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How I Hit My FIRST 6-Figure Year

Would you like to hear how I had my FIRST 6-figure year?
(And have been multiplying that ever since?)
This is a story I’ve shared with my coaching clients, but I
don’t often share it publicly.
This happened nearly fifteen years ago. It really started with a shift of consciousness.


And then it got really messy. Totally not what I expected.


I had already slayed my money monster, and I had my Money Honey. My finances were stable. I was making a decent living, and I was aware that I was hitting a way-too-low ceiling of what was possible for me.
I made a decision, as I was designing my new lesson for the year, (those of you who have done the Renewal Ritual in my Financial Alchemy workbook on Amazon know what I’m talking about) that I was going to “take off the limits of what I believed possible for myself.”
Boy did that change things for me! Because as soon as I took off the limits of what I believed possible for myself, I took off the limits on what I’d been investing in my business. I started spending money like someone who believed she was going to make 6-figures that year.
I bought all the classes, programs, and coaches I had been too cautious to buy in the past.

I spent more than I ever had before. Without seeing my income rise.

It was like a bad joke. Not at all what I imagined when I set the intention to “remove limits.”
By the time August came around, that year, my bank account was at ZERO. I swore to myself I wouldn’t hire another coach.
But instead I charged another $8,000 to my credit card, transferred the balance to a 2.99% card, and flew across the country for a 2-day seminar on something I believed I needed to learn.

Because I believed in myself enough to invest with money I didn’t have yet.


The teacher was awful. I don’t recommend him. But someone IN the class with me made a suggestion while we shared a cab ride back to the airport. I took her advice. And here’s what happened:

  • I had my first $20,000 month when I got home.
  • Followed by my first $30,000 month.
  • Followed by my first $50,000 month.
I made over $100,000 in under 90 days!  After never having reached that before in a 12 month period. I was a bigger person, and I could never go back to playing small.
I learned some golden lessons that still work for me today. Here are my 4 BIG TAKEAWAYS:
1) If you want to succeed, you must make decisions from the perspective of your successful future-self.
Those decisions will always be more expansive and courageous than decisions based on fear and lack of confidence.
2) Don’t let your circumstances make your decisions.
I invested in myself even when I had debt. Debt is temporary. Never wait until such-and-such happens to take action. That thing you’re waiting for is waiting for YOU to step up. The clients and the money always come AFTER you act like the person you want to be.
3) My success doesn’t depend on my coaches.
I’m going to get really honest and personal here. I’ve hired some truly terrible coaches. And I’ve made that “mistake” more than once. Cause I tend to see the best in everybody, and I assume other people share my values.  So I paid tens of thousands of dollars for programs and promises they never delivered.  Once I paid them I discovered I knew more than they did, made more money than they did, and had better relationships than they did.
I never asked for a refund. (I probably should have.) I always felt this is my business, so it’s my responsibility to make sure I grow and get something I need from the experience.
Often the real value was the other people I met in the group.
Or it was seeing exactly what NOT to do in my own business.
Or simply the act of believing in myself enough to invest at such a high level.
And I always multiplied my income and my happiness anyway.
4) Be the kind of coach/service provider YOU would want to have.

When your competitors are under-delivering, maybe even bringing down your industry, this is an opportunity to be the solution! You may not see the rewards overnight, but if you keep plugging away, respecting yourself and your clients, and delivering superior service and results, it WILL catch up to you. And your success will last!

It ALWAYS comes down to finding opportunities, not excuses. No matter what.
The clients, the money, the relationships come AFTER you say yes to yourself.
Because that’s how life works.
PS: Let’s hear from YOU!  Have you had a similar experience? What’s worked for you?
Please post your comments and insights below!


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