Have you ever found yourself stuck in the middle of the road and you are not sure which way to go? You become caught between what your heart desires and what you have to do. Maybe it’s that steady job you have been at for 10 years that’s not bringing you any peace, but it’s safe. Well, rest assured this happens probably more often than not.
Yesterday I was telling someone my journey has been enduring for almost 20 years. I am not sure that I have always realized the significance of all the struggles, but I now know their importance and the role they have played in my success. Next month will be the anniversary of my entrepreneurship. I opened my doors as a small business owner in network marketing 19 years and 11 months ago. That’s how long I have been building teams and selling products to consumers.
I have learned much over these years in network marketing. If I have to sum it up on a blog, I would say I gained knowledge on everything and anything about how to create, own, finance, destroy, and win at business. There have been so many great lessons along the way, and they have given me strength and courage to pursue many different projects in both personal and business life.
But here I find myself taking on new endeavors. My heart is pulling me in different directions. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that these experiences will all be new to me. I have been coaching people for many years. It’s been part of my job as a leader developing teams. What is unique about my situation is that I am taking a different approach with my coaching.
The last 18 months have been a journey of exponential growth for me. I received my life coaching certification in 3/18, I am wrapping up the finishing touches of my book due to be released in the next couple of weeks, and I have a podcast due to air on 10/15. When I think of these exciting things playing out my life, I recognize that I am moving towards my big vision. That is to help people on a large scale become winners at their craft.
I enjoy seeing people succeed because I know the importance of a healthy mindset. I also know when you are not healthy in both body and mind, neither are the people around you. Take my nerve condition, for example. When I suffered in that crisis, it affected everyone around me negatively. You ask how? When you suffer from chronic pain, it affects your mental capacity, and when that happens, it can also play a role in those closest to you. When I resolved my condition, it changed everyone around me, for the better. By helping people be healthy, I can help them improve their lives and that in turn, equips them to help others.
I write all this to say, that it hasn’t been this straight forward path. It’s consisted of bumps, falls, crashes, and wins over and over. I have met people that have hurt me, rejected me, and loved me. I have witnessed both proud and exciting moments. And I am not going to lie, there are times that I am confused and experiencing self-doubt. All of these situations can wreak havoc on my decisions. Do I stay true to my course or go with what I know? If I don’t pursue my desires, then I follow the path of least resistance.
Here is what I have learned going through this journey:
- If there is a pull for something, don’t fight it. As long as it supports your vision and helps others, go for it.
- Quit worrying about what others think. The only opinion that matters most is yours.
- Be patient with the process. You are going to wander for a while.
- Be willing to be criticized. If people are not talking about you, then you are playing safe.
- You can do anything you want if you want it bad enough.
- You are stronger than you think.
I am continuing my journey with network marketing, but I am also expanding my reach. I am going to put that life coaching certification to work. My colleague and I will be taking our knowledge to the air with our upcoming podcast, and I will be growing my coaching business. I plan to get some speaking engagements on the books and share my story with others that are open to receive it.
The pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. Both the struggles and victories have prepared me for what is about to happen. I now know without a doubt that I am traveling in the right direction. I hope that if you ever find yourself in that position where you have a dream, but you are afraid to pursue it, that you do it anyway. You were put here to make a difference. And, if you need a few more reasons why should jump on the dream train, check out 11 Reasons Why its Important to Follow Your Dreams.
It’s a beautiful thing when people are happy and succeeding.
This is my life, my career, and my happiness!