Stop Waiting and Start Sharing!
Hello and welcome. We are talking today about how you can have a bigger impact on people’s lives right now today. It’s something that I’m super passionate about. For those of you that haven’t watched me before, my name is Coach Jimmy and I’m coming to you live from Dallas, TX and I have been really consistent doing these live streams and I’ve been a little inconsistent with a few things that have been going on in my business and in life that have been very exciting, but I’m excited to be back because I want to give you value every day that you can take and make applicable.
So what do I mean by that? What do I mean that you can have value or that you can add value? You can impact other people’s lives in so many ways and it comes back to one key point. What do that mean?
For some of you, that means maybe you’ve started an online business as an entrepreneur or you’ve thought about starting an online business as an entrepreneur. Maybe you are very philanthropic and you work with a non-profit or you really have a passion for helping other people or seeing other people succeed or filling a need. Whether it’s business or personal or family life, we really have…every person really has this innate power to impact somebody else and so many times we don’t do it and the key in doing it is about sharing stories.
It’s usually the story that you’re going through right now and so many people want to wait and think that they’re going to wait until their story is done. Let’s use fitness as an example. “Okay, well, I can’t share a story that is going to impact somebody until I have that killer before and after photo. I can’t encourage somebody else with their business or talk about the business I’m trying to put up until I’ve paid off debt or I’m making six figures a year or I’m a millionaire,” or whatever.
So many people are waiting for the “after photo” of whatever they are in life. Whatever your struggle is right now. Maybe it’s, “I can’t give somebody else relationship tips because I have drama in my relationships,” or maybe you’re going through a divorce or maybe something isn’t going well. Maybe it’s parenting tips. “I want to write a parenting book, but my kids are crazy and therefore once I figure out my kids, then I can help somebody else.”
Share the middle of your story
It’s a trap that I see so many people fall into because you could have a really strong impact right now in the midst of writing your own story. In fact, I’m going to encourage you to not wait until your story is done because for those of you that don’t know me, somebody that has lost 100 lbs, was a former three time college dropout with no resume and nothing that said that I was going to be successful in business, but we’ve been able to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in debt and we’ve created a seven figure business and my wife and I are able to stay home with our kids.
Had I waited to go, “Once I have all those stats that I just told you, then I’ll with people,” but I’m here in my business, in my physical walk, in my spiritual life, and my relationships because I was willing to announce and talk about the journey and that’s where other people were inspired because they want to go on the journey with you.
I’m getting prepared in a few weeks to go to Nashville to speak in front of an event of 25,000 people and this is literally one of the things that I’m going to be talking about is how you have to share in the midst of the story. People aren’t looking for after photo, completed stories to be inspired by.
They just aren’t.
Accomplishment doesn’t inspire, struggle does
I can tell that at any time I was at my fittest and showed those pictures, I didn’t inspire more people to get started in their own fitness journey then. I really didn’t or when I talk to people about, “Okay, we paid off $60,000 in debt,” that story really doesn’t inspire people to move.
What it does is people look and say, “Oh, that’s great for you,” and it still seems like this giant mountain. It seems like this giant mountain still of, “Oh, that’s great,” and you gain fans and you gain admirers, but you don’t spark a lot of people into action.
You know what sparks people into action? “Hey, I started this a week ago, a month ago. This is where we are. I’m still really struggling here. I’m still working to put this business together. I just can’t get that webinar right.” or “Hey, I told you that I really want to start a side business and be an entrepreneur and I’m still learning how to do an email funnel or a landing page and I’m still struggling to get my Facebook Reach up, but these are the steps that I’m starting to try and get that up.”
Maybe you talk about the course that you plugged into. Maybe it’s something where you’re like, “Oh, I’m really trying to build my YouTube channel so I reached out to somebody (like James Wedmore) and I’m in the middle of his Video ROI and let me tell you some of the things that I’m learning along the way.” There’s value in you sharing what you’re learning in the midst of it even if you haven’t mastered it yet.
At the end of the day, people want to follow flawed human beings because we’re all flawed human beings.
I was just reminded of that. I’m heading to Los Angeles tomorrow and for the next 3 or 4 days I will be attending Chalene Johnson’s Marketing Impact Academy and that Academy has been huge for me in building my business and stuff so there’s a lot of things that I forward that I learn from Chalene to you even if I haven’t completely mastered it yet. I’m like, “Oh, look at this new thing I’m learning how to do, but maybe I haven’t mastered it yet.”
Like, “Oh, I can’t teach you about Instagram yet until I have a million followers. I can’t tell you about Snapchat until I totally figure it out.”
So I really hope that you follow the theme here that people…you know what? At the end of the day, people want to follow flawed human beings because we’re all flawed human beings. If you’re this epitome of perfection or you’re waiting for the after photo of whatever you’re in, to share me as just a flawed human being, you’re just going to go “Oh, they’re awesome. He’s awesome. She’s awesome. I can never do that.”
