Today’s empowered women #wew AND #wcw post is going out to my girl Anna Woods.
And, “today’s encouraging word is……FEARLESS.” I love that 🙂
Anna has been such an inspiration to me ever since she joined our team.
She is caring and passionate and a wonderful wife and mom…..oh and seriously ripped. She has taught me a lot about strength and empowering other women and business and how being strong and fearless is more important than being skinny and comfortable.
She had a post on Facebook about a month ago that really spoke to my heart. She talked about how for the longest time in her fitness journey, she was working out out of fear. She was focused on the scale and that number and an idea of fit that society largely has. And, it wasn’t until she started working out out of PURPOSE that she began to truly transform her life.
That. Hit. Me. Hard.
I think for the longest time I was working out and trying to “diet” out of fear.
Fear of staying the same.
Fear of gaining more weight.
Fear of what people thought of me.
Fear of being labeled lazy.
Fear of being a failure.
And, maybe ultimately fear of never being loved.
Living in fear never worked.
Coaching and the amazingly inspiring people on my teams have taught me to focus on my health & fitness out of my PURPOSE….not out of my fears.
Through coaching I found my faith again. I started focusing on God-confidence instead of my self-confidence.
Through coaching I found my peace with the scale. (You can bet it still frustrates the crap outta me sometimes but I don’t live and die by what it says anymore.)
Through coaching I found that’s it’s absolutely okay…..even NECESSARY to fail! Failure is just a part of life and it teaches us more than our successes ever do.
Through coaching I found a second family who build me up, show me how to push hard for something I believe in, pray over me and treat me exactly the same when I’m failing as when I’m succeeding.
Through coaching I found that it’s okay to do things afraid. We will always be afraid of something. Even the most successful people are. They just got REALLY good at doing things anyway. Their fears of staying the same were greater than their fears of taking a leap of faith.
Through coaching I found that people do love me….and more importantly, I began to love myself.
And, through coaching, my FB newsfeed is filled with things like miss Anna posted just this morning.
I feel like I’ve had to talk in faith and fearlessness these past few months for several reasons involving my kids, my business, and my investments of time and money.
And it’s not easy. One thing I’m learning though is how important the influences around you are to continuing on this path of trust and hope and faith it will all turn out.
For me, that has become:
Reading devotions and encouragement.
My close-knit family and friends who have a say in my life.
And my clients.
It’s easier to block out the fear and be fearless when you surround yourself with fearlessness–ha! For real though. One foot in front of the other.”
Anna is a true entrepreneur and is also a personal trainer and has developed her own program SheStrength! Her business sense amazes me. And, we have a lot in common with our personal struggles.
I, too, have had to talk AND walk in faith and fearlessness for a long time now. My family, my business, my time, the book I intend to write. It’s hard sometimes to be an entrepreneur and still work a 9to5 and juggle family and hard life decisions and coaching and my fitness journey and keep up with this blog and try to get over the fear of writing the dang book and drink wine and watch Netflix lol.
So, to get through all that I listen to classical music regularly now. I have 4 awesome and inspiring podcasts I listen to every week. I read my devotions and personal development books every day. I’m surrounded by people who support and care about me. I cherish my quiet time and make it a priority because if I’m not focusing on me I can’t be good for anyone else. And, my clients mean the WORLD to me. Every one of them. And, they inspire me more than I could ever them.
Anna has reminded me that us coaches don’t like to be comfortable. We are surrounded by influencers who push us to be better…who push us to do things afraid….who push us to be fearless. We BELIEVE. We don’t have a scarcity mentality. We live in our purpose. We do things afraid. We work hard but we also love hard and enjoy the things that truly matter. We focus on the small changes over time that lead to BIG amazing things. We share our stories. We are vulnerable. We never give up.
Here are just SOME of those influencers 🙂
This is our larger team, Team Impact, at the Wildrose Salon for a team party in Nashville this summer!
And, I’ve shared this collage before but I love it so much I’m sharing it again. These are more of the faces of my influencers in my little coaching world 🙂 We are teachers, nurses, physical therapists, office managers, stylists, stay-at-home-moms and more!
#womenempowered #befearless #faithittilyoumakeit #faithinmotion
I’ll leave this right here 🙂 #imnolongeraslavetofear
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