In August 2018 we celebrated 4 years since my coaching business was first created and it’s come a long way baby!
I had just closed my property management and personal assistant company ‘Simply Organised’ and was working part time in my running and fitness business ‘Run To Become’ and part time temping for some extra cash. You gotta do, what you gotta do!
I was starting again, again! Well at least that’s what it felt like…
After years trying to make it as an actor and entrepreneur it felt like it would never happen… actually that’s not true, I’ve always known it would but I was frustrated with it not happening.
I looked at why other businesses hadn’t paned out the way I hoped and what I truly wanted to do next.
I followed my intuition and in 2014 created a blog to share my experiences and journey of: self-development, spirituality, business and fitness.
The lifestyle blog and community Bodhi Babes was born!
I wrote daily! Not for any other reason than I wanted to and was inspired to.
I followed my heart, soul and calling.
The blog and writing led to some amazing experiences and opportunities; including: contributing to Hay House’ blog and being invited to their events and parties, writing for Psychologies blog, speaking at Mind, Body, Spirit Festival and so much more.
I was also approached by women wanting support and coaching on confidence, business and wellbeing, so the business was initially created with a handful of coaching clients, working on their confidence and desires.
It has grown, day by day from there and I have continued to show up, invest and learn; becoming a certified transformational life and business coach, mBIT (multi brain integration) coach, published author, speaker and taking my coaching company global; with private clients, events and speaking gigs worldwide.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way, that I wish I’d known sooner and that have helped me to grow a part time blog, started at my dining room table, to a multi 6 figure (and growing), global coaching company…
- CONSISTENCY PAYS OFF
As you’ve read above consistency was key in taking my part time blog to a business. I showed up daily for months, before I had any income; building valuable content, a community, network and becoming known in the wellness, spirituality and self-development industries; creating my ‘know, like, trust’ and experience.
- DO IT FOR THE LOVE
I was able to show up daily (with ease) because I LOVED it. I wasn’t blogging for the opportunities, experiences, or notoriety, I blogged because I was inspired and enjoyed creating.
- SAY YES
I have always said yes to each opportunity as it presented itself (as long as aligned with me and my desires) the speaking gigs, writing opportunities, interviews, coaching clients; I didn’t always have the confidence to do those things to begin with BUT confidence is a result not a requirement!
I love the quote from Richard Branson:
“If you’re presented with an opportunity but aren’t sure how to do it, say YES and work out how later!”
I have continued to say yes and work out how later, one day, opportunity and step at a time.
- STAY FOCUSED
I blogged for months before really getting noticed or traction, some projects can take years but it will always pay off when you’re focused and committed.
Work out what lights you up and works and be consistent with it. Start with one thing, do that REALLY well, then expand from there.
- LEARN BUSINESS AND INVEST IN GROWTH
In the early days I thought I had to do it all myself (that’s a lifelong journey for me!) I had been in and out of different businesses for about 8 years before finally understanding there was a MUCH easier and faster way! I’d finally found my passion business but still wasn’t living the lifestyle I truly desired. I began studying successful entrepreneurs and the one thing they all had in common was a business coach / mentor. The successful entrepreneurs I was following (and aspiring to be like) had accelerated their success by investing in those who had come before, made the mistakes and learned how to run and thrive in business. We go to university to study and qualify for most other professional careers, why would business be any different – you don’t have to work it out yourself, why would you!?Investing money, time and energy in your business and being supported by mentors / coaches who are relevant and supporting people in creating results in your field will help you to get there much faster… that’s why I personally recommend consistently investing in business mentors / coaches over an MBA / degree – they’re current and active in real time; business and marketing move fast! I have invested $100,000+ in my own coaches and mentors over the last couple of years but it’s supported me in creating a multi 6 figure (and growing) company and my clients are doing the same! Modelling and learning from those who have been there before is a smart move.
- MINDSET IS KEY
You can learn how to run a business and have all the information and tools to succeed BUT if you don’t believe in yourself or what you have to offer, neither will anyone else! We all have subconscious beliefs running the show (most of which began in childhood) so it’s so important you identify any limiting beliefs and programme yourself for success, to be your highest, most confident self.
When investing in a business coach I highly recommend working with one who not only understands the practical elements of running a successful business but can also support you with the psychology of running a successful business (that’s 80% of what it really takes) and creating the life you dream of.
In the words of Napoleon Hill:
“what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
- ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCES YOUR REALITY
As you’ve read above your mindset is key and that’s because your internal beliefs will dictate how you show up in the world and the actions you take, creating your external world. Thoughts become things!
However, no matter how much mindset work you do, if you environment doesn’t support it, it will be difficult to surpass that. Make sure you’re surrounded by inspiring people places and things, they all have an impact on how you feel about yourself and like attracts like.
- COMMUNITY MATTERS
When It all began with my blog Bodhi Babes in 2014, community was at the heart and that remains true today. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am without the incredible communities I am honoured to be a part of. I am forever grateful to my own mastermind groups and business besties and the beautiful community in our Inner Circle, some of whom have been with me since the beginning. I am so grateful and you know who you are!Surrounding yourself with others in business, creatives and people who get what it means to be on this journey.
“If you want the best self-development programme there is, start a business.”
Surround yourself with a community for: support, cheerleading and celebrating!
- ENJOY THE RIDE
There will be ups and downs and the journey of an entrepreneur / creative / leader is a rollercoaster, so enjoy it! From one of my favourite songs and life lessons:
Baz Luhrman’s ‘Wear Sunscreen’
“Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and in the end it’s only with yourself!”
I want you to know #itsallpossible!
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