568. A Bigger Vision
Chelsea was only 28 years old, but she was waking up with anxiety attacks so severe she could not breathe. It was not that her law career was so awful, but somehow she had lost her connection to the creative person inside her. Finally she decided this just was not acceptable.
Chelsea Fournier started her career as a business and trademark attorney, but two years into it she was struggling with stress and anxiety and knew she was meant to do more than just sit at a desk and bill her time. She now helps entrepreneurs thrive in the digital economy, and helps people launch home-based businesses. She lives a life of geographic freedom and loves traveling the world, meeting and helping new people.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
As Chelsea intensively focused on learning how to be a career and life coach, she recalls, “I began to hear that I have a natural ability to help people break out of their typical thinking, develop a bigger vision, and to be able to fall in love with their plan. I’m good at helping people work backward from a vision to create steps that move them forward every day and get results. Part of that comes from practicing law and being able to take complex issues and work backwards. What that looks like on the ground is helping people become clear about what they want and just take one step. Then, if it’s not too scary and they get results, take that next step. I have a talent for clarifying vision and planning action.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“There was a time in my life when a family member was very ill and ended up passing away. Because I work for myself, I was able to be there. So many of my family members could not be there because they had to go clock-in and show up for a job. I decided, for myself, that will never happen. If my family needs me, I want to be able to be there for them. I focus on being where I want to be, able to support the people I want to support, whether they be clients, entrepreneurs, followers—or, most importantly, my family.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“I feel like I have a completely different life. I’m still the same person–but a whole different version of myself. When I see someone I haven’t seen in four or five years, it is a very jarring reconnection, because so many aspects of my life have changed. Self-care is on my calendar on a weekly basis, and I’m being very intentional about making sure that I never fall into the trap of being overworked and over stressed again.”
On Her Bookshelf
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Stephen Pressfield
The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, by Jeff Olson and John David Mann
Steps to Success from Chelsea Fournier
1. How you do anything is how you do everything. You cannot just show up for life, doing the minimum, then expect to bounce into the life you want to create.
2. If you really want to create a vibrant life, you have to be intentional and consistent about it all the time.
3. You may need to venture out in a side hustle to see if your vision has real potential before you take the leap of faith financially. After all, we live in a gig economy, so test out your vision first as a gig.
Connecting With Chelsea Fournier
Clarify Your Vision: A simple fill-in-the-blanks worksheet for writing a vision statement and affirmations that will get you excited about your day. Go to: https://chelseafournier.com/clarify-vision-worksheet/
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