Our littlest boy is 5 months old today.
He has been such a wee blessing to our family. We’re all obsessed with him.
He’s been dragged around to work with me most days just as his brothers were. Today it’s made me reflect. My oldest son was only a month or two older than him when I started Rev. I had the dream of creating a family business that used my gifts to enhance peoples health. 8 years on and here we are. It really has become the family business I had hoped for. My husband came on full time 2 weeks before we had our second son. He left a building job he hated and we took a huge risk.
It has been endless hard work. As with anything that creates a big change there has been a lot of pushing up hill. I’m proud that our sons have watched everything unfold before their eyes and watched and modelled their Mum and Dads determination and work ethic.
Still to this day it would be easier to go get a ‘normal’ job. That would actually mean we’d have a start and end time to work. It would mean we’d be able to have dinner together every night and that perhaps we’d have a whole weekend off together most of the time. It may give us some freedom in time but it certainly wouldn’t give our souls freedom as we know the impact we have on people is needed more and more and we know it’s ‘our’ work and something that gives us great joy and satisfaction.
I can relate my business journey to a weight loss journey. I’ve spent now over $50,000 on my education. I kept thinking I needed to know more to make it in such a ruthless industry. When really, I knew how to help and enable people since I was a little girl so I just needed to believe in myself and trust the process. Diets and different fads? What would be different if you just believed in yourself and trusted the process?
There has been many times I’ve wanted to pack it all in and quit. It’s been to hard, hugely stressful and at times not worth it at all. But I’d still wake the next morning, get up and try again. I’d focus on progress rather than perfection. Everything unfolds in time and time is needed. It simply can’t be rushed.
There’s been an endless amount of people who haven’t believed in me or even hoped I would fail, including the odd client who perhaps didn’t like that I was doing this ‘my way’ and not the way it should go. Over the years I’ve worked with and come in contact with hundreds and hundreds of people. There was always going to be haters. I found the more I’d focus on why they hate me the more my path would suffer so I had to learn to not be reactive and feel sorry for peoples shit attitudes and keep doing my thing. In the end, who are they to me. Definitely not important enough to shape my life or decisions.
When you find something that works for you, empowers you and makes your world happier don’t let the negative thoughts and opinions of others absorb into you. Feel sorry for them instead and move along.
I always feel for recently qualified PTs and health professionals. They have a dream and if they are not resilient enough through the very hard times they will be crushed. They could have really had an amazing impact on the world around them.
Next time you think ‘health and fitness’ is to expensive or not worth it. Look at how much money you spend on stuff that is not enhancing your life. The stuff that in the end will have a very negative impact. Tune in on your values. Your core values, the things that drive every decision you make and the way your life has unfolded. What are your top few? Are those values serving you? If they aren’t perhaps today is a great day to reflect and make some changes.
And to all those recently qualified health pros out there. You’ve got a gift, don’t let anyone devalue that. Don’t back down.