Flaws are relatable
But if you’re sharing the journey along the way and your struggles…again, I compare a lot of things to health and fitness mirrors so much of what we do, the things we do with relationships in our life. It mirrors the things that we do in business and in so many other places, but it’s about consistency. It’s, “Hey, this is what I learned about my nutrition,” but you can still share that and share it with somebody, “But I blew it last night because I ate half a cake,” or “I went out with my buddies last weekend and drank a bottle of tequila. That probably wasn’t the wisest choice.”
But what so many people do when they “fall off the wagon”, which is not one of my favorite phrases, but it’s one we use. You use. We want to go into hiding mode and pretend it didn’t happen. If we’re really honest with ourselves about it, somebody else is going to be sparked to move because they’re going to relate with you.
I’ve worked a lot with Bo Eason and he’s another just master storyteller and that’s one of the reasons I connect with him is that we share the same passion for helping people craft stories and tell stories that are going to have an impact in the marketplace. What he says is, “You tell your story even if you don’t think it’s a big deal or you don’t think that anybody can relate to it because people will find themselves in your story.”
So when I jump on and a lot of times when I’m speaking or if you’ve watched videos on my YouTube channel, which hopefully you subscribe to, you will hear me a lot of times talk about how I was a 100lbs overweight, three time college dropout that was living back with my parents in my mid-twenties and as I tell my story, you may have never been 100lbs overweight. You may be a college graduate. You may have none of those things in common, but as I talk about the feelings that I went through during my time in the struggles and my anger and what motivated me to move, there’s going to be a piece of my story, if we’re ever to work together, right?
Your story makes the journey possible
So this is also what’s going to help those of you in business when you’re looking for your ideal client, the person you really enjoy working with the most, is if you will talk about your story, somebody is going to find themselves in your story. So I share that story, you may never have been 100lbs overweight, you may have never been a three time college dropout, I talk about how I had an apartment in Orlando that was literally a TV and a mattress on the floor and I was living off a box of Minute Rice before my Mom told me that I needed to come home, none of those things may be what you did, but you go, “I know how he feels because…” and you fill in in your head something that made you feel as defeated or as frustrated or as angry.
Another piece of my story that I share a lot of times is that during that piece when I was back at home and 100 lbs overweight, I share a piece of my story and you can find this on my YouTube channel. It’s a live video, it’s a video from a live training that I did in New York City, that I talk about the moment when I came across a mirror one day and I stood in front of myself in the mirror, 100lbs overweight and like all this stuff going on and I had come out of a relationship that I thought that I was kind of dating out of my league a little bit and here I am at the lowest point of my life and I had this moment where I literally looked myself in the eye in the mirror and said, “If you don’t change, you’re going to be alone for the rest of your life.”
Stop waiting until you’re an “expert” because you know what you’re an expert at? How you feel right now. You’re already an expert in it because you’re experiencing it.
Now, again, you may have never stood naked in front of a mirror at 100 lbs overweight and got mad and emotional at yourself, but when I share that piece of my story, I’m going to assume that there’s something that sparks in you.
That thing that you’re like, “Yes, I know when I’ve been that mad at myself. I know that spark.” Or maybe with my sharing that, that sparks that moment in your life.
So by me sharing that now or even, again, in the midst of it. If you’re going through that right now, “This is what I’m frustrated about in my life. These are the things I’m working on to do to change it, even though I haven’t mastered it, even though I may mess it up tomorrow.” The fact that you’re willing to share it has a huge power to spark somebody else into action as well.
So, stop waiting until you have it all figured out. Stop waiting until you’re an “expert” because you know what you’re an expert at? How you feel right now. What you’re going through right now. You’re already an expert in it because you’re experiencing it. You’re doing it.
Help others by sharing your struggles
So that’s my encouragement to you. If this is something that’s been helpful to you, I really do encourage you to share this video to help somebody else do that. If just hearing the fact that, “Wow, I never really thought that I could have an impact on somebody else’s life,” that’s what I do!
I literally teach people how to take their story and create a side, part-time, online business with it and if that’s something that you would like to know more about, I have a brand new webinar, that I’m taking registration for now, that is filling up and you can simply go to JoinCoachJimmy.com. You can see when my next webinar is. I share with you how I use my story to create a business that allowed us to pay off that debt and live at home and I’m also going to share some testimonies with you from some people that I have worked with and helped them do the same. They have stories nothing like mine and we can take individual stories, regardless of if you have anything in common with me or not.
We craft your story to have impact in the people you want to have an impact in life. So, one more time, that’s JoinCoachJimmy.com. I encourage you to check it out. It’s a free webinar. If for nothing else, spend a little time with me and maybe there’s something of value you’ll get even if it’s, “No, Jimmy, I don’t think an online business is something that I want to do.”
If you just want to learn how to have a bigger impact in people’s lives and play a significant role in your community or online, I really encourage you to come check out the webinar.
Thank you so much. Thank you for sharing the video. Thank you for the likes and making sure you’re subscribed because I’m going to be on here a lot more and make sure you’re following because the next four days, I’m going to be in California and trying to hop on here as often as possible. Alright, take care.