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Jeff Agostinelli – How To Take Your Life To The Next Level

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About this episode

Our special guest is Jeff Agostinelli, a life and business coach, and the host of The Next Level podcast.  Jeff spent a couple of years of his life studying the MCATs and getting ready to go to medical school to prepare for life as a doctor.  But along the way, something didn’t feel right to him, so he took a detour and becaome a private chef, traveling all over the world.  While this seemed like a dream job, once again Jeff decided to make a big change and moved into the world of personal development and business.  In this episode, Jeff shares his story of how he’s been able to continuously take his life to the next level and how you can too!

One big takeaway

Get comfortable being uncomfortable not knowing your next step. Get comfortable letting options be presented and saying yes or no based on how you feel.  This is where changes actually start.  Embrace getting uncomfortable and you will see your life change.

Resources

Visit Jeff’s website at Jeff Agostinelli and connect with him on Facebook here

Jeff Sanders – The 5 AM Miracle

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About this episode

Our special guest is Jeff Sanders of The 5 AM Miracle podcast and his book The 5 AM Miracle – Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast.   Jeff began waking up at 5 am when he started training for a marathon and this new habit stuck.  As long as we’re intentional with our time and have a reason why you want to get up early and get your day started, anyone can create a new habit of getting up early, even late night owls.  His personal 5 am routine is always focused on energy production.  He even gave some great tips on how moms with super busy mornings can have their own 5 am miracle.

One big takeaway

Jeff began getting up early when he started to train for a marathon.  The only opportunity he had in his day to train was to wake up at 5 am and run before he went to work.  Well, he discovered that when he got to work at 9, he had so much more energy, and felt so much better and there was the potential to get a lot done in those hours that he had previously been wasting.  So he kept the routine of waking up early, even after his marathon ended.  You can make the switch and become an early riser when you’re passionate about what it is you want to do with those hours.

Resources

Visit Jeff’s website at Jeff Sanders.

Ted Ryce – Overcoming Tragedies And Living a Legendary Life

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About this episode

Our special guest is Ted Ryce.  Ted is the creator of the Legendary Life podcast.  He’s gone through more personal tragedies than most of us will encounter in an entire lifetime including having a mentally ill mother who later on died in a car accident when he was 14, having his 9 year old brother abducted, raped and killed when he was 19, and a sister that committed suicide a couple of years ago.  He uses his stories to help people live a legendary life so we don’t waste one moment on this Earth and we can leave a legacy.

One big takeaway

You will not have the power to change if you have negative influences in your life.  Even if it’s your parents or your friends, you need to separate yourself from any negative influences.  Really be honest when you ask yourself who in your life is having a negative influence on you.  Then take the necessary action to separate from them.

Resources

Visit Ted’s website at Legendary Life Podcast

Also please check out the Jimmy Ryce Foundation

Kim Orlesky – Letting Go And Traveling The World

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About this episode

Our special guest is Kim Orlesky.  Kim is an international speaker, author and coach and was named one of the most inspirational bloggers in 2015 in Success Magazine.  In 2014, Kim quit her job and traveled the word by herself.  A breakup was the catalyst behind her decision to travel, which included 17 countries on 4 continents, riding an ostrich in Vietnam, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and tabogganing down the Great Wall of China.  She said yes to everything!

One Big takeaway

Kim didn’t let fear paralyze her as she was putting together her travel plans. She decided to just let go, in a sense, whatever happens happens.  If she didn’t like a country, she could always travel back home.  She could always find another job.   She could always find a home and had a good support network of family and friends.   We always regret the things we don’t do, and that lead her to taking that final leap of faith and take her worldly journey.

Resources

Visit Kim’s website at Kim Orlesky

You can contact her through her website or Twitter.

Photographer Spotlight: Stacy Marie Photography

Stacy Nish is a mom of 2 and the owner of Stacy Marie Photography out in Draper, Utah (although she does travel).

Stacy has a passion for photography and it shows in her work.  She has done the photographs for over 50 Fit For Photos members, and not only are the pictures amazing, she helps the women have an incredible experience, helping them feel beautiful.  The end result – the ladies have a fun, feel like rockstars and have pictures that they are proud to look at for life.

