We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanisha Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tanisha, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The very most important thing is continual inner transformation and growth.

Running a business is like driving a car. You can maintain it, put gas in it, have GPS tell you where to go… but if the driver is not paying attention, pointing the vehicle somewhere else, driving for too long without stretching her legs, or falling asleep, you are not likely to get to your destination safely, if at all.

Likewise, we generally overvalue the yang aspects – the vehicle, the tactics, the outward path to our goal, but tragically undervalue the yin driver – us, our mindset, our self-acceptance and love, our putting our well-being first so we can give those we serve through our businesses the very best of ourselves.

This isn’t woo-woo cliché – this is the real problem behind all of our problems. It’s also the real driver behind all of our success!

Even when entrepreneurs “know” this, we still too often find ourselves not *actually living* by this, the most important part of “doing what it takes” to take our business and ourselves to the next level of success!

When I step back, evaluate where I”M at, and make necessary shifts, my business thrives, new clients flock to me, current clients and students excel is new ways. It feels like the craziest thing, but it’s all about the root, me, feeding the proper nutrients into the tree of my business so my people can enjoy the fruit they came to eat!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I was a 3rd and 4th degree black belt, I found myself in an abusive marriage. I naively thought I was the special one to be the only one who could help him, because I was strong, and I was also the only one who knew his over 150 unique personalities.

Sacrificing myself for him didn’t help either one of us, and we became desperate for change and financial growth. I found the courage to try implementing some of the personal development and Universal Law principles I had been learning

In 30 days, the inner work I had to do to even TRY, awakened a new recognition in me – for the first time in my life, I found out that I matter and that I have actual power in my life. I tripled my income, moved the Kung Fu school to a new, bigger space, broke my trauma-bond with my husband, and left my destructive marriage. Those 30 days changed the trajectory of my entire life.

After several years of healing brought me to a new place of loving myself I realized it was time to bring myself and my business out of survival mode and really start to live our purpose.

I put my transformation coaching work and kung fu school under one empowerment umbrella called 7-Star Phoenix. As you would expect, the phoenix represents powerful rebirth from turbulent ashes. The seven stars are yin, yang, and the five Chinese elements, and together they indicate full harmony within yourself and with all of Existence.

Through my journey, I found out that it’s not about a perfect life, but a perfect love, for yourself. This is the message I want others to receive from me and from 7-Star Phoenix. Because it’s your life, show up and kick ass!

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?
First thing on the first morning, we’d head out to Lake Pueblo or one of the gorgeous mountain lakes with paddleboards to be quiet, invigorated, adventurous and serenely one with nature! Bonus if we can camp out to be able to get on the lake at sunrise when the water is smooth glass reflecting magical gold joy.

We’d hit some of my favorite Indian and Thai places in Colorado Springs, and the fantastic vegan food and best ginger beer ever – like a spicy lemonade to die for – at The Burrowing Owl. For a quick drive-through lunch, we’d hit up Santana’s Vegan Grill.

For arts and culture, we might find one of my kung fu students playing as a guest guitarist with the Philharmonic, or with his jazz band Hennessy 6 at The Gold Room. Check out the old and new displays at Fine Arts Center. And listen to live music in the courtyard at the Cinemark at First and Main before a movie.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My kung fu students and coaching clients for being so badass and keeping me upping my game to support them in bigger and better ways.

The coach who inspired me to dare to do something and be something different, which completely changed my life in 30 days.

My friend and former manager, Wade Denes, WJD Media, for encouraging me to write my upcoming book, 150 Husbands, A Memoir for Hope and Transformation.

Website: 7StarPhoenix.com

Instagram: @7StarPhoenix

Twitter: @7StarPhoenix

Facebook: @7StarPhoenix

Other: 7StarPhoenixKungFu.com 150Husbands.com

Image Credits
Nancy Dudley, Regina Shea, Wade Denes

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