VFit’s Weekly Inspo
Taking my passion for wellness and building a business has been an incredible journey over the past four years. One that has transpired into something so much more than I ever expected.
I recently accepted the opportunity to speak to a local group of Lady Bosses about my experience building VFit and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. While this kind of speaking engagement is a bit out of my comfort zone, I know that when we push ourselves beyond our comfort level, that’s where all the growth happens, so I had to say YES!
This top 10 lessons list can translate to each of you for any task or dream you are working towards. In building a business from my true passion in life, I have learned to adapt and grow, learn from my mistakes, and continue to challenge myself each and every day.
Lesson 1: When opportunity knocks, be prepared to open the door.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
We each have a deep desire to do more of what we love, so when the universe brings new opportunities to you, you have to go for it.
Listen for those knocks in life. Sometimes they are so quiet, other times they are pounding you over the head. And sometimes those knocks come when it is time to close one door and open another.
While you may not always feel you are ready, the more you can say yes to what you know you truly want to do, you’ll bring more of that into your life and get closer to living the life of your dreams.
Lesson 2: NOT KNOWING what you are getting into is sometimes better than over analyzing every detail.
The key to success is to start before you are ready.
You’ll never know all the answers! None of us do. Think about it, having a child, getting married. Prep all you want and can, each and every experience will be unique and challenge you to grow from.
I joke often that I thank my lucky stars I had NO idea what I was getting into. But there is so much truth in that. I had a 2 ½ year old and 6 month baby when I started VFit. And a few years later another baby blessing was delivered to us!
If I knew all this journey would have entailed, I probably would have gotten overwhelmed and not have taken that first step.
You will always be learning and evolving, don’t be afraid to just take ACTION. Get out of your own mind of being perfect. Perfection will hold you back from greatness.
Fear of the unknown can paralyze you and you have to just take that leap of faith and learn as you go.
Lesson 3: There is no greater power than that of a well-connected TEAM.
The dream is in the team.
If you take one tip, take this one! Do not go it alone.
Your actual professional team, your family team, your friend team, your customer team! Have as many teams in your life as you can.
Heck, I consider my housekeeper my teammate because she saves my sanity every 2 weeks by helping unload some of my house work.
There’s so much more you can do and create with a team alongside you. Finding a group that shares your mission and vision is the key to success. Each person brings their own unique skills and expertise.
You learn from each other, support each other through the tough times and as the next lesson states………..
Lesson 4: You can’t do EVERYTHING. Know where you bring the most and least value – outsource as needed.
The steps you take don’t have to be big, they just have to move you in the right direction.
Find your lane and what you know you have locked down and work to find help in areas that are weighing you down.
While you should know how to do everything in your business to some extent, you can’t do everything for the long term.
I know we can’t afford to outsource or bring on help for all tasks, but if one is seriously draining your time/energy, work hard to shift that task off your plate.
While it may be a challenge initially to lean on others and take those steps, once you leave yourself free to do what you are good at and save the rest for others who can help, you’ll have more focus and energy to move your project along in the right direction.
Lesson 5: Have open lines of COMMUNICATION with your clients/team, be willing to ask questions and make changes.
Choose change before change chooses you.
COMMUNICATE and do it often. Most misunderstandings are simply a lack of communication both in personal and professional life.
It is important to focus on communication, to listen, be proactive, and when necessary, reactive when things do not work out as planned.
Your clients and team like to be heard. Their input is valuable and you should treat it like gold.
You need to be observant, analyze the results, and be quick to adapt when needed.
Lesson 6: Have SYSTEMS in place!!
This one isn’t as fun, but it is necessary. Have systems, automate some tasks, have funnels, get some structure in your life.
By definition, a system is: ‘a set of things working together as parts of a mechanism or an interconnecting network’ and ‘a set of principles or procedures according to which something is done; an organized scheme or method.
Systems are meant to make getting things done possible in an efficient, and repeatable way.
DECISION FATIGUE is a real syndrome. Having to make thousands of decisions in a day, no matter how big or small, can be overwhelming. And that often time leads to burn out and falling back on less than desirable choices or habits.
Lesson 7: Know your CORE values – live, sleep, and breathe them in everything you offer.
Fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life.
To enjoy the journey and to attract the type of people you want to be around, you can not waiver on this one! And it’s tough in the big ol world of business and opinions.
Hold true to what you believe in in everything you do with your project.
Live, breathe, and dream with your core values and you will feel good laying your head to bed each night.
Sometimes that takes making the tougher decision or taking the road less travelled.
Keep in mind that what grows from your passion will be reflected in how you do each and every step along the way. What is important to you? Walk the walk, be a living example of what you wish to achieve, and it will fall in line with your core values.
Lesson 8: You can’t be EVERYONE’S cup of tea and you don’t want to be.
Always being comfortable won’t get you to where you want to be, real change happens when you let yourself be uncomfortable.
Learn to be okay with negative feedback. You cannot please everyone, that is not your goal.
Hold true to your true focus and mission, find your target, and keep steadfast faith that if you do your best, you’ll reach those you are looking to serve with a high quality solution that you 100% stand behind.
Lesson 9: Fill YOUR tank as often as needed. Invest in yourself.
Make yourself a priority. At the end of the day, you are your longest commitment.
You cannot pour from an empty cup. Be mindful that you need to continue your own self care and remain strong as a leader in whatever you do.
Continue to take time to learn from mentors, be inspired, continue education, take breaks and vacations. Know when you are neglecting yourself and dial back in to what’s important to you.
It is not the quantity of time, but the quality of that time you put in.
Lesson 10: Be willing to work hard and not afraid to SUCCEED. There is no such thing as failure.
Don’t be upset by the result you didn’t get with the work you didn’t do.
There will be challenges along the way, fall forward and lean into mistakes as you take them as opportunities to learn and grow.
Even the greatest of basketball players Michael Jordan missed half the shots he took! But you have to take the shots. The only failure in this life is not doing what you are meant to do, not taking the risk, and not serving your purpose.
You cannot succeed if you do not start!
Rachele, Maria, and the VFit Team