I can remember that day so vividly. I was so excited to meet up with someone who I had worked out with in my home for so long. I couldn’t believe she wanted to meet with me. It was all so surreal and I felt so unworthy of what was happening.
What was I going to wear? What was I going to say?
That day all stemmed from one Facebook message I decided to send to let her know how much I loved her in the workouts I was doing. Unexpectedly, she wrote me back.
That day in Panera, meeting with Jenelle Summers (Chalene Johnson’s sister) changed the course of my life. Did I know it was going to? Nope. Did I even believe I could, do it? Not even the slightest.
That day when she talked with me about being a Beachbody Coach and shared what it was, I had every doubt that is holding you back or was holding you back. Things like: There is no way I can coach people. I am not in the most amazing shape. I don’t know how to run a team. I don’t know what it looks like to be a coach. I should probably coach myself first. Can you really make money with this? How do I even find people to coach? Will I have to push product on people and go door to door?
I had a lot of doubts, uncertainties, and fears that day. One thing I remember so vividly was when I said to Jenelle, “If I can help just one person, then it will be worth it.” (Side note: Can we just go back to this attitude and heart posture when it comes to serving? Can we make it about the one and serving the One instead of always focusing on being controlled by numbers? Okay, I digress.)
That same year I bought a house and as soon as I could I bought internet. As soon as I bought internet, my journey as a coach began.
My first year, I pushed hard. I didn’t make a sale for weeks on my own. The first time I earned a commission check was because of a customer that Beachbody gave me. I wasn’t consumed with sales, I was consumed with helping people want to live better. I did it in a pretty ugly and non heart felt kind of way. (Keeping it real. I’m sorry if I turned you off seven years ago from it. I would have run away too.) I was consumed with numbers and wanting it to work.
My second year, I felt like I was hitting my stride. Social media was so different back then. I felt like I was finding my flow and not being as scary. I was earning a steady income but nothing to leave my full-time job about. It was a blessing. But, I was working hard and consistent. I would say my second year of business I was chasing after what I saw everyone else doing. I began to lose myself. (Second side note: Things get way better. But, I want to be honest with my seasons of business I personally experienced and think more of us need to talk about.)
At about two and a half years in, I was able to leave my full-time job and make Beachbody my main source of income! (This is where everyone yells, “YAY,” and asks how you did it.) I worked hard and consistent for those two and a half years while working three other jobs. One which was full-time and others were part time. My key word for you reading; consistency. The only problem was, I lost myself in my work and became a work-a-holic. My season of hustle was all time. I barely knew Jesus at the time even though I accepted Him into my life a few years back. I thought if I didn’t make money and become successful then I was a nobody and no one would take care of me. I left Jesus out of this equation.
Towards the end of my third year, going into my fourth, I knew I needed to do something about how I was running my business, how I approached my business, my mindset, and anything else in between. Sure, I was working from home which is amazing, but I was still a slave to it.
Insert my fourth year till now which is my seventh year. Yes, seven years as a Beachbody Coach but more importantly as an entrepreneur. That fourth year, I was desperate to find release and insert joy back into my life. It wasn’t something that happened right away but over time it became less about being number one or on top and more about serving the One and letting Him take care of the fruit from what I was doing.
I have invested in masterminds, intense training’s and courses, and I began to change my thinking and who I surrounded myself with. I knew if I wanted to change then I had to make the effort and be intentional about the change. It wasn’t just going to happen.
If you have made it this far, then you have made it to the good stuff. In writing this, I want to encourage seasons of hustle and not hustling all the time. I want to encourage freedom to rest in your work (not from your work) knowing that the number of followers you have doesn’t matter in eternity. The number of lives that point to Jesus does.
You are not a slave to your business. Don’t just hope for what you see someone on social media having. You don’t know what goes on behind the scenes and what they do for it. I had to define what success meant to me. You must do the same for you.
My goal is to help my team learn from my mistakes early on as a Beachbody Coach. That they don’t have to hustle and be miserable to get to success. I mean, what’s the point of being on top when you are miserable anyways? I want to let them know that becoming a Beachbody Coach isn’t about selling products or a workout program. It’s about using their gifts to create a ripple affect around them.
You run your business according to your priorities and purpose in this life. Don’t get caught up in all the things that don’t matter in eternity.
Stay focused and on Him.