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!


  1. Deanna Jones says:

    My husband had a business coach for years (very similar to ‘life’ coach). He is not a touchy feely guy, in fact he would bawk at some of my leadership ideas that would stretch him beyond his comfort zone (although secretly would implement them). He would say that his experience helped him become a better leader with improved clarity. He found that the coach was a good sounding board to keep his ego in check. In other words am I making this decision for the right reasons? Fear? Pride?Will it move me forward? Backward? Is it in line with my vision?

    I have hired coaches in the past for clients and there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that you get the most out of the experience:
    1. Fit is critical, do you connect with this person? Interview at least 3 coaches to get the best fit.
    2. Most coaches will offer the initial session at no charge.
    3. Choose someone that is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is therefore governed by professional practice and ethics guidelines.
    4. Have potential coaches spell out what services they deliver, and what the total cost of those services will be. Also, what sort of commitment does the coach ask for? Stay away from long term contracts, at the most commit to three months.

    I say go for it! You everything to gain and nothing to lose!!

  2. Great to hear you had such a positive experience with your success coach encounter!
    It’s a rewarding career choice for sure.

    Another great take on “Every time you say ‘yes’ to something that you really don’t want to do, you’re saying ‘no’ to yourself” is…..if it’s not a ‘Hell Yes!’, let it be a ‘Hell No!’.

  3. What a great experience! My husband has become quite the entrepreneur and we’ve been doing a lot of research on personal development and success coaching. This is such a positive experience and its really encouraging! Thank you so much for sharing!


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