Building a Business with Chronic Illness + Disabilities | What It’s Like, What Works For Me

Building a Business with Chronic Illness + Disabilities | What It’s Like, What Works For Me

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hello my fellow entrepreneurs I am assuming that  if you're watching this video you are either just   curious what my situation is or you're struggling  with the same thing so here's my hope my hope is   that this video inspires you and encourages you  to realize that success is possible for you if I   can do this you can do this so what I’m gonna  do is I’m gonna walk you through what I deal   with health-wise I don't think I’ve ever shared  everything anywhere so this is it I’m gonna share   um what it all stems from you know what it's like  like what I’m struggling with what the experience   of it is like and then I want to walk through  what works for me what has allowed me to build   a multi-six figure m growing business despite the  fact that I have chronic illnesses chronic pain   injuries disabilities you name it we're gonna name  it we're gonna name all of it and here's what I   would like to ask of you if you are dealing with  this as well comment below maybe you don't feel   like you have anything helpful to add but just  other business owners knowing that they're not   alone in dealing with this that it is a legit  thing and that it is different for all of us   it's encouraging and so maybe share your story  maybe share what works for you um let's do what we   can to just encourage one another because I know  how hard it is to get that kind of support when   we're talking about business this was a really  timely video because I planned to record today   and then started not feeling good last night woke  up this morning not feeling good I’m not feeling   awesome now which is why I’m on the floor with  my emotional support puppy I’m having more and   more good days now because of some of the things  I’ve been doing but it's helpful to remember   very very very well attuned to um how the struggle  is real how difficult it is to run a business to   have plans and you wake up and you feel like crap  and you're just like how do I do this right so I   again I’m going to walk you through how I do this  and what this looks like and and a little bit of   the timeline of what it looks like because what  it looks like now is different than what it looked   like two years ago or five years ago so let's  jump into it okay so I deal with a lot of health   things so much so that I actually had to list them  all out so I’m going to show them on the screen   wherever we put them on the screen the ones with  the stars are things that I still deal with on   a regular basis the ones without the stars are  things that I have dealt with that maybe had an   impact that is not so severe or not so much of an  issue now so I don't really consider it an active   issue um some of it is is completely inactive  just stuff that happened in the past but I want   to kind of give you an insight because I deal  with a lot I joke that I got the lemon on the lot   and I have pretty much since birth had a lot  of health issues and so um again I want you to   know like if I can deal with all of this you can  do this too it's just a matter of figuring out   what's gonna work for you so let's go through this  list um Spinal Meningitis this was something I had   as a baby almost killed me we wonder potentially  if it led to some of these other things but we   don't really know um I was actually my mom had  been given a medication when she was pregnant   with me and there's a theory that some that could  have created some of this we don't really know   scoliosis this is a big one I was  diagnosed at 10 I had surgery at 14   and it has created a lot of secondary issues  most of the ones that I’m about to mention so   bone spurs, Cervical Foraminal Stenosis, which is  the narrowing of the Foramina which is where your   nerves come out so that creates a lot of issues  bulging discs herniated discs disc degeneration,   Degenerative Disc Disease - I don't know why those  are two different things but they are Tendinitis,   Carpal Tunnel this never got past the early stages  thankfully we were able to reverse it early on   Neuralgia and Neuropathy these are things that  I’m definitely struggling with today scar tissue   issues I don't know what they would actually call  this but the surgery that I had as a teenager   left some scarring around nerves that can cause  a lot of issues. Sciatica Piriformis Syndrome,   Chondromalacia Patella (short for knee pain) you  can google any of these that you want to know   more about a torn meniscus this is in both knees  asthma six strains of Lyme Disease apparently I   got the promiscuous tick Hashimoto's,  Celiac now my Celiac is technically   non-celiac gluten intolerance because my  doctor does not want to test me for celiac   because that means going back on gluten and my  reactions to gluten are so severe that it really   just doesn't make sense to put me through that the  last time I had gluten my mouth even swelled up   so we just we just avoid it but because I haven't  had the actual test it is it is called non-celiac   gluten intolerance but my doctors like it  is probably gluten or celiac like let's just   assume um Leaky Gut, mold toxicity, heavy metal  poisoning, Interstitial Cystitis I can't even say   this one Vesicerol Reflux the valves of my bladder  don't work properly if you got into this video not   expecting tmi you just got some tmi yes all the  things that that involves bladder issues are fun   um hydro cell pinks again don't know if I’m  pronouncing it right this is fluid and your   fallopian tube causes a lot of pain ovarian cysts  infertility mthfrg mutation I call this that   mother because it creates a lot of issues uh  histamine intolerance nightshade intolerance   allergies basic seasonal allergies  eustachian tube dysfunction so   what does all of this actually mean um I deal with  chronic inflammation chronic fatigue chronic pain   hormonal imbalances that can lead to massive mood  swings or all kinds of other issues headaches   and migraines digestive issues of all sorts and  kinds um loss of motor control any like brain fog   lack of clarity my ears like I can get pain  in any part of my body essentially my um my   you know allergy basic allergy symptoms but that  can make it hard to talk sometimes my ears can   get plugged up and it can make it really hard to  focus or think or talk or anything so it's a lot   it's a lot that I deal with the biggest ones the  hardest ones are the chronic pain and the chronic   fatigue because he's about to hit the microphone  because those are the ones that are the most   debilitating the rest of them slow me down they  can frustrate me they can lay me out for a little   bit if I have a flare-up that