It’s Lonely at the Top … or, Is It?

by candy barone Mar 21, 2022

As leaders, executives, and business owners, we often get told and believe that “it’s lonely at
the top.” That the higher you go and grow, the more you stand on an island of one.


What if, or better yet, imagine if … that was not the case.


Imagine if, instead of feeling isolated, alone, and like the lone wolf out on a limb by yourself, you could connect in more powerful and meaningful ways to other thought leaders just like yourself.


Because the reality is, there are far more opportunities to lean in, plug in, than you might think. And, more than ever, leaders need a safe space to be vulnerable, to get raw, real and gritty, and to be able to discuss and navigate the very challenges presenting in light of how business and the landscape has changed over the past few years.



Often leaders, executives, and business owners think they have to keep showing up as superheroes—resilient and invincible on every level. That you are here to carry the weight of it all, no matter what, and that success lies fully on your shoulders.


That you are the one responsible … responsible for your business, for your growth, for your
team, for your clients, for your family … and, the list goes on and on. So many times, you take
on this role to the detriment and extreme cost of your own sanity, wellness, and peace.


You feel like there isn’t anyone you can really lean on, that you need to keep wearing a brave face, a mask, holding your shit together, and not letting all the pieces fall apart.


Yet, what I hear too often is that so many leaders also are losing sleep as they think about the
unknowns, as they try to see around the corners and into their blindspots, and as they assess
and evaluate all the impact the past few years have had on their people, their business, and
their own well-being.


I hear so many leaders say, “Candy, do you really want to know what keeps me up at night? It’s the fear that what if, after all this, I find out I did more damage than good to the people I care most about … my family and my team … because I just didn’t know better or know what to do.”


And, many of those same leaders break down. They have meltdowns, or let themselves let go
for just a moment where the world just comes crashing down. I can feel the weight they are
carrying and it breaks my heart. They need to grieve, too. And, I find they need to just be able to have place to “let their hair down” and just breathe.


Now, imagine if, for a moment … you had a sacred space to be seen, heard, valued, and
respected, AND a space where you could just be human, and just yourself.


Imagine if … ah, the power of possibilities. The power to see the reality in a different perspective. The power to open up access to a new way of approaching things, and to realize it does’t have to be this way. Imagine if … there was a way.


There is.

Actually, there are several powerful ways you can tap into these possibilities. It all starts by realizing that you do not have to go at this alone. You do not have to take on the responsibility of everyone and everything. And, you absolutely do not have to carry all these challenges,
unknowns, and built-up emotion by yourself.


For the cost when you choose to carry it all is far too big.


It impacts your health and your spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, and energetic wellbeing. It impacts your relationships, especially those at home. It causes sleepless nights, addictive
behaviors to take the “edge off,” and creates imbalances in your nervous system, adrenals and body. It gets into your cells, your DNA, and it feels heavy, dense and like you are drowning in despair, frustration, overwhelm, anxiety, and burn out.


Not a way to powerfully live your life, or lead your living legacy. You are worth much more than that. You are worth investing in bringing yourself back to life and to create real fulfillment, peace, joy, and freedom in your life.


For, the ROI when you realize you don’t have to carry it all … is truly life-changing.


You get to reclaim your power and get your life back. You actually learn the meaning of balance and harmony in your life. You see solutions that never would have been possible before. You navigate around corners and blindspots with more ease and grace. And, you get challenged in your own thinking to expand beyond what you think is truly possible.


You might ask, how is that really possible?


Well, first imagine if you could be part of a peer advisory group with other CEOs, executives,
and business owners who are challenged with similar issues. Irregardless of industry, niche, or market, most leaders experience the same types of challenges, frustrations, and imbalances.

Next, imagine if in those peer groups, you could get raw, real, gritty, open, and vulnerable.
Imagine if, you could feel seen, heard, valued, challenged, supported, and deeply respected.
Imagine if you could simply be human, and share both your personal and professional truths.


Then, imagine if you also could work with an executive coach in an intimate capacity, one-to-one, to go ever deeper. To help you navigate the difficult realities and to vet out the topics that you could bring to address and solution with your advisory group. Someone who would support you, champion you, challenge you, and help hold you accountable.


Imagine if you could plug into powerful leadership and growth tools and resources that were
curated to meet the demanding needs and issues you constantly are facing. Imagine if all that
was accessible anytime you needed it.


You see, simply by believing it is possible, those channels and pathways become real and
available. Leaders need to come together right now in powerful ways to support each other, to lift each other up, and to play a bigger, more impactful game together.


Long gone are the days of the lone wolf, the isolated CEO, and the detached business
owner. We now are in a time to access a blank canvas, a new landscape, an expanded
way to lead our living legacy … one of connection, community, and collaboration.


So my challenge and invitation to you is this: Imagine if you gave yourself permission to explore what’s possible. Imagine if you ventured into a different way to feel supported in your business, in your life. Imagine surrounding yourself with other humble, hungry, heart-centered thought leaders and what that would do for your business, and more importantly, for you personally.


If you can imagine it, and would like to know how to tap into these sacred spaces, please reach out so that we can have a conversation about what that might look like for you. For I build, facilitate, and create these containers and peer advisory groups for leaders to be able to come to the table with their peers.


Together, we then are able to navigate the courageous conversations that matter most, and to explore the possibilities to help you create powerful solutions to the current challenges you face, execute the work required to get the greatest return, and create more balance, harmony, joy, fulfillment, and peace in your life and in your business.


Isn’t it time to imagine if … and, lean in?


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