I cannot BELIEVE it was a year ago that I started Trained By Eleanor and started working as a PT. It’s been one of the most fulfilling, exhilarating, tough, emotional, rewarding, crazy years of my life. I’d like to thank everyone who has trained with me, supported me, read one of my blogs or posts, liked something I’ve posted on Facebook, emailed me, asked me a question or answered one that I had for you. Really, truly and seriously – you are what makes me tick and however dreamy this dream-job is, I couldn’t do it without you.
I’m not going to write about why you should hire a personal trainer or start thinking about getting into fitness. Instead I’ve written something which I hope will inspire anyone who feels stuck in a rut, who is thinking about starting a new journey, be it fitness, work-related or otherwise, or just that life needs a bit of a makeover. These are the most valuable things I’ve learnt since I took control of my life – I hope one of them encourages you to do the same.
1. Believe in yourself.
Change is a scary thing. It’s easy to focus on all the things that might go wrong and the things which you know will maybe alter things for the worst – money, free-time, social life etc. But trust me when I say – if you want something badly enough, you WILL make it happen. You WILL adjust to your new situation and you WILL make the best of it. Don’t let doubt prevent you from doing something that you love. TRY. If it doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world and you never know what you might learn. Ignore the negatives – they’re not important…..
2. Be Positive
I’ve always considered myself quite a positive person but this is the year that particular attribute has really come into play. And actually, you’ll find that the improvement in your quality of life really aids your ability to be positive. Count your blessings, often.
3. Take every opportunity
Not long after I first started the business I got offered a chance to work with a brand who I wasn’t sure was a good match for mine. I asked the advice of a few people I trust and realized it was be silly not to take this opportunity. Not only was it an amazing experience, but I earned a client who is still with me all this time later.
4. Make sacrifices – and embrace them
There are many things, both material and otherwise, that you might have to sacrifice in order to reach your goals. It’s the nature of the beast. Yes, I have less money to treat myself to things like clothes and shoes – but when I can afford to treat myself to something, it’s the best feeling ever.
5. Be realistic
Being positive doesn’t mean being unrealistic about the way things are. I’d be lying if I said that working for yourself is the easiest option. There are still rules, and unexpected twists and turns. For example, during this, my first year of business, I’ve had to save 25% of my profits to pay for a big ole’ tax bill. THE GLAMOUR!
6. Be proactive, not reactive
A friend of mine gave me this absolutely invaluable piece of advice when I first started out. There’s always a LOT to be done in the world of TBE and I make sure I make lists, work hard, chase, enquire, stay hungry and keep on top of things. The work sadly doesn’t do itself but the harder you work, the greater the pay-off. Don’t sit around waiting for things to improve – MAKE IT HAPPEN.
7. Ask questions
I am constantly asking for advice from others. We never know it all and we NEVER stop learning. There are people I go to for help with fitness, nutrition, business, my people skills, and many MANY other subjects. Don’t be afraid to ask and act on the answers you receive. In the same sentence…..
8. Trust your instinct
This is no-one else’s journey but yours.
9. Aim high
Keep reaching for more. Nothing is impossible when it comes to what you want to achieve. Remember your goals and why you did what you did and keep striving to maintain the new life you have made for yourself. However big or small your goals are – it doesn’t make them any less important.
10. CONGRATULATE YOURSELF
Every now and again I make sure I take time to realise how far I’ve come and how much I’ve achieved. It’s totally fine to have a little boast every now and again in ALL walks of life! To everyone who is reading this – CONGRATULATIONS on being YOU – no-one else does it better and no-one else ever will. You are AMAZING: then, now, and always.