can put me out  anywhere from a couple of days to a couple weeks   in the past my energy levels would never get above  a four on a scale of one to ten my mood would   never really get above a four or five despite the  fact that I’m doing massive mindset work because   that's my business um it's it's a lot it could  be a lot and they could drop at any time and   it can make it really difficult when you have  clients you have appointments you have deadlines   you have people waiting on you collaborations  you're working on and you really have to   figure out how do I navigate all these  things to be able to move stuff forward   it's not easy and anyone who tells you that it is  obviously does not know what they're talking about   it's not easy so where does all this stem from  yes there are some potential things that happen   during my pregnancy my mom's pregnancy with me  there are some things that happen afterwards so   for instance with the scoliosis that created a  lot of secondary issues because after my surgery   I was not given pt I never learned how to  use my body properly post-surgery and I   really learned how to protect certain muscles that  had been sliced open during that healing process   I didn't use them and so it was about 10 years  later when I realized that you know I was putting   a lot of strain on my body without proper body  mechanics I also went into the field of massage   I had a massage therapy company that was my first  business and I was either doing the work myself   or it was contracting the work which meant I was  on the phone and on the computer all the time two   things that can be really hard on your body when  you don't have good body mechanics so I’m never   gonna have perfect body mechanics because I still  have scoliosis it's not like they get it back to   exactly where it should be and because I didn't  learn how to reuse my body after surgery a lot of   those structural issues that I mentioned those are  actually stemming from that scoliosis that surgery   and the lack of body mechanics and the pressure  that I put on my body for so many years now a lot   of the other issues the chronic illnesses those  actually stemmed from outside of like the Lyme   disease which obviously came from a tick the  rest of those almost all of them stemmed from   the stress that I put on my body in that first  business I was working myself to the bone I was   in my 20s I thought it's not a big deal everybody  who wants to be successful has got a hustle   and I burnt myself out and I killed my adrenals  I killed my thyroid I screwed up my hormones   also you have to understand that when you have  surgery and you have scoliosis the nerve endings   that go to every single area of your body now  have pressure put on them because everything's   kind of out of whack and you've got scar tissue  you've got all of this so there is also another   theory that just that has created a lot of these  issues that my body's not getting the messaging   it's not getting the support that it needs on  a regular basis so things kind of deteriorated   but I know that they deteriorated more quickly  for me than most people who have this surgery   because I was overworking my body and I was  overworking my mind I had a very unhealthy mindset   I had tons of fears impostor syndrome you know  limiting beliefs the whole nine yards that created   some really unhealthy dynamics in my life that led  to a lot of stress and that just just destroyed   areas of my body that I am still over 10 years  later trying to now repair so that's my first   piece of advice if you don't want health issues or  you don't want you don't want more health issues   you got to get your your shiz together like you  you've got to get your mind in the right place   you've got to get your habits in the right place  and you've got to stop working like the garyvee's   of the world because either the garyvees of the  world are genetic anomalies and they're just never   going to feel it the way that most of us will feel  it or they just haven't felt it yet they haven't   learned that lesson yet so they keep telling  people these are the things you got to do to be   successful this is the type of work you got to do  if you want to be successful and I’m telling you   it's bs maybe if you want to do it at that pace so  you want to do it that quickly sure kill yourself   to get there but what's the point if you then have  to spend all of the time and the money that you've   created for yourself trying to heal yourself  right like I it just it's nonsense it's absolute   nonsense it really I’m going to step off my  soapbox I’ll probably get back up on this at some   point in this video but I’m going to step off of  this because it really pisses me off that they say   this is the way it has to be done simply because  that's the way they did it and the only way they   saw modeled it's not the only way I’m promising  you and I’m going to share what I’ve done what's   allowed me to build a multi-six-figure business  and growing our goal is half a million this year   and many many more than that after that and I have  mentors now and I have people that can show me   this is possible I know it's possible to get  to where I’m at now and I know it's possible   to get to where I’m going but I know and you  need to know it looks different and it's not   going to look like the traditional you know  story out there of how it needs to look   okay so soapbox aside all of my issues all of  that what is it actually like to live with this so   I kind of want to talk about the emotions behind  it and I want to talk about the frustrations   I’ve been through multiple stages of grief  multiple stages from denial to acceptance   multiple stages of mindset around this I’ve been  through times in my life where I just ignored it   and I just tried to push through it not a good  idea that always leads to more problems I’ve been   through times in my life where I just thought that  this was my life sentence and there was nothing I   could do about it and I was really just at a fixed  mindset very limited in my thinking I’ve been in   times where I thought mind over matter you know I  can just I can make this happen I can make myself   feel good and I do believe that there is some  value to that and it's a really important thing to   bring in but I i have found that the healthy  approach is the middle ground meaning you don't   want to be looking and focusing on the negative  but you don't want to be hyping yourself up   for something that you don't know right you don't  know how far you're going to be able to get you   don't know what it's going to look like and if  you keep telling yourself one story or the other   either way it leads to more frustration but  if you tell the story of I can figure this   out there are options there are people that are  doing this let me see