My theme this year: Be Inspired and Inspire Others!
This past year was truly a great one for many reasons both personally and professionally but it did also have it´s low points which is where I got the inspiration for my theme this year to BE INSPIRED AND INSPIRE OTHERS!
Last year was filled with many changes and new beginnings. It all started at the end of 2014 where my sister and I closed the shoe store (yes, this was a good thing) and I went back to Language Coaching and teaching English. Along with that, I decided to dust off my behavior analysis and personal life coaching skills.
As with anything I do, my professionalism, expertise, and people skills got me busy quick and my business took off. I created my website, mejoraringlesnegocios.com and I instantly had tons of clients and my schedule was booked solid, but it wasn´t the business that I wanted to be booked solid with. I wanted my behavior analysis and personal life coaching to be the line of work that filled my days and for whatever reason, I couldn´t seem to make it happen.
Well, if you know me, I´m a workaholic, I pushed through and I even made time to create a Meetup Group called Barcelona Beauty. I wanted to have a creative outlet not only that, I wanted to be around people! I love helping others, socializing, and makeup so I combined it all with this Meetup. It´s fun but I still felt unfulfilled and still sadly uninspired.
Fall season came and went. I was busier than ever despite my hectic schedule I made time to read, catch up with friends, even take a few day trips. What I didn’t make time for, was to analyze why I couldn’t manage to get my coaching business off the ground. There were a few known facts to me: I hated the word “coach” and the title, ¨Behavior Analyst¨ was so technical that no one knew what that was. I felt stuck and really wanted answers but kept coming up empty.
Until I decided that I knew enough to coach myself through this slump and that´s exactly what I did: I analyzed myself! I asked the questions I would normally ask my coaching clients and came up with this: I had to redefine myself as a Behavior Analyst. I was no longer just a “super nanny”. I had way more skills beyond a parent trainer and I had to be o.k. with calling myself a behavior analyst once again. I realized that I truly LOVE being a behavior analyst. It´s ingrained in me, it´s what I do and I do it extremely well! I am an expert with years and years of experience. My skills and expertise are far greater because I had been a super nanny, a sales woman, and an educator. Now I can reach people in all sectors, not just in the developmental disabilities sector, but everyone that wants to form new habits that will allow them to be in control of their lives, learn new techniques, and use new tools to better themselves especially, what to do when life throws them lemons or when insecurities come crashing in. I´ve got the skills and tools or the keys to unlock their success and how much more inspiring and exciting can that be?!
I also realized that I had been so busy this year that I forgot to truly inspire myself and for me, inspiration comes in helping others but also inspiring them to make big strides in their lives. Really uplifting them to make positive changes in themselves and in the lives of their spouses and children. To become their own role models and role models to their peers and in their communities.
Another thing that helped me stay inspired and rekindle my passion was to surround myself with like minded people. My support system is essential and luckily I´ve maintained, met, and keep motivational people in my inner circle. We help each other through weekly issues and sometimes daily issues, during rough patches, and unexpected events. Without this core group things can look bleak. It´s a nice reminder that it´s always better with a buddy.
With all this said and done, I´m happy to say that I´m back! Your friendly neighborhood behavior analyst is open for business.
Let me inspire you to be the best you this year with this simple start: be you. be true to your spirit and all things will fall into place.
Easier said than done sometimes, I know, but don´t worry, I can help.
What are you doing this week, this month to stay inspired?