5 Years. It’s hard to believe that fitness hater in my previous life could be transformed from the inside out by an opportunity that began 5 years ago. While 5 years sounds like a long time, it feels like it’s only been 5 months.
My health and fitness journey didn’t truly start until I began college. In fact, up until then, I really hated fitness. What. A. DRAG. I didn’t want to sweat, or work hard for that matter. Sure, I dabbled in sports growing up and even become a black belt in karate (the one thing I was actually pretty good at, ha!), but I was still always completely confused by people who said they enjoyed fitness. WHY? HOW?
To make a long story short, I finally go those questioned answered when I finally found the type of fitness that was fun for me. It was a Turbo Kick class (think cardio kickboxing meets dance meets empowering music) that finally sent me into the love of fitness I now have. Turbo Kick is a live class of a Beachbody home dvd program called Turbo Kick. If you haven’t heard this story before, you can check it out here, but in short, I fell in love with the way fitness made me feel, and I wanted to help others feel that too.
Enter, the opportunity to start my own health and fitness business. Mind you, I was 19 years old, a sophomore in college, pursuing a double major and double minor, had two other jobs, and oh yeah, Mom and Dad, I’m going to start a fitness business with Beachbody as a Coach. Though they had been using the Beachbody fitness programs and became believers of the products, they couldn’t help but be skeptical about the opportunity. In classic Perry style, they made me get all my facts and write out a business plan. And, the deal was that if it ever came before school, it was going to all end.
Fast forward 5 years and I’ve been able to build this business in many stages of life- through college, through full time work positions, and while being a full time entrepreneur with this business. The transformation I’ve experienced has been unmatched. I’ve learned so much about life, business, helping others, purpose, service, and myself, that it would take me days to write it all out. The past five years of my life have encompassed the highest of highs and the lowest of lows I’ve ever experienced personally and professionally. Looking back, I know this has all been part of my plan, and its been such an experience watching this life and business unfold.
I’ve learned so many lessons over the course of 5 years, but these have been some of the biggest.
- The people you surround yourself with matters. A lot. The saying “You are a sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with” could not be more true. The sooner you rid yourself of toxic relationships and focus only on people who are passionately chasing after life along side you, the better off life will be. When I look at my relationships I ask myself- Is this person fueling my fire, or trying to put it out? It will tell you a lot.
- Consistency is the number one ingredient for success. In personal or professional life, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes a difference.
- Personal Development is still incredibly underrated. Listen, I too rolled my eyes at the thought of picking up a personal development book at first, but if there’s one thing that has COMPLETELY changed my life. It’s help me grow mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Start today. Here’s a few of my favorites.
- Find a mentor(s). There are incredible people who want to help YOU. Whether its a virtual mentor or someone you personally know, don’t be afraid to tap into their brilliance and learn from their examples.
- You can accomplish things you never thought you could. From becoming a Beachbody Master Trainer to being able to successfully build a team of coaches who are out their helping others too, I never thought these things were possible. But, they are. And they are for you too!
- This will be a roller coaster, so buckle up. Life (not just business) is a roller coaster, and I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs. Frankly, that’s not changing any time soon. The sooner you can swallow that there will be highs and lows but you must stay consistent and resilient throughout, the easier it will be.
- It’s okay to have bad days. Yes, that roller coaster will bring bad days, but it doesn’t have to be a bad life. One bad day, or one tough season doesn’t mean you should quit. Evaluate where you are, lean on others to help you (xoxoxo to everyone who is always there for me, encouraging), and decide you’re going to get out of the funk. This realization and decision may take time, but you need to decide to move forward before you can (another huge lesson I’ve learned).
- Chasing your goals and dreams will link you up with incredible, goal-getting people. I swear, I’ve met the most inspiring and motivated people through these past 5 years. I have no idea where I would be without them. Their energy is infectious, and I’m so grateful this opportunity has brought these people into my life.
- Always be a student. This world has so much to offer, and so many teachers, that it’s a crime to not take advantage of it. Over the past 5 years I’ve committed to the student mentality and have learned everything from how to connect with others to how to build a website, set up email marketing campaigns, and even how to blog like I am right now.
- One opportunity can lead you to hundreds of other ones. A lot of times its just that initial step in the right direction that sets you down an entire path of greatness. Take the step.
As I mentioned, I could list out hundreds of things I’ve learned over the past 5 years. What is most significant though is that although a lot of these lessons were learned through the process of this coaching and business opportunity, it has helped me in every single part of my life. It’s truly remarkable.
Lastly, I’d like to thank everyone who has been a part of this journey over the past 5 years. From my incredible clients to my team, to my parents (you’re the real MVPs), to my amazing friend/mentor/coach Angie who helped me begin this all. You’ve all shaped me in more ways than one. I don’t know what my journey ahead looks like, but I know it will unfold beautifully. Thank you!