what this can look like   for me that's a much more empowering stance I’ve  been in the place where it was like what was me   you know I’m frustrated I’m overwhelmed I’m  depressed it you know like this sucks why is   this happening and if you're in that place  I just want to like give you a virtual hug   because I know how much that sucks I know how hard  that is and I just want you to understand that   that I get it at least somebody gets  it because I know not everybody does   but I want you to understand that there  are more possibilities that you can see   when you're in that place when you're in that  place it's naturally it puts blinders on to the   periphery and what could be possible for you what  is the potential for you and so I would encourage   you to work on your mindset around yourself and  your body loving yourself and your body just the   way it is realizing that your freaking body just  the way it is right now is a miracle worker it is   literally working miracles for you and it may not  be the best at it and it may be really struggling   but the more that you can come out your body with  so much love and gratitude and appreciation and   just compassion for how freaking hard it's  working for you and how much it's trying to   do what that's going to do is set you free in so  many ways I think I’m gonna start crying you guys   it's gonna set you free because when you  come at this as your body is your enemy   you can't win with that mentality but when you  come at this with god look what my body is trying   to do for me all of a sudden your mentality around  how you're gonna treat your body is gonna change   how you prioritize your health is gonna change  and that has to happen in order for you to move   forward so literally I could cry right now and  I’m really trying to hold it together because   there's so much I want to say but I just want you  to know like you're not going to be able to reach   the goals have the success create the vision that  you want if you're coming at this from a place of   I hate my body and I hate that it can't do what  it wants to do and this is where I was for years I   get it I know how hard it is but you gotta heal  that before anything else will change it's like   that carl rogers quote I think it was carl rogers  that said the curious paradox is when I accept   myself just as I am then I can change except  I would change the words to be then I can grow   because I don't want you to think about changing  yourself I don't want you to think about ditching   who you are now and stepping into some other thing  I want you to think about loving who you are now   enough to grow and to nurture and to develop that  person and that body so oh god okay let's get into   um what's next on my list let's get into what  works for me this is in no particular order and   I had to write it all down because there's so  many things that I’ve done over the years but   we're gonna go through these one at a time and  hopefully here's what I want you to remember not   everything that I do is going to work for you  but use it in terms of like okay how could I   apply the principles behind this not what it looks  like not the rules but the principles behind this   how can I make it apply to my life my situation  what could I take away from this to improve   where I’m at even if it's just one degree in no  particular order but here's number one on the list   the first thing that I had to do is I had to  learn my patterns and I had to learn my triggers   so this meant starting to track everything  from sleep to stress to food to individual   symptoms to mood to mindset I needed to track  my cycle I needed to track what was happening   so that I could start to understand the patterns  behind it I could really start to understand   what was working in my body and what wasn't  working in my body and I know that this is not fun   however once you start doing this you start to  understand okay if I avoid these things and I do   more of these things and I follow this pattern  that my body is showing me I can start to work   with it instead of against it before it was like  I’m trying to do a regular nine to five schedule   five days a week whatever and just kept  trying to do those things forcing it to happen   you're not going to be able to do that I’m telling  you right now you've got to start working with   your body and the only way to do that is to start  tuning into it really understanding its patterns   and what it's telling you start um taking apart  those patterns and understanding what are my   triggers what are the things that really flare me  up the most what are the small changes that I can   make this is not a fast solution this is going to  take you months years to be able to start doing   but start it now because if you don't you're going  to wish a year from now that you had the progress   that you'll make a year from now learning  how to work with your body versus against it   it could be mind-blowing but it's not fun you're  not gonna like it but just create a checklist put   it on your nightstand every night and just like  write one to ten where were all of these things   at today just so that you can start feeling like  you have some semblance of a control over it you   don't have total control over it but you do have a  really strong influence when you understand those   patterns number two and this probably should be  number one um I had to adopt the mindset that my   body is my first business priority and this helped  me to get out of the mentality of let me just get   some stuff done and then I’ll take care of myself  I really had to shift to my body is my business   priority my body is the number one tool in my  business my mind is the number one tool in my   business and if I’m not feeling good or doing the  things that will help me to at least feel my best   I’m not going to be able to do anything at all so  shifting that mentality getting into the mindset   of my body comes first what this actually looks  like in practice is that I have to take impeccable   care of myself this is why I have a 5 a.m morning  routine this is why I have a night routine this is   why I see the doctors that I see this is why  I take breaks but also if there's a day like   this morning I woke up not feeling good I meant to  start recording at eight that wasn't gonna happen   I woke up at seven I laid around for about two and  a half hours I got in the tub for about two hours   and then I started getting up and moving and  you know it's not like the content was perfect   this round I was recording four videos I had  a hard time my brain couldn't totally focus   it took longer it was a little frustrating but  because I took care of myself I was able to take   care of what needed to be taken care of it wasn't  perfect you're definitely gonna get to let that   go but I was able to make