It's pretty amazing. I kind of can't believe it. You know, over the past five years, I feel like I've learned a few things.
Things I can share with you.
Things that might help in some area of your life.
I think you can relate the lessons I've learned to any big undertaking you're considering.
Y'all ready for this?
Here we go...
1. First of all, freaking GO FOR IT.
I can't tell you the number of times I've said, "Ok. Let's do it." Once I've said those words, there's no going back. EVEN IF I WAS SUPER NERVOUS TO MOVE FORWARD.
I can neurotically analyze the potential risk of trying something new for MONTHS (and I have), but nothing has been a better teacher than just TRYING something new and seeing how it goes.
If I hadn't gone for it (with some gentle encouragement from my loved ones) I wouldn't be here today.
Quit analyzing and go for it. You can handle it.
2. Let people help you.
I used to do everything myself. I did all the admin. All the accounting. All the marketing. All the teaching. EVERYTHING. As we grew, things kept falling through the cracks because it turns out (surprise surprise!) that I couldn't do everything!
People would offer to help me and I would literally turn them away saying,
"Nope. It's cool. I've got it."
The minute I let people help me, EVERYTHING got better. Immediately.
And they were so happy to help.
Accept the help.
Be incredibly grateful.
Humans don't make effective superheroes.
And you're not the exception to that superhero rule. ;)
3. You are your own best advisor.
I've read books, hired business coaches, pored over blog posts, asked for advice, but nothing compares to my intuition and instinct.
All of the information I gathered was helpful - no doubt! - but at the end of the day, my decision - my feeling - my next move - had to come from that deep well of wisdom within me. Period.
4. Things are going to suck sometimes and you're going to want to quit.
I love (and I mean LOVE!) what I do, and I've still wanted to quit at least 87 times.
There is no magical place that I've gotten to where my business is just easy.
Things have gotten easier (in some ways), but with growth, I'm facing new challenges every day.
Wanting to quit is normal.
You've got to want to keep going more than you want to quit.
5. Business has to be about the money AND not at all about the money at the same time.
As one of my favorite business coaches, Ivy Slater Rachlin says, "if you're not making money, you're not in business."
And as I say, working just for the money gets old real quick.
I've had jobs that were just about the money and I was absolutely miserable.
Nothing mattered. It felt awful.
For me, what I do in this world has got to be about HEART.
About the people I'm working for.
About what I'm contributing.
About how I feel at the end of the day.
About the equal exchange of my labor and what my community is receiving.
And yes, about the money.
It's a balancing act.
I think many businesses fail because they lean too heavily into one side of the equation or the other.
Too much into the heart side and you're not in business (i.e. you won't be able to sustain what you do).
Too much into the money side and you lose your sense of humanity (ie. your precious connection with your community).
Striking a balance is crucial.
You need money and heart.
The 6th thing I've learned: Gratitude matters.
Be grateful every single day that you get to do what you do!
And I am. So grateful. I get to have fun for a living! :)
I've said it before and I'm saying it again - this business would NOT EXIST without you!
You are the reason I even have this business!
Thank you for everything you've done
to make this business what it is.
I appreciate you so much.
Annnnnnd I hope you're ready for the next phase of Brilliant Body PDX!
We're on the precipice of MAJOR growth people! (It's exciting!)
Whether you're a local regular, you haven't been to class in years, or you live somewhere other than Portland, Oregon, I hope to have something to offer all of you very soon!
Stay tuned and stay in touch! OK?
Big hugs and big, BIG thanks for the last five years. :)
PS: Did you know that you can always drop me a line and let me know how you're doing and how I can support you?
YOU CAN! (And I would love it!)
You can email me directly at Rebecca@brilliantbodypdx.com.
I check all of my emails myself and even though it might take me a few days, I will write you back! HUGS!