I interviewed Stacy about all things related to fitness photography and you can see a few samples of her work down below.  For a full album of the Fit For Photos members that Stacy has taken pictures for, check out her Facebook album here.  You can also check out her work on Instagram and on her website, Stacy Marie Photography.

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You can see from Stacy’s answers, how much she cares about the people she works with.

Scott: You know Stacy, Fit For Photos takes work (you’ve even done the program) and there are a few people that just want a family member to take their pictures. Why is it important to have a qualified professional photographer doing the pictures?

Stacy: You’re right Scott! There is so much work and dedication that goes into this program and you’re doing it for YOU! This is an investment into yourself and the photo shoot isn’t just a way to show off your progress or results at the end, it’s a way to reward yourself for all the hard work you put into it.

Having a family member take the photos isn’t doing yourself justice…

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Scott: When hiring a photographer, what should the members be looking for? We came up with guidelines but maybe you can express a few of them here

Stacy: For one, after all the hard work you’ve put in, you want to look your absolute best in your results photos, and hiring a professional is definitely going to help you there, but not only that, it’s so much more than just taking photos, the photo shoot should be an experience. I believe Krista Vo said something about being pampered, and that’s the way it should be. You should go all out for your photos, pamper yourself, reward yourself, FEEL BEAUTIFUL and having a professional photographer is going to add to the experience

Krista Vo: Spot on. And as a mom, after kids enter the world, the focus is all on them so it’s nice to be the center of attention for a minute.

Stacy: One of the biggest things you want to look for when hiring your photographer I think, should be experience. You want someone who isn’t just good at taking photos, but has experience capturing women, in particular, and helping them see how beautiful they are. So you’ll want to look for a portrait photographer, one with fitness experience is a big plus as well. There is so much to be considered with photography, angles, lighting, posing, all can be flattering or work against you regardless of how good you look if you don’t know what you’re doing

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Scott: I also love looking back at my pictures. The one you took of me in the hoodie…no one can ever take that away from me. It’s sooooo worth it.

Stacy: Well that’s part of the point Scott, these photos aren’t just something to get the job done and show what you look like, these are photos you’ll want to be able to look back at later in life and say “that was ME! Look what I DID!” and remember how amazing you looked and FELT. Like Lori said, it’s something she will always have and always be proud of.

Scott: And don’t just shop on price…these will last forever!

Stacy: Scott Colby Exactly! You definitely get what you pay for in the photography industry and again, you are investing in YOURSELF! So don’t sell yourself short. It’s a one time investment that lasts a lifetime

Audience question: I am using a photographer that did awesome maternity photos for me in 2014 & she has done boudoir photos (not of me) but she has never done fitness photos. How would you say boudoir & fitness photos are similar or different? We are planning to do my photos outdoors at Garden of the Gods (she has a studio as plan B if colorado april weather isn’t good)…

Stacy: Boudoir can be quite similar to fitness because you’re capturing a woman’s body in a flattering way. So while she may not have experience showcases muscle definition or tone, she should be familiar with posing you in a way that will flatter you and accentuate the good curves.

You also want to look for someone who is going to have your best interest in mind, someone who understands where you’re coming from and what you’re trying to achieve with these pictures. It’s ok to “interview” your photographer, because this is a big deal and you want to make sure you’re investing in someone who will really tell your story

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Scott: Stacy a lot of the women are nervous about their photo shoot, or even say they hate having their picture taken. How do you make it fun so they love the experience?

Stacy: I deal with that all the time, not just with women who are doing FFP or getting fitness photos, I have clients who don’t even like getting family photos done for the same reasons. But you have to keep in mind that photos are keepsakes, and if you don’t take any now, you won’t have any to look back on later. I know that being in front of the camera can be very vulnerable, especially if you don’t have a ton of self confidence, but I can assure you that not one single person I have photographed through FFP has ever regretted doing a photo shoot. Yes, at first some people are hesitant, even dreading it, but once they embrace it, and really go all out with it, it ends up being a really fun, really liberating experience! I personally like to focus more on the person I am photographing and what makes them feel beautiful, and not as much on just capturing their “fitness pictures”. If that makes sense…

I really try to find out what makes my clients feel empowered, beautiful, strong, sexy and run with it. If you don’t like how you look or feel in your photos, you won’t like your pictures. So I always encourage women to get their hair and makeup professionally done, you’ll be amazed at what that can do for your confidence, and then I help them figure out what to wear, how to prep etc so once at the shoot, I give TONS of direction so they feel comfortable. I play music, act goofy, whatever it takes to help them loosen up. That’s ultimately going to get the best photos out of them as well.

