2016 was a very important year for me. After years of trying to do more and be more, I read a book called Simply Tuesday and realized I needed to simplify my life and my goals, and get even clearer on what brought me happiness. In the book, author Emily Freeman talks about the beauty of being small, which is something I never really thought about before. I always looked at what was lacking in my life and assumed I needed to improve and be like others. I had been taught to focus hard on growing my platform. But Simply Tuesday helped me realize that what I need to focus on in EVERY aspect of my life is connection.
Connection to myself, my family, the Divine, and you, my reader.
I began to ask myself some very important questions about what I actually needed to do for my business, and what brought me the most joy, plus what I absolutely hated doing and needed to eliminate from my life.
I realized the following:
+ I only want to work with a handful of coaching clients per year and focus more on my writing projects
+ I want to get a book deal from a major publishing house
+ I want to do more holistic lifestyle posts because I’m passionate about wellness and want to share with you my journey as a holistic Wife & Mother
+ I want to have more speaking opportunities, but only if they feel right to me ( not too big of a crowd)
Then, something interesting started to happen. Just by getting clear on these things, I started to manifest what brought me joy. I got an amazing speaking opportunity as a guest lecturer at a local University, and I’m proud to now be a writer for Lonely Planet. I’ve also got a handful of fantastic Ideal Clients I adore working with.
You see, I am not motivated by money. I mean, I need it to pay the bills and I enjoy traveling ( and buying the occasional vintage dress) but I’m much, much more motivated and excited by having meaningful experiences. This is exactly what Tim Ferriss talked about in 4 Hour Workweek regarding the value of time over money. Time is more important, and I want to use that time wisely. I have family members battling cancer and want to move closer to them, and my family & I want explore Canada, which is where we plan to move to this year.
Now that I’ve shifted my focus on what brings me joy, I feel more motivated with the work I do.
The most important thing you can do as a Life or Health Coach is balance what brings you joy and what brings your clients joy. You can’t please everyone, but you can set goals for how you want your clients to feel, and how you want to feel when you’re in a session. And you can create coaching packages & courses that are right for YOU, even if no other coach out there is offering the particular service you’re offering. In fact, it’s probably a good thing if your biz is standing out!
You have permission to have less clients and more time for yourself and your passions. You can structure your business around what brings you joy and what hours work best for your unique self. You can start being more of an infopreneur and offer coaching in the form of eCourses or even blog posts. There are no rules here!
This year, focus on doing what’s essential for you & your clients, and leave out that which weighs you down, even if others tell you those things are essential. Only you know what brings you joy.