To quote an old Grateful Dead song… ”What a long strange trip it’s been“!
I have been a health coach for nine years and although I have loved every minute of it, some of the hard lessons I could have done without.
Our children are our mirrors
I think it’s like having children. Often times I think that our children are our biggest mirrors, we learn so much about ourselves by looking at them.
Like the time my little two year old stormed across the floor saying; “sh#*, sh#*, sh#*!”
I would have told anyone that I didn’t curse, up until that day. Pretty sure I was the only one she was mimicking.
Your business is your mirror
Our businesses are like our kids in much the same way, as they are also mirrors.
The biggest thing that I learned about myself through the journey of creating my business was that sometimes I am not balanced. If I spent too much time in “give mode,” I would eventually become burned out and even resentful if I wasn’t charging my clients enough. I would also start overdoing, feeling like I needed to do more, (pleasing mode).
On it’s own giving is a good thing, but it doesn’t always build your bank account if you are not in balance.
Creativity can be a blessing and a curse
The other thing that I learned about myself was that I am too creative for my own good. I tend to go from one thing to another, never staying rooted in one project long enough to see it bloom.
It’s great to create, but you have to then shift to promotion mode. While promoting you must shelve all creating of other projects or you will never get anywhere.
Let me repeat that, you must do nothing else but promote after creating.
If you feel like an octopus going in all different directions at once, it’s probably because you are switching back and forth between create and promote. You have to be in one place or the other… PERIOD!
Your career is a reflection of your inner story
It’s hard to digest that our career and how we handle it is a reflection of our inner selves.
Maybe you keep changing directions, always trying to figure out how you contribute to the world and then never seeing anything to completion.
The truth is your career is not separate from the rest of your life, it’s a part of your life. We all want to make a difference in the world, we want to spread love and understanding. The sticky part can be when you feel this passion, but haven’t a clue how to get your message out to the world.
We need to check in with ourselves and see where our resistance is. If you are hiding a low self esteem you may not think your work is good enough. Or maybe you have always had a money struggle so now you don’t know how to charge.
You need passion and business skills to succeed
Your career is meant to connect with your passion, but business is business. So many health coaches just don’t know the steps. They have more passion than business going on and this is keeping them in lack.
You need a system to follow, like a road map that brings you to success!
It’s really important to have a system and stick with it. I learned the hard way what to do and not do when it comes to promoting your business.
When you finally get it, you will feel like the clouds parted and you can see straight to the sun.
You don’t need to go through years of struggle to see the sun, your mission will be crystal clear and focused if you follow a set plan.
Each and every one of us is put here for a reason
I do believe that each and everyone of us is put on this earth for a reason. Deep down I know you believe it too, but you may be trying to quiet that voice in your head. You may be going through the motions of working but not feeling fulfilled.
Write down a list of what you love and what you’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be about work but it will help. Then write down where you are now?
Do you love what you do, but you are just not making enough money at it? Or are you feeling stuck and in a rut?
I think work should look like a yoga pose. You learn how to find your edge, we call it “gentle discomfort.” You won’t progress unless you are pushing just a little past your edge. Oh and then you breathe..
Stay tuned for our next live Academy launch and if you can’t wait, or are a super self starter, register for the Self Study course. This course will take you on a linear journey, uniting your passion with business skills and done-for-you content.
Who says you can’t have it all?