I went back in time the other day, daydreaming about what my life used to be like.
It’s a daydream filled with memories, some good, some bad, some nightmare-like actually.
Want to hear some of the ugly highlights? In retrospect, those are always the most interesting 🙂
Living for the Weekends – Something I did because during the week, I woke up every day to a job that not only I didn’t like, but felt completely out of alignment with the core of my being. Get this, I was in the pharmaceutical industry peddling prescriptions.
But in my personal life, I used herbs, whole foods, and vitamins among other things for health and healing. I spent my weekends exploring things I was passionate about, like farmer’s markets, yoga, holistic classes, and books. Back to work on Monday, it was pretty hard to reconcile my personal beliefs with my work…so one day I decided I wasn’t going to do it any longer.
I up and left my day job to pursue my passion for wellness (without the best plan in place) which brings me to my next memory….
Breadwinner-Mother-Coach-Entrepreneur – That’s a lot of titles for one woman. But I believed that I had to do everything on my own. When it came to starting my own business, this created a massive struggle. I was the breadwinner, the mother, the person everyone came to for advice, and now I was the entrepreneur who was going to take the world on.
And the clock was ticking, there were bills to be paid.
It was both thrilling and scary. Some days I was in awe at how amazing it was to be a coach and having my own business helping people, doing work I loved. Other days I wanted to hide under the covers (which I did many times) and give up (which I did not do.)
I had to lean in and follow my heart, something I wasn’t used to doing. Eventually, it guided me to do some things that were way outside my comfort zone, including risking all of my savings to invest in my passion and the business I was growing in order to support myself and my newborn son to create the life I knew was possible.
Years later, looking back over the ups and downs, I hardly recognize that person anymore. But there was something I did that helped me through it all.
Knowing my “Why”.
My “Why” was the reason for following my passion no matter what. Even when everything else said I shouldn’t or couldn’t.
When you know your “why”, it becomes the driving force behind your passion and if it’s powerful enough and meaningful enough to you, nothing can stand in your way.
I have two why’s actually, here they are:
- Health Freedom – I believe so much in the power of holistic health and the voices that need to be heard to bring this vital healing information to the front lines of healthcare.
It’s time for people to take control of their health rather than being fed only one-way without choices. It’s time for people to feel and live better. Having taught thousands of wellness coaches to be holistic health messengers has allowed me to fulfill this big why and I’m so grateful. It keeps me going every day.
- Lifestyle Freedom – My second “why” is having the freedom to fulfill my mission, share my gifts with the world and create a lifestyle I love. But not just for myself, for others who have that same why. Where did this why come from?
Growing up, I saw my parents work really hard but without the freedom to really do what they wanted. I didn’t understand how people could go off to work every day to do work that didn’t fill their soul. Now I see just how hard they really worked for their children and I get it.
But deep down inside of me, it instilled a desire to be able to carve my own path and create my own lifestyle on my own terms. To share my gifts and go after my dreams, rather than work hard for someone else’s dream And it’s why I get up every day.
If your “Why” is like either of mine, consider joining the IAWP movement and becoming a Wellness Coach here.
Getting clear on your “why” changes everything.
When you get clear on the why you stop making excuses for why you can’t do something, whether it’s starting a new career or business, finding more clients, or filming a video of yourself for social media. Whatever the fear is, the vision takes over.
So what is your Why?
Do you want to leave a legacy for your children?
Do you want to change the way people think about a certain problem?
Do you want to have the freedom to travel and experience new cultures?
Do you want to be able to send your children to a special school?
Do you want to invest in an environmental or social cause?
Do you want to save the pandas from extinction- that my six-year-old son’s latest “why” 🙂
When your “Why” is greater than your “Why not to”….you conquer your fears and go for your dreams.
Get clear on your why and you will take the steps toward your dream. Because your “Why” won’t let you not do it.
I’d love to hear from you on your why, post it on our Facebook page here:
Love, Health & Success
P.S. If your “Why” has to do with wellness and creating a career you love, then don’t delay in getting started in holistic health as a Wellness Coach. Enrollment for our Wellness Coach Certification ends soon. Click here to watch our webinar and get started.
Suzanne Monroe is the Founder of The International Association of Wellness Professionals and Director of the IAWP’s Wellness Coach Certification & Training Program. The IAWP is committed to supporting Wellness Coaches to create success and share the message of wellness across the globe. If you’re passionate about holistic health and wellness, inspiring others to be healthy and creating a career you love, then learn more by downloading our gift to you – The Wellness Coach Career Kit.
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