I love going to live events for my coaching business. Whether it’s the annual Coach Summit in the summer or the quarterly local events, I love getting together with fellow coaches to learn more about this business and be inspired to do more with my team!
Yesterday was one of those quarterly local events, and I was SO excited. We had a special guest speaker coming that has a lot of personal significance for me. Erin Young is a top coach that isn’t on my team at all, but as a fellow mom and high school English teacher, I relate a lot to her story.
When I was a brand new coach trying to decide what I really wanted out of my coaching hobby, I was also a working mom struggling with wanting to stay home with my son. I had dropped him off at daycare and had seen a sign promoting their upcoming “Muffins with Mom” event, but I couldn’t go. It was happening on the last day of school for me, and I would already be well into teaching by the time the event started. I couldn’t take time off for it–it just wasn’t even an option for me. I was so upset by that–I just wanted to eat a muffin with my kid. He was asleep when I left for work every day, I didn’t get to drop him off most of the time because I’d have to take him in so early, and I didn’t get to see him until almost dinner every day. I just wanted to be home with him, but was struggling with feeling like I was stuck in teaching. That’s what I went to school for, that’s what we cash flowed my Master’s degree for–I couldn’t give up on that, could I?
Right around this time, I saw a short video of this random coach, Erin Young. She was talking about how she loved her teaching job, but wanted to be able to put her kids on the school bus and make them breakfast–with her teaching schedule, that wouldn’t be possible. She talked about struggling with realizing that she wanted to do something different than teach and about how she had to give herself permission to dream a new dream with her coaching business. This resonated so much with me and helped me in my decision with what I wanted to do–and ultimately I decided to make this business happen for me and stay home with my son!
Getting to hear her speak in person, learning some business strategies from her directly, and working out with her was so much fun! I got a chance to talk with her for just a minute and ask for a picture, which was embarrassing because I totally lost it. I was trying to explain how much her story impacted me and thank her for sharing her story and making a difference in my life, and I just cried. So embarrassing! But I also kind of don’t really care because this business means SO much to me and my family, and I love being able to share with the people who have impacted my life how much of a difference they are making. She was really sweet about it and so inspiring for me.
My biggest takeaway from the event was that I am capable of accomplishing ANYTHING I want to accomplish in this business. The only thing standing in my way is me and my own excuses! It’s just like with my fitness journey–at first I thought that it was impossible to lose weight and reach my goal, but once I stopped making excuses and followed a solid plan, I not only got to my goal size, but actually got down one size smaller! And this isn’t just true for me and my specific goals–it’s true for EVERYONE with ANY goal! There is nothing standing in your way except for YOU.
I am so motivated by this event and it made me even more excited for my trip to New Orleans this summer for the annual Coach Summit. Anything is possible!