Jan Taylor, owner of Get Lively: Mindful Health & Fitness Coaching, is a gal on a mission to help you feel your most “lively” through positive nutrition, movement, and mindset.
As a certified health coach, personal trainer, and Pilates instructor, Jan will work with you to uncover what works best for your unique body, mind, and life so that you can be consistent and joyful each day.
Jan’s studio is located in Watertown, MA but can coaches virtually and can be anywhere online: www.getlivelynow.com Also check out her podcast “Get Lively with Jan."
How do you define success?
This is such a good question and one that shifted significantly for me after leaving my 12-year long career as a fundraiser to start my own health and fitness practice. As an employee at a college, that I loved dearly, I measured my success by my title and salary; and I felt quite successful in these areas. And then I started my own business… I was initially so worried about the financial piece of it all but soon learned that I would be defining success in ways other than title and salary.
One of the greatest surprises for me as an entrepreneur was the shift from measuring my success in a monetary way to seeing the look on a client’s face when they did something that they did not physically think they could do. Or hearing the ease in their voice when they finally found a way to release the negative talk in their own head. This has become my currency; this has become my measure of success.
How did you get where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way?
I’ve been blessed with an incredibly supportive family, husband, and friends. I’ve been blessed with mentors who have believed in me and encouraged me to nurture my “lively” spirit and always to be myself. And then there was also some divine intervention…
As I was considering leaving my fundraising career to open my own health & fitness practice, I was wrought with fears and concerns that I wouldn’t succeed, but something kept calling me to do it. I truly feel that the Universe was guiding me to this place, and I’ve learned that when you resist the path that has been laid out for you, your life gets chaotic. My life had gotten chaotic. A career that I once loved, no longer brought me joy. I knew it was time for a change, but I was terrified.
So I asked for guidance, and one morning while driving to my 6 am Pilates class, I heard my grandfather’s voice telling me, “Oh Jan, it’s going to be okay.” I felt him smiling down at me, and that was the day that I decided that I would go for it. That was four and a half years ago… and I’ve never looked back.
What's your productivity secret?
No secret weapon here as it all comes down to having a plan and being consistent. One of the best things that I’ve done as an entrepreneur was to hire a business coach. Even though I felt I didn’t have the funds, I did it anyway. She held me accountable and helped me to find consistency and rhythm to my business.
My productivity really shifted after I determined the “non-negotiables” that would be done every week. For me that is recording my weekly podcast, sending a weekly eNews, creating weekly fitness plans for my clients and small groups, and blocking my schedule.
I do these four things every single Friday to set up the next week. Having these items anchored in my schedule each week keeps me focused and from this foundation, I add the layers. The client sessions, social media marketing, developing content and coaching for my monthly membership group, bookkeeping; whatever needs to happen that week.
It’s been a game changer for me and the stuff I once feared (how will I ever generate enough content to record a podcast and email every week???) has become just what I do.
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