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Audience question: Since you were my photographer and I was already familiar with your work and trusted you because of Scott’s recommendations and all of the other FFP people you worked with, I didn’t really have many questions to ask before we met. Sometimes, we don’t always know what questions to ask the people we are hiring and handing our money over to. What are some key questions you would suggest people ask the photographer they are considering hiring?

Stacy: Good question Lori! I think it’s important to just express to the photographer what you’re ultimately looking to get out of the entire experience. And if you don’t know, cause some people just don’t, then that’s ok too, but ask the photographer what kind of experience they have photographing women, if they have fitness experience, if they give lots of direction during the shoot….ask them what comes with the session, what is included, how long do they shoot for, what is the turn around time etc.

Scott: What do you love about the members of Fit For Photos that you’ve met while doing their photos or on the adventure trips? I know you love them! 🙂

Stacy: Oh man, where to begin?! The woman (and a few men ) that I have met through this program have all been so inspirational! I think too, that because I am capturing them in somewhat of a vulnerable situation, I have been able to connect with many of them on a deeper level. So many of these incredible members have become close friends of mine and I consider several of them family.

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Scott: Last question from me, Stacy – do you have any favorite FFP shoots or experiences you wanted to share?

Stacy: Oh man, so many to choose from, but I’d have to say that the people I have met in Richmond, VA have been the most influential through this whole experience. Not to give any less credit to the other incredible people I have met and worked with in Denver, Texas, Costa Rica, Las Vegas, Utah etc. but as you mentioned earlier Scott, Richmond has had the most FFP people and I travel there at least twice a year to take photos, but the women I have met and befriended there have become my family. I take a genuine interest in all of my clients’ lives and I have really been able to bond with the amazing women in Richmond. Jodi Salvin Perschetz, Shannon Batty Anderson and many other FFP warriors to name a few. They have changed my life for the better and I am so grateful I have been able to continue to work with them through multiple rounds of FFP as well as family photos, boudoir sessions, senior shoots etc. This program really does create a special bond with the women you go through it with and it is just so much more than jsut a “workout” program. Scott genuinely cares about his members and what he provides for them and isn’t just in this to make money, he’s in it to make relationships. 🙂

Scott: Thanks Stacy Nish! Yes we’ve been fortunate to work with so many incredible people that we can now call friends. We are blessed. Stacy I appreciate your work and for being our special guest. This has been some great insight for everyone…thank you!!

Stacy: Thank you for again for having me! hopefully I’ve been able to help ease anyone’s mind who may have been on the fence about the photo shoot part and help them realize that it really is a positive and powering an amazing experience! It might seem scary at first, but I guarantee it will be so worth it in the end. Especially if you hire a good photographer. 🙂

Jodi Perschetz – Transforming From The Inside Out

Jodi Perschetz is a busy mom of 3 girls and works full-time.  OK, do I even need to put the word “busy” here?  I think that’s a given. 😉 When I first met Jodi, she was a lover of chocolate (I think she still is – ha), didn’t like her body and had tried every Jillian Michaels DVD out there, and was also counting calories.  So why wasn’t she seeing results?

If any of this sounds like you, check out Jodi’s Fit For Photos story.  I was curious has to how she was able to make such a big transformation both inside and out, so I interviewed her.  I know you’ll be inspired!  I’m proud that Jodi has made her health and fitness a priority and has found balance in her life.

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Scott: OK first of all thanks for being here. How’s life?

