I wrote this article for Lori Harder’s Daily Inspirational Newsletter, but I thought I’d share it here too, as it really speaks to the inner courage and belief in myself that I needed to muster to get where I am now (which is still no where near where I plan to be).
Just some food for thought
Four months ago I took one of the the biggest leaps I’ve ever taken. I launched my own company. After years in the corporate world, a brief stint back to school for a master’s degree and many many tearful sunday nights, knowing I needed to find work I loved, I launched ProCakes – a high protein pancake mix, specifically designed for the healthy minded.
My business idea didn’t come to me right away. It took years of soul searching, a trip to an ashram in India and many more life experiences that ultimately led me to the stage to compete in Mis Bikini Universe, to discover the idea that I wanted to share with the world. In retrospect, none of this would have happened without belief in myself, a willingness to fail and a strong desire to change.
I think that deep need to make a change is almost universal. It may not be about starting a business, but it’s that sort of “big hairy goal” that changes everything and makes the possibilities of life so exciting. Very often we disregard our day dreams about what we might do “if”, because we don’t think we could ever achieve that goal, or there’s just no way it could happen for us. But that’s not true.
I honestly believe that anything is possible, be it a change in career, health or financial situation if you’re willing to take a humble approach to being a beginner, finding mentors to guide you and putting your true heart and effort into the process. I would never have thought I could start a company, much less compete in a physique competition were it not for the blind faith I had in myself, and the support of the people around me (paid coaches and trusted friends), that got me where I wanted to go.
Looking back, my life has a pattern of making big changes, from going to university as a “mature student” to tossing all my belonging in a car and driving across country at the age of 20, to quitting my corporate job and heading to India for a yoga teacher training. Some of those adventures I’d do again in a heart beat and some I wouldn’t dream of repeating, but I would never change a second of it as each risk has brought so much reward, whether in the moment, or somehow down the line. I wouldn’t be who I am today, running my own business that infuses my two biggest passions (healthy food + fitness) and getting to call my own shots if I didn’t take risks and embrace some failures. The process hasn’t been easy, but it has definitely been worth it, and still feel like I’m just getting started.
I hope this story inspires you to reconsider those dreams you’ve pushed aside because you thought they were too hard or would take too long. Time passes anyway, so you might as well be using it to your advantage and engage it in the direction of your dreams.
Is there something you’re putting off? Do you have a dream you think you can’t achieve? Have you tried?