I hope your week has been full of purpose, passion, and productivity! I'm excited to share with you a VIDEO introducing you to me, my work, and 3 lessons I'm learning about success. This was a message I delivered back in November to a local networking group, 6 Figure Success Club. With the latest talk on leadership and success, I thought you'd like to hear it too. In this video, you'll learn about:
- my "quarter life crisis" and how it led to where I am today
- Where to start for a meaningful journey
- How there's no such thing as an overnight success and what to do instead
- The #1 game-changer in my mindset for success
Here it is! Check it out and enjoy, and if you're more of a reader, I've included a transcript for you to follow below the video:
Hi everyone! My name is Shi Chen, and I’m a leadership and success coach. I help women who overwhelmed with their businesses be better leaders so can spend less time working, more time living, and make a difference in the world.
I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you my own entrepreneurial journey, and since this is the success club, I also wanted to share 3 lessons I learned about success that will hopefully encourage you along your own journey.
So let me give you a little bit of background. Two years ago, I was living as an expat in Beijing, China, teaching at an international school, living what I refer to as the “quarter life crisis” — things on the outside were great, I was engaged to my best friend, I had a job that supported me, great friends, and living abroad so it was definitely this adventurous, city lifestyle. But things on the inside weren’t so great. Maybe you can relate to this — have you ever felt, just stuck in where you are? Like there’s gotta be more to life? Like you were meant for more? That’s when I learned my first lesson about success — Success is not defined by your circumstance, it's defined by your purpose. Simon Sinek has the famous phrase, “Start with Why”, meaning whatever you do, start with the reason why you do what you do. I have lost sight of my greater purpose, sharing my gifts, and doing things that made me come alive. So luckily, around the same time, I started working with a coach, who helped me clearly define what my purpose is. My purpose is, I feel like I’m put on earth to grow and connect the next generation of leaders so that together, we can make a positive impact in the world. Knowing that and owning it, really got me fired up to make some big changes in my life. Because I experienced firsthand the transformational power from the process of coaching, I pursued my coach training and transitioned from teaching, into coaching, launching my practice full-time in July.
A question I want you to consider is: What is your greater purpose?
So, while I’m growing my coaching business, I learned Lesson #2 about success: There’s no such thing as an overnight success. No, big dreams take time, consistency, and persistency. I learned to break down bigger goals into and work at it little by little everyday. For example, if I want to get better at public speaking, then guess what? I need to practice speaking publicly. That means speaking for 5 minutes here, calling an organization to set up a workshop, and volunteering to speak in front of a group. With each step, there’s a chance to get feedback, create progress, and get better and more comfortable as you work towards your goals.
How about you? What small action step can you take today to get you closer to your bigger goal?
The last lesson that I learned about success was a total game changer for me. Gratitude turns who you are, and what you have, into enough. When I first started, it was easy to compare myself with other coaches, and see what they’re doing, and think “Oh, well, if I just had a well-branded web site or a podcast that featured celebrities, I would be better off” but that kind of thinking limits your own potential. Comparison is the thief of joy, but gratitude cultivates it. Instead, when you think “I’m grateful for this client who trusted me enough to hire me” or “Thank God I have this speaking opportunity where I get to connect with this group of people”, it allows you to pave your own way and enjoy the journey on the way to your destination.
Now it’s your turn, take a moment to think to yourself: What am I truly grateful for and why? How can I express my gratitude?
So that’s a little bit about my own story and the lessons I learned about success. I believe that we all have big dreams and are capable of achieving success. If you are interested in having me be apart of your entrepreneurial journey, then hop on over to my web site to get the latest updates at http:///www.shichencoaching.com/newsletter or follow along @shichencoaching. I’d love to hear your thoughts on what lessons you’re learning about success.