The Lessons I Needed to Learn: an open letter to my start-up self

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing.”

I love that quote! I have used it since I was in public school. It’s easy to look back on past events and realize that your choice wasn’t the best plan of action. When you’re in the moment, you make a decision based on your current level of knowledge and later you may regret your choice.

I have had It Fits Personal Training for almost four years and it’s got to be one of the most rewarding and frustrating things I have ever done. It’s easy to get lost in how far you’ve come until you’ve turned around to see where you’ve been.

When I started, I had no business experience. I was an in-home personal trainer and nutrition coach and I had no idea what it took to become a successful business owner. Now, I can see why so many entrepreneurs are exhausted and stressed but totally in love with what they do and the thought of quitting isn’t an option.

There were a number of lessons I needed to learn. Everyone will have lessons and they will look different to each person.

Lessons I needed to learn were:

  • There are no shortcuts to success, no matter how hard you try, Experience is the best teacher. With experience comes wisdom… and confidence.
  • Everyone fails but it doesn’t make you a failure. Learn how to do things differently from those failed attempts and you will success
  • You are your business. If you are sick, hurt or unable to work you can’t be the best you can be for your clients. If you don’t take care of yourself your business won’t succeed.
  • Trust yourself and what feels right in YOUR gut. You can’t do what others are doing, you have to be true to you and your values. This is your journey, no one else’s. If a client doesn’t buy from you, then they weren’t the right client for you.
  • Focus on one thing and put the blinders on! I can’t stress this one enough and it is true in business, your personal life, in fitness, with nutrition, etc. There is such a thing as too much info!

Simplicity is best for so many different reasons but the biggest one is to reduce stress. You are one person and you have limits to what you can do well at one time.

“You have to walk the walk”

In the beginning, I found this a struggle. Walking the walk. How do I do that when I need to be a personal trainer, a coach, a marketer, a networker, a graphic designer and all the other hats I had to wear because I couldn’t afford to outsource.

Create a plan, schedule it, and complete the tasks. If you succeed, continue. If you fail, adjust, and try again.

“Learn to forgive yourself, you don’t have to be perfect.”

When I learned to forgive myself and accepted that I didn’t have to be perfect, that less is more, was when my business really started to grow. I was able to do the things that I was telling my client to do. Exercise to keep my body strong, turn work off at a reasonable hour and spend time with my family, and eat consistently so I had energy. When I was able to do that I was able to be the best person I could be for my family, my clients., and most of all to myself.

Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin

Lisa Austin is a busy mompreneur from London, ON. Having three grown boys, she understand what’s it’s like to have a family, run a business, and still make time for herself. She is a certified personal trainer and nutrition coach and she empowers women to become strong, confident and fit through exercise & nutrition. She now helps women like you learn how to navigate through all the health and fitness noise so that you can focus on the things that are relevant to you and your body as you are today through various in-home and online training programs.

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