progress versus waiting  for perfection treat your body as a business task   put it on your business to do list every day  it's the thing that comes first treat it like   an appointment with a client or a customer  you're not going to neglect it right you're   going to take care of it because it matters  and I will say you know I was talking about   seeing your body with love and appreciation and  compassion for what it's doing for you I think   separating myself from my body a little bit was  actually helpful and I know a lot of people will   talk about like that's not helpful but it was for  me I started to see my body as like its own being   and that helped me to respect it a little bit more  and honor it a little bit more and keep it as a   priority versus like oh it's just me so I can just  neglect it which is what a lot of times we want   to do so maybe that's helpful for you play with  that a little bit and see but definitely start   start putting the things that put you in a better  place on your to-do list and make sure that they   are staying prioritized in your calendar they  don't necessarily need more time they need first   dibs on your time right like we were talking about  in the big rocks video if you haven't watched that   make sure you go and watch that because that  is going to help you to figure out how do you   make more time for this kind of stuff okay number  three this was something that I started um about   eight years ago no seven years ago no eight  years ago and this is creating residual passive   income streams at the time I was just coaching  I was just doing service based business which is   trading hours for dollars which means if you don't  feel good you don't work you don't get paid so my   shift was okay I need to start creating residual  streams that give me a baseline foundation   and that way if I need to take time off  I’ve got that cushion so there's a lot   of ways you can do this I did this through  residual income with a direct sales company   essential oils you can check out links below if  you want to understand more about how I did it or   what I did with it but what was really important  with this is that I just shifted my mindset to   thinking more in the long term versus my monthly  bills I wasn't just trying to figure out how to   make enough money every month I was figuring out  how to make monthly recurring revenue that I would   be able to access years from now so that when  I had the energy I had a good week a good month   whatever a good day even good hour sometimes  I could spend it building something that would   continue to support me later on down the road I  did this because around that time I actually got   feedback from a doctor who's no longer a  doctor who said that I would be in a wheelchair   by now by the way so big middle finger to him  but because I had that in the back of my mind I   was like I don't know what the future is going to  hold I need to create something that can continue   to live beyond me or or thrive without me should  I need to take time off that has been the biggest   gift that I ever created because I’ve had not just  health issues but family crises um emergencies   where I needed to take weeks months off at a time  and I didn't have to worry about bills because I   had that residual income coming in so I highly  recommend looking at that in your own business   what are you doing now and can you get it to the  place where it's like a machine right like you've   got automated stuff going in and you've got income  coming out of it you need that in your business   even if you're a service provider you need some  level of automated income in your business to be   able to create that cushion so that you can have  the breathing space to be able to take care of   yourself all right number four I hired before  I was ready to hire I made a lot of mistakes   I screwed a lot of things up but here's what you  got to know I don't care if you are a solopreneur   you can't do this on your own it's just not  what you get to do let me take that back if   you really want to try I’m sure you could figure  it out however the sooner you can hire even if   it's just an assistant to help take care of nitty  gritty stuff that just frees up time and energy   or somebody to take care of the stuff that  mentally and emotionally drains you which then   physically drains you whatever that is you need  to start outsourcing taxes bookkeeping design tech   whatever it is higher before you're ready to hire  and then use that time that you've now freed up   to create some residual income streams so that  you're you're able to pay for them and take off   that stress it was scary to do and again I made  a lot of mistakes but the sooner you start making   those mistakes the sooner you learn the  better you get and the better you're able   to really grow your business to a place of real  financial freedom and time freedom over time so   stop trying to do it all yourself girlfriend  boyfriend whoever's watching this stop trying to   do it all yourself you've got to bring in support  whether that's family whether that's bartering   trading begging whatever you got to do bring in  support so that you're not doing it on your own   number five I systemize and streamline and  templatize everything I batch everything so if I’m   having a good day I already have content created  and I can go in and create all that content   everything is a template so I am wasting no extra  time or energy you need to know where I’m at in my   business right now I work four days a week ideally  six hours a day although the last couple of months   have been a little bit crazy so it's more  like eight to nine hours a day which is   really taking a toll on me and I’m cutting that  back down now but I’m only able to do that because   I have systems in place sops right things that you  can easily hand over to someone else and say do   this for me if you're not able to do it you got  to get those things in place I’ve done a lot of   videos on batching on time blocking on systems I  did a video on how I get more done than you highly   recommend checking that one out it'll go deeper  into this and give you some more examples but   you got to start looking everything in your  business anything that you do on repeat how   can you streamline it make it more efficient even  if you just seem like you're shaving 30 seconds   off over time that really adds up to more mental  energy and we all know if you're mentally drained   it's gonna affect your body so anything you can  do to free up the active parts of your brain   put more things on autopilot get things like  thinking for you so you don't have to do it   the better you're gonna be this is why I use click  up every uh most of my brain is in click up so   that all I have to do in the morning is pull up  my to-do list for that day and I’m