The first cohort of The Six-Figure Club concluded their three-month program this week.
I'm blown away by the thoughts they chose to intentionally think, the feelings they chose to intentionally feel, and the actions that came from those thoughts and feelings.
But, most impressive were the results they created as planned and unplanned life circumstances cropped up.
Planned things like vacations and unplanned things like significant changes in relationships and health.
Through it all, they continued to create results.
There were times they felt disappointed, doubtful, frustrated, and overwhelmed.
They felt afraid, dreadful, and helpless.
They felt guilty for going for their dreams, incompetent in achieving them, and unworthy to have them.
Sounds like a bowl full of cherries, right?
But! For all those negative feelings, there was an equal measure of positive...
They created strength, empowerment, and hope.
They created energy, confidence, and LOTS and LOTS...
If you read my last post, "Two Lessons Pain Taught Me," you learned I went to the hospital in excruciating pain a couple months ago, but I didn't tell you why.
Well, you're faithful following has paid off!
When I got to the hospital, I learned I had a five milometer kidney stone stuck juuust two centimeters from the spot where I wouldn't be in any more pain.
Here's the deal, though, with five milometer kidney stones...
They are "cusp" stones, if you will.
Meaning, there's a 50/50 chance a person will pass it...in three to 30 days. So said the ER doctor, anyway.
30 days! <- That was literally my face when the doctor informed me of this.
"So, you're saying I might have to live with this thing stuck inside of me for 30 days?!"
"No, no, no, no, no. How is that even possible?"
Well, my friends, it is. In fact, it took up residence for 48 days!
(I feel like I should get a badge of honor or something for this valiant effort. )
Anyway, on day 48, I had...
Pain comes in all forms.
We create a lot of this pain with our minds. If you don't believe me, keep reading.
On September 30, I found myself in so much physical pain that I didn't think I would stay conscious while my husband drove me to the hospital, so I made the decision to call an ambulance.
This physical pain was on a new level. It was excruciating.
All I wanted was to be out of pain as fast as possible.
Ever been there?
While I couldn't control the pain and my body's reaction to it, I was able to control my mind.
"My poor body," I said out loud in the back of the ambulance.
I found it interesting that my mind had empathy for my body.
Let's be real, though, before my mind went to empathy, I let out one solid F word and also stated, "This is so dumb!" because I was so frustrated that I couldn't control my body's reaction to whatever was happening.
Then my my mind quickly shifted from empathy to gratitude.
Gratitude for the paramedics, for...
This week, the members of The Six-Figure Club are getting clear on why they joined the club and what they want to get out of their time and commitment.
They're finishing up their first worksheet and I can already see two themes emerging:
First, they are ready for new level of growth in their personal and professional lives.
Second, they want to reduce the overwhelming feelings that historically come with a "stretch season."
"Growth without the overwhelm."
Sounds dreamy, right?
One of the key things I am to teach my clients is how to reduce overwhelming feelings as they fulfill their dreams.
Typically, creating our dreams isn't overwhelming.
No, overwhelm is usually lurking somewhere between practicing the thoughts that create our dreams and remaining committed to bringing our dreams into reality.
But, we don't have to let overwhelm take us by surprise.
I help my clients...
Just four months prior to all the changes on my team, I started a personal training and nutrition coaching business.
I called it "my passion project" because in 2012, I found out I have Celiac disease and a whole host of other health issues at the time.
As I got better and my energy returned, a strong desire to help others lead healthy lives emerged.
During this time of deep frustration and disappointment in my corporate role, this "passion project" was also a saving grace.
I became increasingly engaged with my training and coaching business and, in 2017, increased my income 24%.
But, I hustled. And, I was ti-rrred.
I knew there was a way to "work smarter, not harder," so I set out to find it.
I found the advice I needed from Brooke Castillo in an episode of "The Life Coach School Podcast."
She talked about carefully considering the value we contribute to our employer and asking ourselves how we can improve it because it's easier to be rewarded...
I used to believe, as an employee, I had no say in what I made.
"It's all in the hands of my manager and their budget," I'd think.
Earlier in my career, I was on a small team of three people, including my manager.
One year into my role on that team, my peer left the company.
Three became two.
One month later, my manager got a new job internally.
And, two became one.
So, there I was this "lonely team of one," reporting into an open position for two...and...a...half...years-uh.
(It still amazes me that I didn't have a direct manager for that long.)
Instead of back-filling my manager's role, I began reporting to my skip-level manager, who was an executive with more than 900 employees in their organization at the time.
I met with this manager every other week for 30 minutes.
But, really, it was like 13 minutes because they were frequently late.
13 minutes. Every two weeks. 20, if I was lucky.
That's not a lot of time to connect, so I believed this manager had little time for me.