Jodi: Life is good! Very busy but we survived the first few months of middle school! (Makes the others in elementary school seem so easy!)  And thank you for having me. Man, i should have said that first

Scott: OK, first question…so the reason I show off your pictures so often and like to put you in the hot seat, besides you being so willing, is because you’re very relatable. You are a mom of 3, you have a funny husband. You used to count calories, you had body image issues, you tried all sorts of workouts, etc. I think many moms go through something similar. Would you agree?

Jodi: I think many moms go through this and either never talk about it, or they fall to the bottom of their own “to do” list. And always willing because you literally changed my life…so i owe you

Scott: What were some of the things you were trying before FFP that didn’t work?

Jodi: Good thing i can type as much as i want…ha. I tried everything from hours of cardio at the gym, but i was obsessive about Jillian Michaels. I own every dvd she’s ever created (well, since 2012) and would diligently follow her workouts. I would eat super low calorie and low fat and NOTHING worked.

By low calorie/low fat, that meant bagels and cereal, fake low fat cookies, you name it. I thought i had it all figured out.

Scott: And at that point, how did you feel about yourself?

Jodi: Awful. I just felt worse. And everyone was constantly telling me i looked “fine” or i was so “skinny” but i never felt different. I wanted to be stronger and so desperately wanted to have that six-pack. I was pretty much convinced nothing would work after having 3 kids and i wasn’t sure what else to do.

I was so frustrated because i thought i was doing all the right things.  All it did was made me workout more. I’d add in extra cardio or feel guilty over what i ate if it was “bad”

Scott: I know you joined because you saw Anne Westfall McCann‘s results…one of your friends, and that was an important factor with you signing up. And I hope people seeing these amazing ladies are getting inspired!!

OK, what did you learn about yourself either during the program or after it?

Jodi: Yes, Anne Westfall McCann was such a huge inspiration and watching her transform was amazing. I knew it wasn’t some “fake” program and that it worked

I learned so much about myself. I learned that I need to believe in myself and not just worry about what others tell me the way things should be. The harder i worked, the more excited i was because i could see the results so quickly. I learned that it’s okay to be proud of yourself and not to feel guilty about putting me first.

Scott: Those are 2 important things – putting you first without the guilt, and knowing you are in control of your life, your happiness, etc, and not anyone else or any THING external

Jodi: And it wasn’t just a 9-weeks and done…it’s been 3 years of support, friendships, and huge lifestyle changes.

Scott: Lots and lots of friendships. We are now bffs!

Jodi: Totally! You get stuck seeing me now at least once a year…ha

I also learned, i can lift weights and feel like i can kick ass 😉 (can i say that?)

Scott: OK what’s your favorite photo shoot picture of yourself?

Jodi: It’s a tie between the “super woman” pic you posted above and my profile pic (that i did last year). I have many others i love, but that very first pic reminds me of how amazing i felt that day. I felt empowered, excited, and like a rock star. 🙂 The back/shoulder shot i love because i don’t think i realized how much muscle i had built back there! Ha

And just so you all know, i’m the person who can’t take a compliment EVER. I will defer or come up with a reason why something isn’t right. These pictures just remind me that it’s okay to be proud of hard work.

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Scott: OK Jodi you’ve tried so many other workouts and diets. What makes FFP different?

Jodi: Where do i start… Let’s see, the diet was probably the biggest and best changes. I had no idea that my “healthy” diet was holding me back. Eating clean, cutting down on the unhealthy carbs and eating more protein and still be satisfied was something i never thought possible 🙂 (And dark chocolate is clean) The workouts were also awesome because they were changed every other week and built on each other so i saw results so quickly. And, they were FUN and i could do them all at home. I hated going to the gym because i spent more time making myself feel badly and comparing myself to everyone else.

Scott: And I must say you’ve done a great job with your self image and making lifestyle changes that YOU can sustain for the type of life and results you want. And you don’t get hangry as often.

Audience question: Do some of the workouts include heavier lifting? I love lifting but find that most “at home” workouts don’t really include that. Thanks.

Scott: I can answer this one…yes! I am a big believer that to really change your physique, you need some heavier lifting as part of your routine!

Jodi: YES! And they were my favorite!

