My name is Danika Zoe, and I am a leadership coach for high-potential women.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I would think it was from my first coach, Ellany, who helped me to understand that I don't have to live a life on anyone's terms but mine, no matter how weird it might seem to other people around me.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Dye your hair brown. You will feel more like yourself. You should trust yourself more and stop letting other people tell you what to think, do or feel. Trust yourself. Your future is fabulous.
What is your greatest fear?
I have a really reeallllyyy wonderful life. I try not to let my anxiety get the better of me, when thinking about all the things that could go wrong. I combat that by practicing mindfulness, focusing in on the present moment instead of what COULD happen.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
All the time, most people still don't know what coaching is, let alone able to envision a time when they might need it. Coaching is still a new profession, but I know that it will become as popular as having a personal trainer, soon. Who doesn't want a personal trainer for their brain?! Every elite athlete has a coach, why not high-potential humans?
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You are powerful beyond measure. The reason you don't use it is because it's scary to inhabit your full potential as a human, and even an inch of that power uncovered is a wonderful step forward into a life well-lived.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
I love living in Toronto!! I live near the beaches of Lake Ontario, close enough to transit to pop downtown to my office space. The city is green, fun, and bursting with tech, fashion and film energy. I have a fabulous group of friends and community that helps me to feel belonging, and am lucky enough to live in a house in this expensive city with my darling fiance & pet kitty!
What do you love most about yourself?
I love my own ability to just go for it. It's not easy, and I get better every time I leap, but I have this “fuck it, I’ll just try it and see what happens” attitude that has allowed me to learn fast, try and fail, and develop my own resilience :))
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
I got fired from my last job. It was a job that I thought was a “dream job” until I stepped in, lifted the curtain and found a nightmare behind. I would not trade that experience for the WORLD though, because it delivered a metric ton of learning about who I am, where I shine, and where I definitely do not!
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned along the way?
Let it go. Just, whatever thought or limiting belief or grudge or negative feeling you are holding, let it go. Release the grip, ask yourself if that thought is really true, choose to believe something different instead. We all have the power to change our thoughts, and part of that is letting go of thoughts that are not serving us anymore. Practice letting it go. Whoosh.
I love the freedom of travel, I love the education that I get when I learn about how others live, and the sense of interconnectedness I feel as I move around the world, because, in reality we are all very similar, wanting love, laughter and belonging. I love to see how we fill those needs in different ways, and I also love FOOD, trying new meals and dishes is always thrilling, giving my tastebuds an adventure too.
What motivates you most?
Joy + Abundance. As I grow more in tune with true prosperity, I see that creating more wealth and abundance for myself enables me to do great things for my business and community, and that generating wealth is not something to be ashamed of or left unclaimed. With more wealth, I can hire more people, reach more people, and create more innovative products that serve MORE high-potential humans!
How do you manage your work-life balance?
I used to get irritated with the 24/7 nature of my small business, but now I find I am more in flow with my weird days, and spend time with myself in the morning and early afternoons, which are slower for me.
What is your favorite meal?
Breakfast. For lunch and dinner. Any time of day. Bring on the maple syrup!
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I usually journal and reflect, sometimes daily, definitely weekly and monthly. I ask myself what I am learning, what I am grateful for, what needs to be changed, and what I am doing really well. If anything is feeling challenging, I will usually try and learn or teach about it - teaching is a great way to learn something.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I need a ton of alone time. I present as very extroverted but I need to be alone to recharge.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would still probably be helping people and investigating human behavior. A private eye? An international spy? A neurobiologist?
What is something on your bucket list?
I have 50+ countries to still visit, and the experience of living abroad with my honey is next up on the list. We are building a house in Goa that we aim to spend six months of the year in.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
Can I start with just one?? It has to be the time when my fiance proposed - at my birthday party! I had no idea he was going to pop the question that evening, and being surrounded by my family and friends was the most memorable part - we had a wild celebration and I was floating - and laughing, he totally tricked me into thinking it would happen two weeks later by telling me the ring wasn't ready!
Where do you find inspiration?
My Instagram is an inspiration zone, and I very selectively follow inspiring peeps on my email, like creativemornings, postanly, and notes from the universe.
I am inspired by things that happen in my life, and marvel at all that I learn about myself through working with my clients and their challenges. I love pondering their deep questions with them - they are up to so many inspiring things!!
What are your biggest passions?
My biggest passions are travel and adventure, so I spend a lot of time thinking about my next adventure, planning what I will be doing and maximizing my experience. I love to try new things and get out of my comfort zone, and travel is one way of doing that. I also love the outdoors, my orange cat Zoe (no relation), cooking, and dancing my butt off.
More About Danika
Danika is a fierce advocate for your greatness: together we find that courageous, radiant person you were born to be. The world is in serious need of your brilliance, it's waiting as soon as you are ready to leap for it.