not looking at   the big picture I’m just looking at okay what am I  focusing on right now and then obviously you know   the CEO days and things like that that you do to  be able to have those plans in place every day but   you got to start getting those into place and I  know that this feels overwhelming chip away at   it you're not gonna do this overnight I didn't  do this overnight it is messy it is confusing   there'll be trial and error you can do it though  you just gotta like slowly work at it all right   number six is finding business mentors who get it  I’ve worked with a lot of coaches mindset coaches   health and wellness coaches business coaches and  if they don't fully understand that you have this   one part of you that has these big goals and  visions and you have this other part of you   the physical part that says not today if they  don't get it you're going to be so frustrated   you need to work with somebody who understands  that challenge that specific challenge I call   it being an overachiever and an underachiever's  body if if I’m working with somebody who doesn't   understand that I need to pace myself that I can't  go balls to the wall even for 30 days my body   won't manage that that I can't pull out all the  stops that I can't overwhelm myself that I can't   make myself grow too fast or step myself into  big scary things too quickly because the mental   capacity that it requires will drain me physically  if they don't get that then I either don't work   with them or over time I’ve gotten to the place  where I’m better at creating those boundaries and   filtering the advice that comes from them but this  is something that you need a coach that gets it   and if you don't have a coach that gets it we  need to talk you need to get into the inner circle   because I do not let women build businesses that  will burn them out they will cause health issues   that are not sustainable that do not honor the  other values in their life like their family or   their friends I won't do it I won't allow somebody  to do it because I understand the impact of it   but most business owners are just like you  know it's an excuse it's um it's all a mindset   mind over matter you should be able to  do this you know you're just complaining   don't get me wrong we can do that we can all get  into that mode where we're complaining we're not   being helpful we're staying stuck and our mindset  is is keeping us there and also the ones that tell   you that you need to tell them to go shove it  don't do that mentally do that um you need to   explain to them that no this is not realistic  sustainable or what I want you need to work   with somebody who understands that what you're  creating and how you're creating it need to be   aligned with you and what's realistic and what's  healthy for you and this is not a mindset issue   this is not something where you can  just push yourself through it I had   so many of you I asked in the Facebook group  and in the YouTube community like what kind of   things you guys struggled with and so many of you  were like how do I just push through it I’m like   you can't you don't push through it you get better  strategies you skill up both mindset and practical   skills just business skills you skill up so that  you can do this in a healthy way I really want you   to see this as a gift though you have the gift  of creating a business that can be sustained   all these other people out there hustling pulling  out all the stops killing themselves to get there   are going to kill themselves before they get there  or they're going to get there and they're so burnt   out they don't love it and they close it down  right they're going to come back to their next   business and hopefully do it better your you  get the privilege the the gift the opportunity   to learn how to do this now versus having to  figure it out later when everything is a mess   so I know that it doesn't seem like that but  I really want you to remind yourself of that   this is a gift this is allowing me to create  something that I can sustain down the road   this is something that even if I had the health I  would still want to be doing it in a healthy way   now not trying to create the success and  then make up for the issues with my health so   constant reminders of that one okay  number seven master your mother-loving   mindset so again this is not all mindset  anybody who tells you it is is out of it   they they're just clueless this is not all  mindset however we do need to recognize   that how we mentally and emotionally feel what our  stress levels are what we're focusing on is going   to show up in our body too and you know this you  know that when you're under a lot of stress you   flare up right you're under a lot of stress you  have more pain you have more issues I want you to   realize that your mind and your body are connected  we all know mind-body connection right you can't   force your mindset up here and expect your body to  go with it that doesn't happen if your body drops   down here it is gonna pull your mindset I talk  about this all the time your hormones your health   will hijack your mindset it doesn't matter how  much mindset work you've done it will hijack it   your job is to incrementally inch forward your  mindset so it can pull your health up a little   bit or so at least everything you're doing for  your health has the ability to work a little bit   better because it's not working through all the  freaking stress and the inflammation that stress   creates and then you work on your body and you  pull that up and it allows your mindset to go a   little bit further a little bit higher and that's  what you're doing you're just inching yourself   further and further up that scale getting to  a healthier and healthier place this is what   I’ve been doing really religiously over the  last couple years and I’ve gone from having   energy levels that were a one two three four to  now my lowest energy levels when we had covet I   got down to a four again but otherwise my energy  levels are a seven and an eight when you consider   that long list of issues that I deal with huge  progress was made because I was working on my   health but I was also working on my mindset my  beliefs my emotional skills all the things that   would allow my body to actually utilize what  I was giving it number eight you really gotta   find a better health team if you have doctors  who are telling you this is your life sentence   there's very few cases where that's actually  true where you can't live a high quality of life   despite whatever health issues you personally are  dealing with you want to make sure that you find   health providers health care providers who have  a growth mindset who understand the importance of   quality of life who aren't just saying you're  going to be in a wheelchair in eight years or   