I’ve completely bought into the “choose yourself” philosophy that thought leaders like Seth Godin and James Altucher have long advocated, that you can’t wait for anyone else to bestow power or importance on you. In today’s world, you have the option to choose yourself.
Looking back at my career path, choose yourself has always been a part of my business model, whether consciously or not… When I discovered there were no beautiful, healthy food blogs in Australia, I started my own. Upon realizing coaching women to start their own businesses was my true passion rather than a 9 to 5 job, I took the steps to quit my day job and launch my coaching business. When I became frustrated that there were not enough role models out there for young women who want to be the next It Girl coach, I decided to be that role model for them myself.
Over and over again, I’ve taken the “choose yourself” route, even when it meant moving out of my comfort zone, pushing myself to the limit, and saying yes to success no matter what.I hope that, in reading this, you can identify. Many of us are choosing ourselves these days and building amazing businesses that change lives as a result. However, is choosing yourself enough?
Every time I’ve said yes to “choose yourself,” it’s liberating, it’s exhilarating, and then… it’s terrifying. Because choosing yourself is only the beginning, isn’t it? Once you make that choice, what lies in front of you is a thousand other choices. All of the possibilities are open to you because you’re in the driver’s seat. You have the power, so you also have all of the responsibility to ensure success.
When you’re in that moment, and you’re frozen and terrified of all that is undecided, nothing will make you feel better except doing the work. But the great thing about that is that doing the work will make you feel better.Recently, I took the “choose yourself” philosophy to a new level, by setting a new professional goal for myself. This is a goal that, even 6 months ago, I would have laughed at because it seemed so far out of reach. I’m working toward making a million dollars in 2015. That’s nearly ten times what I made in 2014. Once I made that choice, the work had to begin. I was already working really hard up to that point, so I’ve had to push myself to be really, really strategic about my decision-making and how I spend my time. I’ve kept thinking, nothing will make me feel better except doing the work. And every time I’m frozen and terrified, it does.
The thrilling thing about my new goal is this… By setting such a lofty goal for myself, even if I fail at achieving it, I’m not actually failing at all. Coming just shy of a million-dollar goal would still be worth far more than succeeding at a quarter of a million-dollar goal. And that’s the thrilling thing about “choose yourself” too, isn’t it? Even if the results don’t turn out exactly as you had planned, you’re still in the driver’s seat, you still have the power, and you can always continue choosing yourself.
Jessica Nazarali is a former Business Development Manager, who knew there had to be more to life than working in a job she didn’t love. Through starting a blog in 2011 Jessica got a taste of online marketing and decided to take a turn at coaching. Jessica is now a success coach for new coaches and specialises in helping new coaches standout and find clients. She is the creator of Find Your First Paying Coaching Clients and The Next It Girl Coach. Her advice has been featured in Cleo, Marie Claire, Sunday Style and Madison and her book Leaping from the Ladder was launched in September 2014. When she’s not coaching, you can find her unfurling her yoga mat, making banana smoothies and googling her next travel destination. Find out how you can create a coaching business which sets you free – Click me and begin your path and passion