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Lessons from a success coach: follow your passion and just say ‘no’

On Wednesday morning, I attended a breakfast meeting for local business moms and ‘mompreneurs’. It was hosted by momcafe Tri-Cities and the theme was ‘Putting the Heart and Soul in Your Business’.

Now, I don’t consider myself a business woman, although technically, I do run my own (fairly casual) personal training business. Neither am I an entrepreneur; there’s nothing original about the job I do (except of course, that it’s me that does it and I have my own fabulous style!). But I joined momcafe Tri-Cities for the opportunity to broaden my social circle and perhaps learn a few things.

And learn I did!

After 30 minutes of networking and perusing the Stella and Dot table, we settled down with our coffee and pastries (no non-sugar options available ;( ) to listen to the morning’s three speakers. Two moms with lots of experience launching online businesses (one of them had 4!) and the success coach that helped them find their way.

The success coach blew me away. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Everything she said seemed to be directed at me. She was passionate and engaging and life changing.

She talked about the importance of letting your inner passions guide you. Turning the thing you love most into the thing you get to do for a living. Realizing that delaying moving forward says more about self-doubt than time availability. Learning to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t bring you joy.

“Every time you say ‘yes’ to something that you really don’t want to do, you’re saying ‘no’ to yourself”

Her words were powerful and motivating and have ignited a fire inside me to move forward with some projects that I’ve been stalling on for awhile. Projects that I’ve been blaming ‘lack of time’ on, rather than prioritizing my time and dropping a few ‘energy suckers’ from my weekly agenda.

In life, as in fitness, not having time is an excuse. We all have the same amount of time, it’s what we do with it that counts!

Have you ever been to see a success or life coach?

Tell me about your experience!