Posted by Jackie Gaston
My official reason for leaving my former dream job as a magazine editor was “I just want to help people live healthier, happier lives.” It sounded completely idealistic and unrealistic to my colleagues at the time, but to me it was the truest thing I’d ever said. I spent the next six years doing that in any way I could, creating a successful copy writing and then communications consulting business working mostly with health and wellness companies. I kept hearing the call to do more, and finally did. I became a life coach. Now I get to help people create and live the life they want to live, just like I did—because happiness isn’t self-centred. It’s our purpose, our dharma, and the greatest gift we can give to the world.
How long have you been a solopreneur?
Who do you serve through your business? Who is your perfect client?
A woman with a dream. She wants more than the life she feels stuck in, and feels called to be of service in the world and make a bigger impact. Chocolate-loving is a bonus.
What was your intention when you created your business and do you feel that your intention has changed since you started?
My intention when I created my business was to help people live with less stress and more happiness. It’s changed because the results my first clients experienced changed. They began to live the life that was most right for them. Their dharma. Their destiny. And way less stress and way more happiness was a non-coincidental side effect.
What do you feel has been the biggest challenge you've faced in getting started and maintaining a business that supports you?
Overcoming my own insecurities and self-doubts. This is a classic one for most of us. Thankfully, we’re infinitely capable and immeasurably powerful.
How do you feel that the Law of Attraction comes into play in your business?
I interpret the law of attraction this way: get what you give. I don’t put out fear-based actions, thoughts, or messaging. I don’t make any decisions to do anything if they’re not from a place of being drawn-towards, rather than moving away from. I live from love, and do without doing...in alignment with what’s most right for me.
Do you differentiate your business personality from your private self or do you feel the two are well integrated? Please give some examples or tell me how it comes together for you.
I don’t share everything. I’m clear on what’s private in my life—my family, my relationship with my husband—and clear on what I’ll share. That being said, I don’t have a business personality. My work is my love and my love stems from the deepest part of me. I am who I am and people who work with me get the real me. Every time. I live what I teach.
Have you ever had a big flop when launching a product or program? If so what did you learn from the experience?
I’ve had things I wanted to work out not work out, but I don’t consider them a big flop. The experiences gave me insight into what it is I’m really, truly passionate about, and what I’m here to do.
Tell me about a big success you've experienced in your business. I'm interested in how the idea came to you, what intention(s) you set before you created it, and why you consider it a success.
My biggest success so far has been my 30-Day Happiness Challenge. I set the intention to reach the world, and it went global, with participants from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Toronto, Vancouver, New York and more. That’s why I consider it a success.
Any words of wisdom for others who are interested in starting a one person business?
Don’t listen to everyone. Listen to you. You’re your own best source of wisdom.
You can find out more about Lindsay and her work here: www.libreliving.com