you know there's nothing you can do about  this you got to do more surgeries you got   to do you know more steroid shots and that's all  you've got for it you've got to find people who   are on the cutting edge of medicine and that  are holistic and that have a really healthy   mental approach to it as well if you go in and  you have somebody who's just disengaged and   they're like this is what it is if they're just  laying that blanket statement over you walk out   because their statement is going to become  your future unless you do something about it   but if you can go to doctors who say yes this is  tricky you don't want somebody who's going to hype   you up nobody needs a hype man but if you can go  to a doctor who says yes this is tricky yes this   is serious but there is potential here let's see  what we can do together you know let's see how far   we can take you let's see what your possibilities  are the mindset shift that you're going to have   is is huge and makes all of the difference so my  health team now consists of functional medicine   doctors because they're holistic they look at  the whole picture not just traditional medicine   and you know going that route but how does mindset  how does diet how does exercise how does sleep   fit into all of these things what can we do  to get the cells functioning at their best   despite whatever it is that you're dealing  with so functional doctors are huge   um acupuncturists chiropractors now this wasn't  all stuff that I could afford in the beginning   right and so this is why the residual income and  just building income and like slowly building   the business up mattered this is why having my  health be my number one business priority and   investment mattered because as I started making  more money I started investing it in myself   right people will talk about investing in your  learning and your skills and developing yourself   well we get to defend we get to invest it  in our body and in our health because the   healthier we are the better our business is  going to be the further we can take it and the   less healthy we are the bigger mess we're going  to be so it's important that you start taking a   percentage of your income and you invest it in  the things that are going to make the biggest   impact first there's a lot of things you can  do yourself I’m going to go into those next   but you've got to have a good team behind you  you've got to have people who know how to do   the right testing you've got to have people that  know how to really get to the core of the matter   and address it at that root core issue and help  your body do the healing that it can do doesn't   mean you're going to be able to do everything but  you can do so much more than what so many doctors   out there will tell you as possible find those  people who are doing it they're on the fringe a   lot of people think they're crazy the really good  ones are the ones that have the medical background   and have gotten into functional medicine later  because they were realizing the limitations find   them do everything you can to immerse yourself in  them listen to podcasts watch videos read books on   all of it do what you can do to surround yourself  with the type of support that sees your potential   and not just your limitations okay so um number  nine along the lines of this is natural wellness   now here's the thing um you gotta find what works  for you there's a lot of stuff out there that   might not there's a lot of stuff out there that  might work temporarily and not long term or that   might not work at first but will over time for me  the things that have made the biggest difference   is diet specifically an AIP diet if you're dealing  with any sort of pain or any sort of autoimmune   disease you need to be on the AIP diet it's  not easy to do but it is the one with the best   results for people with autoimmune disorders  or other physical issues so that's a big one   um essential oils they're integral to me and I’m  kind of limited in terms of what I can say and   how they do or what they do but they've kept me  away from a lot of things that I wanted to avoid   for a very long time and if it's something that  you're interested in there's a link below you can   you can reach out to me we can chat more about it  supplementation now I did a lot of supplementation   on my own but once I got testing done and really  understood you know what was going on then I could   get supplements from my functional medicine doctor  that were specific to my needs and the protocols   that we're on right now they actually cycle  like we do something for a month or two or three   and then we do something else and then might  come back to it and we ship to something else   because it's a process so don't try  to wing all of this yourself there is   a lot that you can do yourself and financially  you may need to do some of it yourself   but definitely do what you can do to work with  somebody as well if you can do nothing else do   the oils and do Doterra supplements I’ve gotten  the biggest results out of those and do the diet   and then start working towards working with a  functional medicine practitioner doctor nurse   whoever you can find that is good so that you  can start getting deeper results getting deeper   into the root of it understanding what that root  is first because otherwise you're kind of just   throwing stuff at it to see what works but and  there's a time and a place but as soon as you can   get some clear answers and a clear path that's  better number 10 is a non-negotiable morning   routine now my non-negotiable morning routine does  not mean it's the exact same it just means that   I address my needs first I get myself in the  best place possible and then I go into my day   now this is the tricky thing about this um I’ve  talked about my morning routine before you can   watch videos on it it's absolutely imperative I  didn't start off with this long morning routine   I started off with like 20 30 minutes if that it  was just a matter of like before I start my day   let me build the habit of addressing my body my  mind and my spirit over time I was able to add   more and more to it but it just goes back to you  got to treat your business or your body as your   first business priority and when you do that that  means how are you starting your day either your   day or your work day like what can you do first to  make sure you feel good now here's the thing the   more that I have practiced this principle  feel good first so you can do good later   the better things have been and that means  sometimes I push back deadlines that means   sometimes I don't have deadlines on something  which I know is not a great solution for a lot of   people that actually goes against psychology you  want to have some sort of timeline to something   when you're setting