Of course the biggest thing…support. The women and men (Jon Rehorst, deserves a shout out!) are incredible. Life long friendships have been built and i’ve been fortunate enough to meet many of them. I never once felt the need to compare myself to anyone in my group. I was so motivated by the stories of others. Heidi Hutchinson was in my group and she was just incredible. Each week she was motivating me more and more from her pics that it pushed me too. Shodi Moris and Amy Locke, 2 other vets were the same way. Awesome women.

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Scott: OK final question!! What would you say to someone who has tried everything (like you) and thinks FFP will just be more of the same – a program that doesn’t get you results, or gets you temporary results, then you go back to your old way of life?

Jodi: I would say this is different. I know that sounds “cliche” but when i signed up my words were, “if this doesn’t work, then nothing will.” You will see results and you never ever lose the support. FFP is family and even if you go through a rough patch or you fall back because you went on vacation or took a break, it’s so easy to jump back in and know so many people have your back. I love how I feel when i’m with this group so it’s not 12 weeks and done. This is a lifestyle change and THAT is the biggest difference.

Kathy (past FFP member): I’ll jump in here and say the reason I did FFP (almost 2 years ago) was seeing Jodi Salvin Perschetz‘s results! She was someone I KNEW in REAL LIFE so I knew this was the real deal. Yes! As a mom of 4 myself however with a not so funny husband (I can say that b/c Jodi knows him) I was always putting everyone else first and myself last. FFP was an amazing experience and I saw results! Thank you Jodi Salvin Perschetz, Scott Colby and all the awesome folks in my session that I met along the way! Every single person was such an inspiration and without their support I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did in my session. I had never worked out before, restricted my diet or been part of a fitness program. I learned so much on what it means to be healthy. It’s not stepping on a scale or losing pounds but building a strong healthy body. (sorry if it’s a jumbled mess of thoughts… 4 kids running around still on break here) smile emoticon Love ya Jodi Salvin Perschetz !!!!

I’ll add the fact that EVERYTHING was spelled out for me in the program was HUGE! The food choices, the workouts… EXACTLY what to do and when and how… no guessing or work to figure it out on my end was needed. I just needed to DO IT.

Jodi:  Kathy Lilly, thank you so much! I still remember when we talked that night and you were deciding what to do. smile emoticon It makes me feel so great hearing you say that, thank you! And not a jumbled mess at all, you are awesome and i know how hard you worked while balancing EVERYTHING

Jodi: Thank you Scott Colby for having me. I am glad to call you a friend too and am always here for you. FFP is life changing and if no one believes me, they can read the stories of so many of the other women.

 

Wendy (past FFP member): I’m a little late to the party but had to add that these pics of Jodi were my reason for doing FFP too!!!!! I was so amazed at Jodi’s pics & so proud of her I wanted to try it out!! I’ve made great new friends & learned some really good habits via Mr. Scott Colby! Thanks.

Karissa Hendrickson – You Make Time For What’s Important To You

Karissa Hendrickson is a mom of 8 from Utah, who did an incredible job going through my Fit For Photos Transformation program.  I was interested in finding out from Karissa how she had time to do the program, being a busy mom of 8 kids!!  She impressed me so much by putting her health a priority and how she involved her kids in the workouts.

For those of you who have busy schedules, I hope Karissa’s answers inspire you!  And check out her beautiful family!

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Scott: First question. Do you really have 8 kids? How old are you and how old are your kiddos?

Karissa: Lol!! Yes! I have 8 kids… My oldest just turned 16 and my youngest two are twin three-year-old’s! Life is an awesome crazy party here!  And I’m 37.  I’ve been gaining and losing 40 to 60 pounds 7 times over the last 15 years. 🙂

Scott: The #1 excuse I get from people is not enough time. With 8 kids, how did you find time to do the program?

Karissa:  I truly believe that we have and make time for things that are most important to us! I am on social media very seldom, I hardly ever watch TV and I use the time I have to involve my kids to work out with me.  This program is awesome because I could do all the work out the home, I didn’t waste any time going to and from the gym finding sitters or waking up at 5 AM to get in before the kids had to leave for school.

