Wednesday was a little bit of a crazy day for me, starting out on Television... Whoop.. Step Back... Let me explain..
I was scheduled to teach a workshop in the evening on Wednesday. Well, at some point on Tuesday while out on a field waiting for Vegkid's school olympics to start, I got a text asking if I could be at a TV Studio the next morning to promote the workshop.
"Ummm... Sure, I suppose"
And then I freaked out just a little bit. Me ON TV, what would I say? How should I look? Would I make a fool of myself while representing the gym where the workshop was to be held?
In the coaching world we call that STINKIN' THINKIN'! And man did I have it... ALL - NIGHT - LONG!
After all, I have trouble with my words on a good day let alone in front of LIVE TV at 7am.. Sure I can host workshops, train, coach and teach. But behind a camera and on LIVE Television... There are no Do-Overs! No chance to fix the way you look or adjust something that you said. Once it is out there.. Yeah.. it is out there!
Yet on my vision board, there is a note that says "BE ON TV".... I was! Now I can remove that from the vision board and make room for something else.
As for being on TV... Yeah, I ended up appearing directly after the new donut shop story and the weatherman chanting: "Mmmm Bacon Maple Donuts".. It was classic. As in the perfect moment that I couldn't have planned better if I had done it myself. I didn't totally freeze and feel like I answered the questions well. However I did look like a fool swallowed by a giant couch, but that is OK... Much respect to those that do that kind of thing for a living.
Moving on... I mentioned it was a crazy day.. First the morning news, then a crazy gym workout to clear my head and then off to my old stomping ground.
I had to drop something off to a friend that still works at the building I used to work at. It didn't dawn on me until I walked up to the building that it had been almost three years since I'd been there last.
In fact it had been Exactly THREE years since my first Earthfest Booth. It had been three years since I decided my career was officially going to change.
The Stinkin Thinkin started to flow in to my head as I pulled in to that parking spot:
"Wow, I should have so many more clients if I've been doing this for three years"
"I should have a better plan by now, completed more, found my secret sauce"
"After three years, it should be easier. I shouldn't be running around like crazy, representing other businesses instead of my own, and I should have a better focus, a better vision"
Then the other side of my brain popped in to action (the part that I actually choose to listen to):
"OH My KALE... be quiet mean brain! Look at all you HAVE accomplished and all the people whose lives have changed in just three years, and only because you decided to do this for a living. Thousands of people through classes, workshops, articles, personal coaching, groups and challenges have been touched by your words. Look at all the success stories, the happiness spread, the confidence built."
"In three years, you went from a person who has never lifted 10 pounds to competing in strength competitions and now training youth athletes. Heck you have a medal that says "Badass" on it, so it must be true"
"In three years, you've created friendships that will last a life time, lost friends, buried your mom, her husband, two other relatives, and two treasured pups. You dealt with your husband not working to finding himself again and started a new company with nothing but a passion to make a difference in people's lives."
"In three years, you've recreated who you are capable of being, lost weight, became stronger, lead by example, finished school, completed extra courses, got three certifications, created processes, inspired others, and continued to raise a young man in to the adult that he will become"
"In three years, people have invited you in to their homes, businesses, and lives to assist in the changes that they were ready to make. You have provided advice to hundreds of other coaches, been asked to appear as a guest on calls and webinars, created online programs, and built a new inner voice that has found her happy!
On Tuesday while sitting on the field waiting for VegKid's School Olympics to start and after I received the text to be on the morning news; another Mom asked me this question:
"I'm thinking of starting my own business so I can leave my corporate job. Looking back, do you regret making that decision?"
And I replied with certainty:
On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to visit with a two times cancer thriver that I'm coaching toward her wellness journey. She had hope! For the first time in 20yrs, she was taking care of her self, had a pep in her step and was feeling amazing. She had light in her eyes again and a plan to live her life on her terms. She found her Happy!!
That, THAT is why I do what I do. It is why I did what I did. It is why three years later, I wouldn't change a thing!
My Wednesday was a Crazy Day! one of reflection, mental clarity, facing fear. It started with a Morning News segment, and ended with a workshop at a gym across town.
In between; I worked with clients, helped people at the gym, spent time with my son, planned my talk, and visited my old stomping ground to drop off some auction papers to a friend.
That is when I realized it had ONLY been THREE years since I started my new career path!
Three Years that I wouldn't trade for anything and a career path that is still winding. A path that may never come with a map, has no destination but that I will follow anyways.
That corporate job may have brought me to a curve in the road but that curve brought me to place within myself that I never thought possible or even dreamed of. It allowed me to start a company with nothing but a passion to create change in people's lives.
From here, anything is possible!