I got to thinking about feet this week.

If you’ve visited my other coaching website, www.careerlifebalance.net, you’ve seen that my CLB logo is a pair of bare feet. To me, the feet represent balance, and the yin and yang energies which stabilize us. Just like we need to have both feet on the ground to stand steadily, we need to have balance in order to be successful.

The first time I really experienced Reiki in my body, I felt it in my feet. It was like a floodgate opening. That spoke volumes about my need for grounding and stability in my life. Today, I’m certified as a Reiki Master, and one thing I find when I work with people in this way is a lack of that groundedness. To some, finding that connection to earth might seem like a waste of valuable time. “Why spend an hour just being,” they ask, “when I could be doing?” We all want to feel productive – but believe me, it’s hard to walk when your feet don’t want to stay on the ground!

The tallest trees have the deepest roots. In the same way, you need to do more than just grow taller and branch out in order to be successful. You need to find a deep source of nourishment to sustain you while you grow. For me, this sustenance comes from Reiki, yoga, meditation, and spending time with my family. When I don’t do these things – when I let that fiery yang energy take over – I can literally feel my feet leaving the earth.

If you’re feeling less than grounded these days, it might be time to take another look at your Wheel of Life. The Wheel divides your life into eight parts, like slices of a pizza. When you map out your days using this simple tool, it’s easy to see what areas are taking up too much of your energy, and what areas you might be neglecting. When you spend too much time and effort trying to improve one or two parts of your life, it’s a lot like trying to stand on one foot all day. You need to have both feet firmly planted while you reach for the sky, otherwise you’ll end up falling over and skinning your knees. Click Here to download Wheel of Life and 101 Things

One of my most important jobs as a coach is to help people get grounded in their power and purpose – to get both feet on the ground, if you will. Career-Life Balance isn’t a goal, or a destination; it’s an ebb and flow. A little bit of give and take, of shifting from foot to foot, is natural and normal. But once you get the hang of it, and you’re comfortable standing on both feet, you can begin to take baby steps in a new direction. Eventually, you’ll find yourself walking confidently down your path toward success.


Dawn Quesnel, CPCC, PCC, known as Coach DQ, is a professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader. Through the use of her B.R.I.D.G.E. programs she helps marketing, advertising, and creative entrepreneurs navigate career or business transition while maintaining a healthy career-life balance. Her core belief that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to, consistently leads clients to uncover hidden resources and strengths. B.R.I.D.G.E. the gap and accelerate your career so you can love your life now! Visit www.CareerLifeBalance.net or http://www.coachdq.com today or for more information email me.

As a certified professional coach, radio show host and workshop leader, Dawn helps sales, marketing, advertising and creative entrepreneurs to accelerate their career so they’ll love their life!


  1. Hey DQ –

    Beautifully written. I appreciate how you express the importance and relevancy of being grounded. Amen, sister! And tying it to the wheel of life/life balance is great and so helpful. Your words serve as a reminder to replant ourselves and reflect on where we are spending most of our time and focus – especially in this day and age where we are constantly plugged into technology and running around.

    With appreciation,
    Lora xo

  2. admin says:

    Thank you so much Lora. I agree with you and have made it a regular practice to disconnect from my computer and email at least one full day on the weekend.

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