Once I got going on the program I felt so empowered and so strong that I absolutely loved to do the workouts! I felt so good from the way I was eating that I felt like I had way more energy to actually do the workouts. And it was just a great cycle of wanting to do the workouts because I felt so great when I was doing them

Scott: OK Karissa, were you struggling fitness-wise before FFP?

Karissa: About nine months before I started at FFP I had to have some surgery and was down and recovering for quite sometime. Even though I had worked really hard to get the weight off after I had the twins, I had now gained 12 more pounds and was frustrated and looking for something to help me get through that set back.

Over the last five or six years I have discovered how much I absolutely love fitness and have a passion for the way it makes me feel! Going to the FFP program I realized how absolutely strong and confident I could be about myself.

Scott: Why did you join Fit For Photos and not any of the other 1000s of programs out there?

Karissa: There might be 1000 programs out there, and I feel like I have tried a lot of them… I wanted something new and the idea that there was a photo shoot at the end completely terrified me but I knew that I would hold strong to the program because I would want good pictures as an end result.

And I can’t even tell you how having a photo shoot increased my self-confidence! As women especially, we focus so much on that little spot here or there that doesn’t look perfect. The photo shoot glamorize all the things that looked great!  When it’s just you, all your hard work in the past and the photographer… You feel like a superstar.

Here are some more of Karissa’s photos!

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Scott: How did you involve your kids with your workouts?

Karissa:  If I was working out in the early morning and the kiddos came in, they just joined in. That’s how kids are, they want to be like mommy. In the afternoon and evening I had to carve out time or make time after all the work was done for the evening and sacrifice a little to get those evening workouts.

My teenagers were always encouraging me to get that last 30 minutes of cardio or whatever the days workout was, they also enjoyed seeing me succeed! And I must say, that my husband was a huge support! It was a lot of work for me and without him there supporting me there would have been times I would have easily skipped a WO

Having a good support network is essential! the FFP community is also a huge support network! Being accountable for what you were eating and knowing that someone is going to see what you are writing down is a big deal for me!

Scott: I love it when the family gets involved. Fitness can be something that brings the family together!  OK last question…for the busy moms out there that think they don’t have the time to do Fit For Photos because of work and family obligations, what would you say to them??

I would say that if health and fitness are important to you, this is something that you CAN make time for! You will not regret it, and your family will see The result of you feeling stronger, more confident and having more energy to be a part of their lives!

Moms are busy, and being busy and worn out because you’re eating like crap and not getting enough exercise really takes a toll on the family.

You can do this ladies! I am also a part of the FFP community, and I would be more than happy to be a support and an encouragement for anyone out there!!

Scott: Awesome Karissa well said and thank you for offering your support to anyone who needs it. That’s a great offer!

Audience question: Were you “eating like crap” before? did your whole family make changes to what/how yall eat? Or were you eating different food than you were feeding the rest of them?

Karissa: I guess “eating like crap” is all relative right? I did change my eating habits by focusing more on my sugar intake and that was a big deal for our family. I cooked in large part for myself and the family at the same time

There were times that I did not eat some of the things I cook for the family, but I tried to keep it the same because I just didn’t have time to do both.

Scott: OK Karissa, thank you so much for being a special guest. It’s been a great few months getting to know you. Have a safe drive and thanks for all of your support!!
Karissa: Thanks Scott!

Lori Heisler – Ready Fire Aim!

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About this episode

Our special guest is Lori Heisler, the founder of The Leadership Influence.  Lori shares her journey of taking risks over the past few years, including leaving her assistant principal’s job only 2 years after getting her Master’s degree and starting her own leadership coaching business with no experience and not much money.  She also recently fulfilled a lifelong dream taking a volunteer trip to South Africa.

One Big takeaway

Lori lives by the mantra Ready, Fire, Aim.  She doesn’t let fear hold her back whether it’s quitting her career to start her own business, or traveling to South Africa without having the funds to do so.  Don’t let fear or anything else hold you back.  Do some planning ahead, but don’t overplan.  If you never fire, you might stay in the aim position, maybe forever.  If you want something, claim it!

Resources

Visit Lori’s website at The Leadership Influence.

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