Interview with Milissa Harding – Certified Health and Wellness Coach

Milissa HardingTell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.

I am a wife and mother of a beautiful four-year old girl. I started my coaching business in 2011, and the journey has been a powerful experience of personal growth and development. With my background in education, I found a number of parallels with coaching that really helped me to step into my new role: connecting with others, creating programs that match the needs of my clients, developing systems and step-by-step processes to set my clients up for success, etc. One of the biggest things I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is how vital it is to be fully committed to personal growth. Entrepreneurship can pull you out of your comfort zone and stretch you into becoming so much more empowered and confident that you can imagine.

As I began to interact more and more with entrepreneurs, I started to notice an interesting trend emerging.  The expectations we are taught to have as entrepreneurs, specifically around making money, often lead to an enormous amount of stress, struggle, and constant striving. When this happens, it can be very easy to lose the joy and purpose that attracts many people to entrepreneurship in the first place. 

As I began to learn more and more about abundance, personal alignment, and the law of attraction, I quickly started to see how these teachings could easily be brought into the journey of building a business. I believe that “When there is a struggle on the inside, it usually points to a struggle on the outside”. This is the underlying theme of the work I do with entrepreneurs now, and it is so rewarding to see the shifts that are made when we approach our businesses with an attitude of expectation, rather than fear. I absolutely love supporting entrepreneurs to make this shift, and I feel so grateful that I have the opportunity to do so.

What did you do before launching your own business?

Before launching my coaching business, I taught full-time as an elementary teacher for 10 years. Once I returned from maternity leave a few years ago, I started getting the entrepreneurial “itch”. My interest in health and wellness led me to enroll in a training program to become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and I soon started supporting entrepreneurs to incorporate healthy habits into their busy lives as business owners. Earlier this year, I re-launched my business, and I am excited to show entrepreneurs how to receive the abundance that their businesses are waiting to give them, when they finally step into their own spotlight and shine.

How did you fund your business?

To support me in funding my business, I save some of my income from my day job, which allows me to participate in ongoing coaching programs and purchase resources for my business.

How many hours do you work a week and how much is spent is your home office?

Currently, I work about 10-12 hours a week. This involves things like networking (online and in person), calls with potential or existing clients, creating programs, and writing newsletters and articles. Much of my time is spent in my home office, since my coaching programs are virtual; however, I am excited to begin looking for opportunities to conduct workshops and participate in other speaking events in 2014, as another way to meet new people and share great content.

How would you rate your success?

I would say that my biggest success has been aligning my personal passion (personal growth) into my business. Once I decided to fully bring who I am into the work that I’m doing, I’ve been amazed at how much easier and fun it has been to build my business. I’ve received opportunities (partnerships with others, invitations to events, etc.) that I don’t believe I would have received if I hadn’t been open to the direction I was being pulled in to support other entrepreneurs in this new way.  Following my intuition has allowed me to experience much success!

What has been your biggest business struggle as an entrepreneur?

My biggest struggle as an entrepreneur was accepting that not everyone is an ideal client. It can be so easy (especially in the early stages of building a business) to try to work with everyone and anyone that you can find, but that’s not the best way to go. Part of my early frustration was finding out that, just because I was so passionate and excited about what I was doing, didn’t mean that everyone else was just as excited to begin work with me!  We need to be patient when it comes to finding clients or even building teams, because in all honesty, not everyone will be a good fit for us and our businesses. Getting clear on who I work best with has been such a wonderful gift, and it’s released me from feeling attached to.

What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur?

As a new entrepreneur, create time in your schedule for personal growth and development. Entrepreneurship is a full contact sport, and it’s so important to regularly take time to learn about yourself and develop new skills. Someone once said that being an entrepreneur is like “personal growth on steroids”. I couldn’t agree more! There are so many beautiful gifts that entrepreneurship gives us, but the biggest one of all is the growth that happens when we strengthen our inner game.

How do you manage all of your personal and business activities?

There are lots of things that I juggle throughout the week, between part-time teaching, spending quality time with family and growing my business. Every two weeks, I make a big list of all the things I’d like to accomplish, and then I decide which ones are priorities and which ones can wait until a later time. I find it helpful to have short and long-term goals, because it makes it easier to know what to say “yes” and “no” to when planning my personal and business life. Having goals allows me to have a laser focus on what I want to achieve, so that I can avoid overwhelm.

Connect with Milissa Harding…

Milissa’s Website: EmbraceYouandYourBiz.com

Facebook Fan Page: Embrace You and Your Biz

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