Is it hard for you to live your dream? Are you scared to fail? Personally, I’ve been very scared to achieve my dream business on several occasions. Especially in August 2015 as I experienced financial challenges with my coaching business. For several months the costs were higher than the revenues and my financial resources were depleted. I doubted myself and considered to give up on my dream. Here are 5 reasons that helped me and 3 important questions for you.
By stepping out of your comfort zone you increase the chance you will experience priceless moments. I dreamed of traveling the world by myself in 2008, but I was scared of the unknown. Despite my fears, I left my hometown in The Netherlands and I started working for a music organization called ‘The Rhythm Hut’ in Australia. In this period, I learned to make music, to surf and to practice yoga as well as to organize and promote music events. It was amazing! I reminded myself of these amazing experiences in 2015, and this boosted my self-confidence and motivation regarding my Business Coaching Services.
By overcoming your fears and living your dream you give others (un)consciously permission to do the same. For example, I got introduced to my mentor Rick Pursell in 2010. I noticed how his coaching had a huge positive impact on me and on other people in the community. By witnessing his work, I became deeply inspired to become a business coach and to never give up on my dreams.
People love to help others who are 100% connected to their passion and purpose. For example, I wanted to provide my workshops at the BaliSpirit Festival 2015. However, I experienced several obstacles: the festival would start in 10 days’ time, the management didn’t know about my services, and their schedule was already full. By approaching the management in a positive and passionate way, they felt inspired and allowed me to provide my workshops at this amazing festival. During the BaliSpirit Festival, I helped 85 participants to develop their dreams. And by reminding myself of the value of my service I felt motivated to overcome my financial struggle in August 2015.
Moreover, my workshop was very well received so I also had the opportunity to provide my workshops again at the BaliSpirit Festival in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Providing these workshops have been highlights in my career and opened many other doors. It never ceases to amaze me what we are capable of if we surround ourselves with like-minded people. A rising tide lifts all boats.
I believe that working on things that matter the most to you and make you feel alive is a very fulfilling experience. For me, it is coaching others, because it makes my heart sing when I see somebody else achieve his or her dream business. And when I considered stopping to work as a business coach, I connected with a few of my clients and heard their positive experiences regarding my workshops and online coaching programs. As a result, I felt inspired to keep working on my dream business.
When you align yourself with what you really love, you boost your personal growth. Personally, I notice I learn the most when I’m 100% connected with my passion and purpose as this makes me feel excited, alive, and extremely motivated. I invited my clients to share their experiences on this topic and I noticed they have similar experiences. One of my clients, Amanda Jane Williams, also works on her dream business. She was invited to teach yoga for a group of 111 dancers during a Bali fitness Zumba weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali in 2015. It was a huge challenge as these dancers were not interested in yoga and my client was forced to engage this group in an innovative way. Following her intuition, Amanda Jane integrated dynamic movements into the yoga practice and even brought them into meditation. As a result, the dancers felt very inspired by yoga and Amanda Jane spontaneously learned a new way to teach yoga to dancers.
This example reinforces my belief that we learn the most when we are doing things we are passionate about. Today, I feel grateful for my challenges in August 2015 as they helped me to develop my business skills and to be of better service to my clients.
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