goals however for us that  might not always work right so I set a target   but I don't set a hard deadline for as many things  as possible and I will move that if I need to move   that I really focus on what do I need to do to  feel good first so that what I’m creating what   I’m doing can actually be good because if I try  to push through it and I try to just do the thing   when I feel like crap everything I create is  crap and so this isn't easy you need to look   at the type of business you have and ask yourself  is this realistic is this business realistic if I   were to start over honestly I’d probably still  be doing this like this is my life's work but   if I were to tell somebody who was starting over I  would say look at a product-based business because   there's so many things there that are scalable and  outsourceable that you won't have to do yourself   you can run and operate the business and not have  to do all the things and when I say product-based   I don't mean like homemade products I mean like  something that you can have created and sell   simply because you're gonna have so  much more freedom and flexibility   if nothing else I want you to just take that  mindset of like what can I do to feel good first   even if all I’ve got is five minutes and I have  a hard deadline and I gotta get something done   can I take five ten fifteen thirty minutes to do  something that will allow me to feel good so that   I have a little bit more to give this project  this person this task this whatever hi buddy   so that I can get a little bit more done or I  can be a little bit more efficient the better you   feel the better things are gonna flow right and  so that has really been my lesson over the last   couple years as I’ve had the ability to invest  more time in myself invest more money in myself   I’ve really learned that if you can do that first  even just five minutes here five minutes there   it really does make the biggest difference doing  what you can do to um and here's the thing you   need to understand about this if you do this  if you take that 30 minutes you make up the 30   minutes because you feel a little bit better right  so it's not like you're losing that time you tend   to make up make up for it in the time that you're  going into work simply because you're feeling a   little bit better and the more you do this the  more it compounds it's like a snowball effect   so if you really consistently practice getting  in there taking good care of yourself you're   going to become much more efficient much  more proficient you're more productive like   things are going to start going better but the  hardest part is going to be just stopping and   doing what you need to do to feel good first it's  not easy your mind is going to want to fight you   on it my mind still fights me on it even though I  have proof that it's the best thing possible to do   it's necessary and you just kind of have to  like pep talk yourself if you're gonna push   orpush your way through anything or force anything  force yourself to take good care of yourself when   you don't want to and then take that energy and  pour it into your business when you have it I had   some frequently asked questions that I want to go  through Nicole asked me how do you plan without an   idea of how much physical energy you will have on  any given day the way that I do this is I plan a   lot of white space into my plans um once you start  tracking things you really start to understand   your patterns to things all of that's going  to make this a lot easier your plan gets a   lot clearer and easier but you got to create a  lot of white space if you're working with people   you got to give them a heads up right you got to  let them know like hey there is a potential that   you know if I have a flare up or something I  may have to reschedule um if you've got good   clients and customers if you have attracted good  clients and customers that won't be a problem   um and again flexible goals I don't  use hard deadlines for very many things   the moment that I do even if I’m feeling  really good if I start to create that stress   it takes everything from my body my adrenals oh  I didn't mention adrenal fatigue that was the   other one my adrenals cannot keep up with it and  so um yeah you work it into the plant you work   that white space into the plant once you know your  patterns you say okay chances are this week of the   month we all know what week that is tends to be a  bad week or you know these types of days tend to   happen about this frequently and you work it in  so Kim asked how do you avoid burnout again how   do you balance the physical need to rest and  the physical needs of the business basically   just how and I give me a like if you can relate  to that so here's the thing everything that I   described is how I do it right but there's also  you need to add in realistic expectations and it   really just comes down to mindset and making sure  that you're setting yourself up for success you're   setting realistic goals you are setting realistic  expectations on what you're going to be able to do   and you stop pushing yourself to do more than what  your body is capable of you start working with   it instead of against it barbie said I think my  biggest health hang up is when depression anxiety   and related fatigue kick me off my plan for the  day I would love some strategies to deal with this   again it's going to go back to those patterns  it's going to go back to realistic expectations   it's going to go back to honoring your  body and where it's at and what it needs   and having a making the decision upfront  what it is that you want to do when that   happens right so knowing in advance don't try  to make that decision when you feel like crap   because you're going to make a crappy decision but  knowing in advance okay when I have this happen   what is my go-to strategy to help myself feel  better what works for me right so this might be   mindset tools like we teach in the inner circle  this might be self-care strategies this might be   going for a walk calling a friend watching a movie  know for yourself when this happens I will do this   create the plan ahead of time  you'll have more success with it   than if you wake up you had a plan now you feel  this way and then you add on all the frustration   and everything else if you go into it knowing like  hey these things are gonna happen here's what I do   when this happens it's gonna allow you to start  doing better and better so that you're not adding   the insult to injury with the guilt and the shame  and the frustration and the overwhelm and the   stories that you're telling about you're telling  yourself about why you shouldn't feel this way or   how you're never going to make it or  whatever other stories that we have come up   you'll really just be able to focus on