. It reminds us that we’re all equal and that each life on this earth is worth to be lived.
- Things will never be the same after the crisis — As we did in the past with other types of crisis, I think that we will adjust and live our lives differently.
- “This shall pass” — it’s impossible that this stays forever. Brighter days are ahead. It’s a tough period, but it’s also in adversity that we become stronger.
- Many people and many businesses are finally contemplating the online opportunities — and that will definitely lead to happier families with workers and employees with less commute time, but also more business owners owning their expertise and living on their own terms. All these will lead to happier people and a happier world!
From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?
- Make sure that you have enough energy yourself to offer support to others. You are also living this crisis and sometimes, the best thing you can do is find time for yourself and acknowledge what are your feelings towards it.
- Invite them to verbalize what they feel and help them focus on what things they can control — their reactions, the precautions they take, what they choose to do with their time.
- Call them often to hear how they are doing.
- Spend time doing things that make them feel happy — and on that, you have to be creative, because it might not be possible for you to physically see these people — have Zoom chats — I’ve seen people sing, play games, work, workout through video conferencing.
- Make them laugh. Smiling and laughing is good for a healthy lifestyle. Big time!
What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?
I would say that breathing deeply is a great start!
Also, not isolating yourself and talk to others about it helps you realize that you are not alone and that others around you can be a great support system.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
“Success is something you attract by the person you become.” — Jim Rohn
Negative energy, jealousy, and envy never attract anything other than more of these negative feelings.
The more you work on yourself, the more you become a better person. And the more you become a better person, the more you attract people that see things the same and that can help you elevate to another level of wisdom. And the more you are becoming a better person, the more great things come your way.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Reading this question, I just had this silly thought. What about having laughing out loud sessions pre-scheduled every day? 10am-12pm-4pm-9pm. Meet someone virtually — greet by laughing out loud. 4 times a day. Can’t be the same person each time. That would instantly create joy! Don’t you agree??
What is the best way our readers can follow you online?
My website is http://www.fabienneraphael.com/
Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!