We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Hakes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Your habits dictate your life. I’ve been on my own journey and fully immersed in psychology and human potential for years. These have taught me that it’s possible to unlearn behaviors and patterns that don’t serve us such as procrastination, distraction, and other forms of numbing out. Becoming aware has given me the opportunity to be proactive in creating my ideal reality rather than reactive and living life by default. Some key habits that help keep me on track are morning routines – meditation, visualization and movement. This helps me to be intentional with my day. I have found that scheduling tasks is the best way to get them done rather than writing a to-do list. And, finally, I spend my free time listening to audios that motivate, inspire and teach me rather than watch the news or TV.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I left corporate in 2017 to pursue my passion of not working for someone else. I didn’t have a plan at the time but knew there had to be more to life than dreading Monday and cheering on Friday week in, and week out. I took a huge leap of faith and it’s been a wild ride! I know that any success – business, personal, financial is 20% mechanics (strategy or action) and 80% psychology. Knowing this, I do my best to be forward focused and proactive in my mindset through focus, energy and excited anticipation of what’s to come next. I spend time getting clear on my next goal or desire, and then I focus on what I can control – me. When you know the what and the why, you can allow the how to show up. When you come from a space of hustle and grind or trying to make things happen, you make it much more difficult. I have learned and teach my clients that when you only focus on the end result (rather than what is) and you have elevated emotion of gratitude, excitement, joy, abundance and more, the how will show up in magical ways.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Most people come to Colorado for the great outdoors. I would recommend: Hiking in Boulder (Royal Arch) or near Red Rocks. Drive through Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs. Plenty of breweries in RiNo, Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins to tour. Brunch is a must – especially a rooftop. I highly recommend Acova or Snooze. LoHi is a must if you like dining and nightlife and I would steer you towards Avanti, Recess and Postino.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am lucky to have my mom in my life – she’s my biggest cheerleader and mentor and introduced me to personal development when I was a teen. I have always been curious and an observer and this has lead me to where I am today.