okay  this is what's happening what do I need to do   what can I do to help myself feel better  in this moment that's the only solution   there's no solution to making all of the flare-ups  the emotions the struggles go away instantaneously   especially when they're all right there right when  you have the flare-up it's too late to prevent   the flare-up or make it go away you gotta just  love on it nurture yourself and then slowly over   time increase your health increase your energy  increase your strategies get better strategies   if you're in the moment it's already  too late you just gotta know okay   I’m here given these circumstances how do I get  to show up to this Michelle said I’m trying to   figure out when to prioritize my current health  versus my future business I think this is a really   great thing to consider when I made the decision  to really scale this business to take this idea   and this passion that I had as far as I could take  it I had this vision of where I wanted it to go   I looked and I just I had an honest talk  with myself like what are the things that   I need to do to be able to get there and the  very first one was like you you got to address   this health stuff you got to stop ignoring  it and you got to start taking it seriously   the first two to three years into this vision this  ten year plan that I had have really been about   focusing on my health right and so if you're  starting a business or you're in a place of   business it may mean the business needs to coast  for a little while or it may mean the business   idea needs to sit for a little while because  stage one of this plan is to take better care   of yourself stage one is to get the right people  the right health team the right tools the right   supplements the right whatever it is that you need  so that stage two you've got the mental clarity   the focus the energy to be able to create what  you want to create that's how I went into this   I went into this knowing I have this big vision  step one is I’m gonna work on my business but   my first goal is how do I how do I really tackle  my health like what do I really do about my health   and so that started me off gosh that was almost  three years ago that really started me off finding   the right people doing the right things getting  the better strategies getting the better diet plan   all of those things that have helped me get  to where I am now three years ago I was really   struggling guys pain every single day at levels  anywhere from like four to seven headaches all   the time fatigue all the time frustration like I  was constantly just slogging through it all and   now today because I made my health a priority a  business priority it wasn't a personal priority   and then I’ll look at my business it was I’m  constantly focusing on my business which means   focusing on my health because I was able to do  that I’m now in a place where my energy levels   are generally an eight every single day maybe  I’ll drop down to a seven or a six on a bad day   my brain fog is just about gone completely um  every once in a while I’ll have it like a couple   times a month if that um my pain is like next to  nothing a zero or a one like all of these things   have been able to be sorted out because I finally  started appreciating and nurturing and loving my   body the way that it deserved everything you want  in your business everything you want in your life   is not gonna happen unless you love yourself  and treat yourself with love in other words   love yourself not as an emotion but a verb an  action do the things that are loving for your body   so that you can feel as good as you can feel so  that you can do as good as you can do and again   the strategies the route the path you take the  things that work for you they might look different   both health-wise and business you might get to  do things in a different way but that doesn't   mean that there aren't possibilities we it's the  hardest thing to see when we're in the midst of it   like I said but I really want you to just remind  yourself of this over and over you're not alone   you're not the only business owner that's creating  a sustainable healthy business in a healthy   way but you will get to decide what it gets to  look like for you because what's worked for me   or where what I’ve been able to create it might  not work for you but something will so don't allow   the mind to tell you that there's only this much  potential or you can only do this or you can't do   that just start telling yourself what could I do  what could be next what are my possibilities let   me see what I can figure out let's see how far we  can take this that's been my new mantra I don't   know how healthy I can get I don't know how strong  I can get I don't know what I’ll be able to do   as I’m losing function to one hand and I’m unable  to write lately like I have no idea what to expect   but my mindset now is let's see what's possible  let's see how far I can take this let's see how   healthy I can get and I might at some point  who knows I might end up in a wheelchair or   I might not have a functioning arm in some of  my videos and that's okay because I know that   I’m still gonna do all the things I need  to do to feel the best that I can feel   and I’m gonna do everything I can do to have a  successful business and a positive impact in the   world because my mindset's in the right place I’m  able to feel my best and I’m able to do my best   so that's what I really hope that you take away  from this video that it's not going to be easy   it is not going to be easy you are going to want  to quit you might even quit many times you might   say this is just impossible and I hope that  when that happens you just put yourself to bed   and wake up the next morning with a pep talk and  get back to it because this is possible and you   need this you need financial freedom you need time  freedom because you don't have the luxury of being   able to work your ass off forever you need to  be smart with your time your energy your efforts   your strategies so that you can create the things  that you need so you can feel good so you can do   good so you can make a difference so you can help  others all of the things so again it's not easy   but it's so freaking worth it I hope that this  has been helpful and if you need support with us   check out the links below I have tons and tons of  support from you free challenges free trainings   coaching programs all the things that you could  possibly need to be able to create the mindset   and create the business that will allow you to  create a the life that you're really after so   leave me a fist bump in the comments  if you watch this whole thing because   I love you if you did thank you guys for  watching and I’ll see you in the next one.

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