How I got to 6-figures (The article I swore I would never write)
Some of you will read this and LOVE what I have to say. Some will never come back because of the title alone.
This is dedicated to those who stay.
Read. Learn. And take these lessons to your business or your life and do whatever it takes to integrate the ones that feel right for you. I am a spiritual coach who works with business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders. I teach radical success through a spiritual lens. Spiritual is, for me, connecting to my higher purpose, understanding the bigger picture, doing the inner work, and seeing things in their right place.
I don't focus on results because they are results. There is a chain of events that lead to results. I believe if you go to the source of success you get the result you want every time. This is why I don't do strategy. It doesn't work if it's where you begin. And I begin with who you ARE. Your BEing. Your beliefs and your soul.
This is how I got to 6-figures. I will do my best to outline as much as I can below. I will leave things out. Not on purpose but because when you show up every day and work on your success you forget everything you've done. These are what stick out most to me.
In total transparency - this is not a lead into a program or a sales funnel. I just want you to have this information. Eleven years ago when I started my first business I would have given anything to be taught these principles.
I AM enrolling for my Awaken Your Practice weekend. But I don't teach this stuff at Awaken because these are all habits. I teach how to BE the person who knows which habits to employ for success and how to show up every day for those habits. Again, at Awaken Your Practice we go to the source of success.
In 2014 I made $4,000 in my business. In 2015 I made $35,000. In 2016 I will make $175,000. In 2017 I am projecting $500,000.
How did this happen? There are SO many coaches out there teaching 6-figure systems. I know some of them personally. There are a bazillion e-books, blog posts, seminars, podcasts, coaching programs, etc. teaching you HOW to make 6-figures. You can't pay me to help you make 6-figures because it's short sighted.
Ok -- here we go.
How I got here. These are in no particular order. And there's more where these came from. But these are ALL things I had to work very intently to be OK doing on a daily basis.
It didn't take me one year to go from $35k to $175k - it took me SIX years.
Yes, there's technically only one year between 2015 and 2016 but it required everything I did in the past 6 years to make this leap possible.
I mastered my craft. While people were studying SEO, social media tactics, sales funnels, etc. I had my nose in the "coaching/neuroscience/psychology/business/money/spirituality books, seminars, certifications, programs, and mentorships. I mastered what it means to be a great coach.
I hired a coach and stretched what I thought I could "afford". I paid a coach $1,500/month for a year before I charged $1,500/month for a year. I took the risk, first.
I learned everything I could about money.
All of it. I mean
all of it.
And that awesome Tony Robbin's book about Money that weighs 10lbs. and is 700 pages? Read it. LOVED it. I took money seminars, went to money classes, read 50+ money books, and dealt with allllllll my money baggage. And I do mean all.
I treat my business like a business. I have a biz bank account, a biz license, disability insurance, and pay myself actual paychecks.
I set goals beyond what I thought was possible. I didn't set out to be a 6-fgure coach, I set out to be a 7-fgure company.
I quit paying for marketing and advertising. I started to MEET people. Like, talk to real people. I had over 90 in-person conversations in 90 days last year.
I had a TON of coaching conversations. Instead of being busy trying to FB market sales funnels for an email I actively booked coaching conversations. Over 1,000 of them.
I wasn't afraid to give my absolute best service away, for free. Of those 1,000 coaching convos I had 180 this year alone, and they were 2-hours each. These calls changed my life and my business.
I modeled successful people. If they wore a watch, so did I. If they read so-and-so book, so did I. If they meditated, so did I. If they drank kale smoothies in the morning, I tried. ;)
I grew my team. I stopped DIYing everything.
I tapped into a mission I can't possibly accomplish and it will drive me for life.
I fell in love with this awesome and very handy resource called money.
I put blinders up to "competition".
I invested more than $30,000 in continued education.
I practiced hearing the word no by getting over 150 of them this year alone.
I asked for criticism and honest feedback.
I did a s*#t ton of inner work.
I quit quitting when it got hard.
I gave away more than I expected to be paid for.
I read over 200 books.
I took total responsibility for my lack of success in the past.
I started a morning routine that I am dedicated to no matter the day of the week.
I cleaned up my diet. And I healed my body.
I worked less but did more that mattered.
I cut out more than 25 hours of TV per week.
I only started enrolling 10/10 clients and risked leaving money on the table.
I filled my office with affirming messages.
I cleared out toxic relationships.
I created a compelling future I can't stop thinking about.
I realized I LOVE people.
I created a life philosophy.
Of the people I meet, have a drink with, or meet for coffee every week I make sure the majority are smarter, wealthier, and more successful than me.
I deleted social media and email from my phone and check FB 5 minutes per week.
I keep examining my life - my dreams, my fears, my triggers, what I am grateful for, what I want, who I want to be, and what I want to create. Without this, none of the above is possible.
I should be exhausted just reading this list but this is the true cost of a 6-figure business. You can't just sponsor a post and count your followers. I had to actively cultivate a business that was worth investing IN.
I am not exhausted. I am happy. Beyond measure. Not because of the money. I am grateful for the money. I am happy with the service I get to give because I don't have to worry about money.
In light and love,