from a “voice in my head as clear as my voice is now.”
But what exactly did it mean to “go for greatness”? As
Stanny followed the words, she realized that she’d been
using ego-based thinking in her focus on “millions.”
That direction ignored what her soul craved:
greatness—and the role of greatness in the success
and wealth of prosperous women.
Stanny had overlooked an important facet
of women and money. Her project wasn’t
about money in the conventional sense.
It was about the power women feel
and express once they get clear
about their greatness. When
women don’t become what
they’re supposed to be, God gets
noisy. There’s usually a crisis, a
rumbling, something’s telling
you it’s time to sit down and
listen because as Stanny
describes greatness, it’s
a wholly unexpected
kind of power. And
finding it and
unleashing it is
the essential work
of your soul.
Greatness, Stanny explains,
is not meant to be intimidating
or pie-in-the-sky unattainable.
It doesn’t mean fame or huge
amounts of financial wealth—
although those may very well
turn out to be the by-products.
Greatness simply means that you’ve
found your soul’s purpose, your bliss, and
you’ve put it into action in the world. This is
what leads to your sacred success. Greatness is
ultimately about serving the greater good in the unique
way you were divinely designed for and being richly
rewarded in the process. Stanny knew that she had to
put God into the discussion about money.
“When you bring the Divine into the conversation
with the almighty dollar,” she explains, “financial
success becomes not just about having more money, it
becomes a healing process, a transformational journey,
and a rite of passage into our power.” Stanny’s research
on all those women millionaires showed that they
weren’t really after the money—especially not after
they’d achieved security and stability. They were there
for the expression of greatness itself.
As Stanny sees it, the soul longs for connection and
expression. It wants out. Your greatness is your own
unique nature. It’s a gift that has a value—one for
which you should be well-paid. It’s also the part of you
that expresses the indwelling divine.
Stanny insists that all of us will get the call to
greatness. You don’t have to be on a retreat to have that
experience, but you do have to tune in and get quiet.
Spend some time with yourself each day and your soul
(and what it wants) will appear, and it will keep coming
up until you pay attention to the signs.
Power Is Coalition
Stanny describes being raised in a way that led her to
be uncomfortable with greatness. “We’re conditioned
out of our power,” she explains. “So much of my misery
came from the way I was raised as a girl.” Her life’s
work has been women-centered, helping women to
overcome the limitations of their upbringings and the
societal expectations that lead to ambivalence and fear
“Women are afraid of power because powerful
women have been punished for centuries,” Stanny says.
She describes the crises in her own journey that led
her to discover her power and take it back. Like many
women, Stanny let her husband (a stock broker) run
the finances. Without her knowledge, and hiding a
gambling problem, he mismanaged funds disastrously.
She found herself being a single mom with three
daughters, enormous tax bills, and an ex-husband
who’d left the country. When her father (the R of
income tax preparation giant H&R Block) refused to
help her, she had to face her terror and take control. She
described having to find the “feminine face of power.”
“A powerful woman is someone who knows who she
is, knows what she wants, and expresses that in the
world unapologetically,” Stanny explains. “That means
speaking up—asking for what we want and saying ‘no’