As many of you guys know, today is my last day at my full-time job. But I want to share something with you all that you may not know.
I love what I do as a journalist. It’s all I ever wanted to do. Be on TV, talk about sports, change lives by telling stories, and keep the public informed.
In my past four years, I have done every one of those things. I can honestly say I made a difference. But there is a lot the viewer doesn’t see that happens in the news industry.
In my last four years:
I’ve missed 3 “4th of July’s”
I’ve missed 4 Thanksgiving’s
I’ve missed 1 Christmas
I’ve missed 3 New Years
I’ve had time off requests denied.
I’ve barely made minimum wage.
I’ve had to cut time short with family.
I’ve been screamed at on the phone by my boss because I didn’t want to do something I didn’t believe in.
I’ve been disrespected.
I’ve been spat at when I try to get interviews after a tragedy.
I’ve been cursed at, ran off properties, threatened, and told I was a horrible person for being at certain scenes.
I’ve been forced to be in situations that made me uncomfortable.
I’ve seen horrific car accidents.
I’ve watched people’s houses burn in front of them.
I saw homes destroyed by a tornado.
I saw communities heartbroken from gang violence.
I’ve been called in on weekends.
I’ve sacrificed sleep.
I’ve thrown up from being overwhelmed.
Four years have taken a toll on my life. It TRULY takes a special person to do this job– because its NOT easy.
In the middle of year two, I was at my lowest for many of the reasons above. You all know my story and where I started. Depression. Stress Eating. Negativity. Broke. Miserable. Unhealthy.
There was one thing that got me through it.
For the first time, I had control over my life, my choices, my health. I was in charge.
Then I began to coach.
Then I started sharing every day.
Then I started helping hundreds and hundreds of people.
Then I started building a team of incredible women that I am helping do the same.
But for some reason, I thought reporting was “my only choice”. I didn’t believe in myself. So I signed another two year contract, moved to Tennessee and the same things started happening again. My mindset went to shit.
Beachbody became HARD. No one wanted to sign up with me. My conversations just ended. People told me no. I missed a giant goal for the first time in December 2014. I was the excuse queen of the century.
It was February 2015, on a snowy Saturday morning when I was called out of bed. It was my weekend and I was forced to work a 14 hour snow day. I still remember sitting on the end of my bed crying my eyes out asking myself why I am doing this to myself. I resented the job. I HATED IT. Zach sat next to me and witnessed the entire thing.
That was the day we made a decision. That by the end of 2015, I would no longer work in news.
Today is January 8, 2016. It is my last day in news.
In 2015, I helped five or more people every month. We went on an all-inclusive trip to Punta Cana. I earned the Success Club cruise I will be going on in March. I started introducing the opportunity to others (HELLOOO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE).
I would like to tell you that was the key to getting me to where I am now. But it’s not. The key to success in this business (and ANY business)– is your mindset.
I had to ELIMINATE my exit strategy. Every time I would think, “What if this doesn’t work”– I had to remind myself: “WHAT IF IT DOES?!” When I wanted to give up, when things got hard, I remembered WHY I needed this in the first place. THAT is what drove me every single day.
I showed up day in and day out. I posted on social media. I pretended I was a 5 star coach when I was just a Diamond. I BELIEVED in myself.
The point of me telling you this is to make you realize, your success is based on you. Our products and Shakeology are just a part of it. But in order to grow your team, in order to accomplish your biggest dreams, in order to become WHO you are meant to be: You HAVE to eliminate you exit strategy and have the mindset you will do WHATEVER it takes. That’s IT.
I went through this feeling for YEARS– but you would never see that on my social media. EVER. The point? We all go through shit. I just chose to pray on it and use it as my fuel.
Take it from me, I accomplished phase one.
I quit. I accomplished my original “WHY”.
That’s cool and all.
But it’s phase two that I am more excited about.
Helping my team accomplish theirs.