Immediately after I got off the stage as a speaker last year at IMPACT Live, I waselated. Not only do I love teaching and speaking, it felt good to have people come up to me and say how much they enjoyed my talk on pillar content.
Then, a week later, I was sent my speaker feedback from IMPACT Live attendees:
"Liz is my content pillar crush. Please bring her back next year."
"Loved, loved, loved, loved Liz! One of the best speakers (and also one of the MOST entertaining) at the conference."
"This was by far my favorite presentation. Liz had so much great information and is super funny."
When I finally did seemy video, however, my heart shattered.
In the blink of an eye, it didn't matter that everyone thought I did an amazing job — I wasmortified.
I used to row and did winter track in school. I was in theater and danced. I was active and healthy. And now, this is who I am? How did I let myself get to this point? As I pondered these questions and looked at myself for what felt like the first time in years, I cried quietly at my desk.
Admittedly, it took me a few weeks to climb out of that emotional hole.But once I did, I made a promise to myself that finally, after years of living in denial, I was going to make some big changes in my life.
And I did.
For the past year, I've stuck to a strict schedule of going to the gym at least three times a week, with very few exceptions.(I even went to the gym on Thanksgiving Day.)Also, as much as it has pained me, I've drastically scaled back my once very-committed relationships with cheese, pasta, and bread. Most of all, I learned to be kinder to myself and love myself.
It hasn't always been easy, and I still have a long way to go. But it has been worth it. I feel better. I am more energetic. I ran three miles for the first time in years recently. Oh, and I look a lot better, too.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Well, if I've learned anything in the past 11 months of this journey, it's thatyou can't expect to achieve big results —particularly in business— if you're not willing to put in the work. If you want to see a remarkable transformation of any kind, you need to commit to changing "the way things have always been done" and commit the time required to get stuff done.
So, today, this is my challenge to you.
Take a look in the mirror and be honest about what you need to change.Then, get after it.Make the time for the activities that really matter. Invest in what you need to be successful, whether that's a gym membership or a content manager. Stop saying, "This is the way it's always been done," and think critically about what you need to do differently to evolve and grow.
Trust me, it'll be worth it in the long run.
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