RISE weekend is a personal growth conference where women from every walk of life come together to be inspired by Rachel Hollis and friends. Check out my top takeaways from day two – own your past!
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RISE weekend is a two day personal growth conference where women from every walk of life come together to be inspired, supported and enveloped in a like-minded community. This year they added an optional health and wellness day to feed women’s bodies and souls with positivity and acceptance.
I have been to a few conferences in the past, but this was my first ever personal growth conference. It was nothing like I have ever experienced and more than I ever expected. It was part conference, part workout, part comedy act, part dance party and the energy was always high. Rachel Hollis and friends lit up the stage and every single woman in that Minneapolis audience!
It’s been two weeks since I attended RISE and I am finally able to unpack it all mentally. My workbooks are littered with notes, my camera roll is full of inspirational video clips and I am ready to unapologetically go after my dreams.
Here are MY biggest takeaways, MY aha moments from RISE Minneapolis Day 2 – Own Your Past.
DAY 2 – OWN YOUR PAST
To change the perception of your past. To see your past as a platform to build your dreams on instead of an anchor weighing you down. Today, we own our story. Today, we break free.
How Do You View Your Past?
Before I get to my takeaways, I’m going to challenge you to look at your past. How do you view it? What’s the story you tell yourself? Are you letting “the story” define you?
Be honest with yourself!
As women we often feel like we need to be strong for those around us, especially other women. Or is this only me? We need to act like we have it all together. We need to pretend like we can handle it all ourselves. We try our hardest to portray a perfect version of ourselves and then on the inside we feel alone. We feel like there can’t possibly be anyone else who is struggling with the same things as we are. So, what do we do? We keep in tucked down in the deepest parts of our being. We never let it see the light. We carry that pain with us every single day. And over time the emotional weight beats us down.
How I View My Past
Over the last ten months I have dug deep into my past. I have done a lot of work to redefine past trauma and I still have work to do, but the single most important thing I have learned is my struggles do not make me weak, they make me human. Your struggles don’t make you weak, they make you human. Struggles lead to growth. And sharing our struggles leads to connection. When you own you story, you can rewrite the ending.
Takeaways from Rachel Hollis
Rachel started the day off by diving right into triggers. She challenged us to identify our triggers and understand how we respond to those triggers. Once we identified that, she challenged us to change the cycle. You see, we can’t change our triggers, but we can change how we respond to our triggers. This was new to me and I am grateful for the tool she provided that will allow me to continue to change my trigger cycles.
After that we went through a powerful and emotional exercise called “Stand Up For Your Sister”. This is something that every woman needs to experience to fully understand the power of it. Each woman checked off past or current traumas on a piece of paper. The paper was then passed throughout the room. You didn’t know who had your paper and you didn’t know whose paper you had. One by one Rachel called out her trauma and if the box was checked on the paper you had – your sister’s paper – you stood up. This exercise made me very aware that we are not alone in our struggles. And it makes me want to share more openly, so you know you are not alone in your struggles.
Lastly, Rachel covered limiting beliefs and fear of failure. Rachel taught us how to overcome our limiting beliefs by giving each limiting belief a rational response and an empowering belief. This is an exercise I have done in the past and it is very impactful. After limiting beliefs she gave us tools to shift our perspective on failure. To embrace failure as a form of learning, instead of letting it stop us in our tracks.
Takeaways from Jen Hatmaker
Jen Hatmaker was the first guest speaker of the day. This was my first introduction to Jen and I really enjoyed her transparency and humour. She spoke about overcoming your past and going after your dreams. She encouraged us to stop living with a scarcity mindset and instead live with an abundance mindset. Nobody can bring your dream to life the way YOU can. Nobody can write your book, open your business or make your art. She taught us we, as women, are not in competition with one another. Another women’s success is your success because it chips away at that ceiling that was built over our heads. And lastly, she spoke straight to my heart when she talked about bringing your dream to light AND raising your children.
Takeaways from Trent Shelton
Trent Shelton! I am a huge fan. When I found out he was speaking at RISE, I was like yuppp he’s totally worth the price of admission alone. Seriously. If you don’t follow him, you’re missing out. The guy can deliver an hour keynote the exact same way he delivers his inspirational instagram videos. Check him out!
Trent spoke in the afternoon and blew me away. I could write an entire post on his keynote alone. Trent is a former NFL player, turned motivational speaker. He started his journey to change one life – his own – and as a result inspires millions to show their greatness. He spoke about having emotional resilience, turning your power in to pain, choosing your hard, creating a growth environment and the true meaning of purpose. I’ll leave you with the four things he recommends that you quit and how to turn your pain into power…
Trent Shelton’s 4 Things to Quit
- Quit trying to please everyone.
- Quit trying to control what is out of your control.
- Quit trying to be perfect and just be real.
- Quit measuring your life and start appreciating your life.
Trent Shelton’s How To Turn Your Pain Into Your Power
- ACKNOWLEDGE IT! You will never win by running from your battles.
- OWN IT!
- SHARE IT! Give your pain a voice. Serve through your story.
3 Takeaways I Am Implementing Today:
- Quitting ALL of “Trent Shelton’s 4 Things to Quit”
- Actively trying to fail at something in the next 30 days.
- Continuing to turn my pain into my power following Trent’s three step system.
There you have it… my takeaways from day 2. What resonates with you? Let me know in the comments below! And, be sure to check back tomorrow to read all about day 3 – own your future.
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