How to Design Your Destiny

What You Will Learn In This Episode 

In this episode, Lisa Marie Platske shares her incredible story of going from Law Enforcement to Entrepreneurship. She shares how she has created her destiny by design by making her marriage a priority and designing a life that would support her in having an incredible marriage. She reveals tangible advice about how to be a real leader. You are going to love Lisa’s ability to share truth and life-changing principles through her stories and willingness to serve. Did I mention that Lisa is an award-winning leadership expert recognized by the White House and best-selling author in five countries?!

What I loved About This Interview 

A better question to ask is what didn’t I love about this interview? Um… nothing! It was AMAZING!! Lisa’s willingness to serve is so big it barely fit on the show. Her story was so incredible and I loved that it resonated so strongly with the beliefs I have about living in priority and to honor the seasons of our life. 

Lisa shared an incredible story of choosing love over work recognition, turning weaknesses into strength, and the power of true service. I am truly blown away by this conversation and will likely listen to it several times to squeeze all the wisdom drops out of it! 

Who is Lisa?

Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer after 9/11 to become the CEO of international leadership development company, Upside Thinking, Inc. In this role, she has mentored over 10,000 leaders on how to grow a bigger vision, create a meaningful brand, and position their expertise so they increase their impact and influence. 

An award-winning leadership expert recognized by the White House and Small Business Administration, Lisa Marie’s vision is to create a world where everyone wins. Destiny Designing is her superpower and business coaching and speaking are her vehicles. She works with outliers, trailblazers and boat rockers, coaching leaders around the globe — and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. 

An international best-selling author in 5 countries, Lisa Marie has written 7 books – and is also the Founder of Design Your Destiny LiveTM, a 3-day leadership conference held for the past 11 years in Manhattan Beach California the last week of January. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her loving and supportive husband Jim and their pet fox. 

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Bonus Wisdom

These are questions that I asked Lisa outside our interview. You are going to love her answers!

What is 1 thing you believe every woman entrepreneur should know?

(theoretical) How to lead and be leaders without losing themselves along the way ~~~ (practical) Cash flow, how to prioritize

When is a time in your life when you went through a challenge or felt like giving up?

Last year.

How did you overcome this?

I got very quiet– still in a way. Spent a lot of time in prayer.  I did a lot of forgiveness work– forgiveness of myself and others.  Spent time with my family and friends.

What did you learn from it?

My performance isn’t dependent on God’s love for me. Sometimes the hardest things produce the biggest gifts. Regardless of the question, love is always the answer.

What is the one area of life or business you are an expert in?

Leadership. And also, specifically, the part of leadership that requires us to live in the constant dance of courageous vulnerability. 

What is one thing you want to share about this that will make all the difference for women?

Have the courage to have a bold vision, be courageously vulnerable, and use your voice to speak your truth.

What is one thing that you wish someone told you that you had to learn the hard way?

That you could do everything right and still not have it work out.

Please tell me about your family.  What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with balancing work, family, and taking care of yourself?

Working from home has required me to figure out boundaries and self-regulation– to find that optimal balance. (physical) ~ Understanding someone will often be disappointed, even when you try hard to consider everyone in the mix.  (emotional)

What did you learn from this challenge?

How to speak my truth and ask for what I need.

What helps you balance these roles now?

My clear why (the bigger purpose I have for doing my work), commitment to living the values that I hold dear, and keeping focused– to be most effective and stay aligned with my why and commitment.

What is one resource that you love (a book, app, service)?

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If you have written books or have a blog, what are the titles and where can I find them?

  • Speaking of Success (released in 2006 – out of print)
  • Designing Your Destiny (on my website – released in 2007)
  • Turn Possibilities into Realities (released in 2015 – Amazon – international bestseller)
  • 7 Keys to Mastering Connection (audiobook only – released in 2016)
  • Connection: The New Currency (released in 2012 – out of print
    • 2nd edition released in 2019 – Amazon) – international best-seller

If you have written several books, which one is most relevant to women intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs?

Most relevant to women intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs would depend on what they wanted – Turn Possibilities #1, Connection #2.

If you have written a book, would you recommend self-publishing or traditional publishing & why?

Self. For control of the decisions around publishing, advertising, etc.

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