We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Stansfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Personally, I think we need to reconsider how we label or describe situations where an individual decides to take a step in a new direction or engage in life in a new and unfamiliar way. By definition, a “risk” is “a situation involving exposure to danger”. If an individual is engaging in life with that definition, they may be terrified to embrace change or explore new possibilities. Viewing a possible new experience through the lens of “potential harm or danger” carries a very negative energy or vibration. Where and how we put our focus is how we engage and experience life. If I believe that taking action poses a real threat, I am more likely to put my energy and focus onto what I don’t want to happen versus the positive response(s) that I do want to manifest. When I work with clients, we spend a lot of time re-working negative thoughts about change and engaging in new experiences. A phrase that I prefer is “intentional exploration”. When we explore possibilities and change from a lens of curiosity and excitement about the unknown, our energy and vibration is positive and we can attract positive things and experiences into our life. Another process that I do with clients involves having them intentionally identify possible obstacles that could occur when they take on a new role or embrace a new opportunity. Naming the possible obstacle helps us control the fear the of “what if????” The second part of that process is developing a plan or strategy for how to deal with that obstacle should it occur. Again, removing the fearful thoughts about putting oneself in danger and replacing them with a positive mindset of, “I’ve got this.”
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Becoming the professional that I am today was not an easy journey. The biggest obstacle in the journey was me! I had developed many limiting beliefs about my own personal worth that kept me from being able to show up as my authentic-self and align with my true purpose and joy. I was continually looking to others for evidence that I was good enough, smart enough, worthy enough to be successful and happy as a professional. In 2016, the self-inflicted emotional suffering that I was putting myself through took its toll and I bottomed out. I look back at that time now with the deepest gratitude. If I had not had the experience of an emotional “crash and burn” I wouldn’t have been able to change paths and embrace a completely new journey in life that brought me to where I am today. I had the opportunity to set out and find the “next horizon” in my professional life where I could shed the beliefs and stories that no longer served me. I was finally able to recognize and connect with the amazing being that was me. It was this experience that inspired me to create my coaching and consulting company, Next Horizon C&C. The mission of Next Horizon C&C is to empower individuals to recognize potential, identify goals and realize dreams. As a career and life clarification coach, I help individuals find clarity, purpose, authenticity and JOY in their professional lives. I also consult with and coach small business owners to intentionally create cultures of employee engagement that ensure results driven performance. What sets me apart from other professionals in my field are my transformational coaching skills and my highly engaging and energetic public speaking ability. I have a broad educational background and professional development training that includes an M.Ed. in Organizational Development and certifications as a Holistic Narrative Career Professional, Wayfinder Life Coach and QSCA Law of Attraction Coach, Educating, coaching and supporting others so that they can manifest their best professional lives is my personal gift and joy
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If friends were visiting me at my home in Loveland, CO, I would definitely take them to downtown Loveland. The area has been going through a fabulous re-development and has so many new restaurants, boutiques and even a brand new Metrolux theater. One of my favorite favorite restaurants in downtown is Door 222. They offer fantastic cocktails a variety of tapas /starters and seasonal entrees. I practice a gluten free diet and the Door 222 menu is completely accessible to me. A hike at Devils Backbone county park would also be on the agenda as well as, wine tasting at Sweetheart Winery. Loveland is an artist community and is quite well known for sculpture. The Benson Sculpture garden is a fantastic outdoor park/art exhibition that hosts the annual, Sculpture in the Park, the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the country.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, David, has always supported me in every way when it comes to who I want to be as a professional in my life. He never judged my choices or decisions about the changes I made in my career and the professional development experiences and training I engaged in. He is my biggest fan and loves to promote me and my work to whoever will listen. We are a powerful team and I would never have been able to create the amazing life I am living without his friendship, love and support.
Julie Ulstrup Photography