My mission is to add value to people's lives by making a positive impact through my words and actions. This is why I do what I do. I write through my blogs and positive snippets. I coach clients not through a formal degree but rather through what has worked for me in real life experiences. I pass along a common sense approach and provide an accountability piece.
I've been at it for 2 1/2 years now, and sometimes I feel like I'm inching along. I get motivation and unexpected mentoring when I listen to podcasters like Srini Rao of Unmistakable Creative, Todd Henry of Accidental Creative, Matt Frazier and Doug Hay of No Meat Athlete, Jeff Sanders of 5AM Miracle, and Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists.
At one time or another, all of them have talked about how long it has taken them to get to where they are today. It seems like seven years is the magic number on average. That, my friends, takes persistence.
Persist, rule number seven of Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Change by Henrik Edberg from the positivityblog.com (June 28, 2013), is where a lot of us struggle. When the going gets tough, the sometimes we quit.
I have to admit that when I first got started with Get To It, I figured it would just take off immediately. My primary focus was life coaching by working with clients who wanted to change their lifestyle habits in various areas, including health and fitness. I jumped right in by renting some office space, starting my website, and getting business cards printed.
Then I waited for the business to take off.
Cue the crickets chirping.
Although I gained a couple of clients, by the six month mark my business checking account was being drained by the cost of rent alone. So, I opted out and brought my office home.
Part of me wanted to quit at that point. What was I thinking? Who did I think I was?
Then I regrouped. I revamped the website (still a work in progress), got more involved in social media with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I reached out to our local newspaper to ask about contributing a column on healthy lifestyles twice a month (which I’ve been blessed to do for almost a year and a half now).
Recently, I started putting content on Medium. I've been more engrossed in professional development through listening to podcasts (many of those are listed above), and reading books and blogs.
In the meantime, I'm still coaching. I have a modest number of committed clients. My writing is evolving into more of the focus of my business with respect to my mission of adding value to people's lives by making a positive impact. I will eventually write a book and add a professional development piece to Get To It.
But I also realize it takes time, resources, and persistence to get it all done. For me, it's not a matter of how it will happen, it's a matter of when it will happen. It will happen in due time, because I will persist.
That's how change occurs. When we desire to make a positive impact or be a cog in the wheel of change, sometimes we are going to hit roadblocks. We're going to come up against people who don't understand what it is we do, we're going to come up against people who don't believe we are qualified to do it, and we're going to come up against criticism of all kinds.
But if we're going to make a difference, we have to persist. That's what it is going to take. I learned that from my first go-round of jumping into the deep end and failing. In order to succeed, we have to experience failure. Regroup and see what is going to be next on the horizon. When you believe in yourself, work hard, and persist, change will happen.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.