When I purchased the personal trainer certification resources back in June, I figured it would take me 3 months to get through the material and get my certification. I thought I would be training clients in their homes by October and well on my way to making $1000/week training… pipe dreams, right?
Well, it took me 6 months to get the studying under my belt and Saturday December 8th, I went and sat the exam. I haven’t sat an exam like that since college — and back then it was paper and pencil, not mouse clicks and flags.
I had butterflies in my stomach and knew that I had been too verbal about my nerves in front of the kids. I had to pass for them, because I didn’t know if I’d know how to handle their disappointment while dealing with my own failure. Thankfully I didn’t find out!
When the exam was complete and I got the news that I passed, I could physically feel the stress leaving my body. It was extraordinary! I walked back to my car and just sat there for a few minutes realizing that one of my goals for 2013 had been met.
I also realized then, and during the couple of weeks that have elapsed since then, that my priorities and focus haven’t been where they need to be. I dropped the ball on being mom, and moving forward with my business goals — why had I let them slide so much for this one goal?
This goal was deep. This goal was validation. This goal was part of my overall strategy to continue forging my path. I had to complete this certification and put plans into action. So that’s what I did.
While I haven’t spent the past couple of weeks wallowing in self-doubt, I haven’t exactly been focused on business or my kids or much of anything really. I’ve been dabbling in some pretty awesome ideas… things that if I plan 2014 in a logical and forward-thinking manner are completely achievable. I want to do so much and still have so far to go (see, there I am wallowing a bit.) Truth is that I’m capable of so much more than I accomplish — and the time is now to change that.
Right here, right now, I need to put the plan out in front of the people who can help me stay focused, determined and ultimately succeed!
Wishlist — the place to start goal setting
- Personal training
- Work with 6-10 people/week
- Make at least $500/week by the end of February
- Work with youth by summertime
- Online coaching (with Beachbody products)
- Coach men and women through the first 21 days of their programs each and every month
- Grow my personally sponsored by 2 new coaches/month.
- Attend Beachbody Summit 2014, in June
- Website Development
- Create custom websites for 2-3 fitness professionals each month, except summertime
- Renew relationships with prior clients, in order to gain referrals
- (Mostly) Passive income
- Complete and publish two WordPress plugins
- Complete and launch turnkey website solution for my peers in the fitness community
- Personal Development
- Journal on a regular basis
- Read (or listen to) at least 1 new non-fiction book each month
- Family (not that this is last on my list!)
- Spend one weekend day each month with each child one-on-one
- Date night with Sam at least once every 6 weeks
- Take a summer vacation
- Take day trips/outings to explore parts of the region every couple of months
Creating a cohesive, actionable plan from that long list of wishes above is going to take work. It needs to get done.
I work approximately 28 hours a week, while the kids are in school.
When I do hourly WordPress work, I charge $55/hour, website projects start at $1149 and I am willing to have 3 on my plate at any one time. I’m starting my personal training biz at $45/hour. I need to come up with a realistic monetary goal for my active work time. Based on these numbers, what do you believe a realistic number would be?