This post is a recap of my personal experience at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s London conference in 2012.
I’m filled with inspiration and ideas after this weekend’s IINternational Conference in London! Sometimes a conference is all talk and no action. But this weekend’s IINternational Conference was different – it was all about setting concrete goals, taking action, and making real connections. Exactly what I needed at this moment!
It was the first IIN event outside of the USA, and it was fantastic. Sweeping views over London, 100 IIN students and graduates from around the world (from across the UK, Switzerland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Finland … and even Hawaii!), an opening and nourishing yoga routine, and very special speakers.
For those of you who couldn’t join us this weekend, here’s my conference recap AND some at-home action steps so you can get in on the goodness!
What’s your number?
Do you have a goal for your income in the next 12 months? It can feel uncomfortable to ask for what you’re worth – after all, many of us do this work because we want to help people. But this weekend the message was loud and clear – you deserve to be compensated for your work! As health coaches, we are helping our clients make radical improvements in their lives. We need to walk the talk by valuing our work, focusing on abundance, and taking care of ourselves. Then we’ll be able to help our clients achieve the same things in their lives.
Remember investing in your IIN education? When people spend money for an experience, they often appreciate it more and take it more seriously. Don’t deprive your clients of the experience of investing in their own health
At Home Action Step: This weekend, Joshua asked us to set concrete goals for income in the next 12 months. Take a minute to do the same for yourself. Find your number, and write it down.
Then, it gets more fun – set a reward when you reach the goal.
What will you do when you reach that income goal? Take a vacation? Spend a day at the spa? Buy that bag you’ve been wanting? Setting a reward at the end reminds us to pause and celebrate our successes!
Your thoughts & beliefs effect everything.
Macrobiotic and Feng Shui expert and author Simon Brown spoke to us about interconnectedness. We started with a simple version of a Japanese tea ceremony – an easy meditative act that you and your clients can use throughout the day to rebalance and get present. Then Simon talked us through interconnectedness and numerous studies which showed that your thoughts and beliefs can directly impact your health … and the health of your clients.
According to Simon, if we think someone is healthy, we are helping them to be healthy.
Instead of being informational and fear based, Simon suggests coming from a place of positivity, encouragement and support in our coaching.
Rather than moving away from a bad habit, instead move towards something good (focusing on the positive element). Instead of focusing on how not to get sick, focus on how to be healthy, vibrant and full of life.
At Home Action Step: Notice how you talk to yourself – are you moving away from negative things, or moving towards positive experiences? What about the criticism and comments you give to yourself? How can you make these more positive? How can you be more positive in your interactions with your clients?
Conscious, mindful entrepreneurs: get ready to live a life beyond your wildest dreams.
Do you know Gabrielle Bernstein? If not, go check out her website now for guided meditations and loads of inspiration.
Gabrielle talked to us about miracles, abundance, lighting a spark in our clients, effortless action and authenticity.
There were so many gems of wisdom in her talk – but some of my favorites were about social media:
You don’t have to be everywhere. Use the social media platforms that work for you.
Bring your passion and love into all of your marketing and messaging. Be authentic! In every single thing. If it feels wrong, delete it. When you read your messaging it should feel so real, so you, that you want to cry. Then you know it’s right on.
Gabrielle also talked about effortless action.
What comes naturally to you? What feels effortless? How can you tie that into your vocation?
I love this philosophy. Having a successful business integrated with your life should be fun and feel authentic – it should feel like you. If you’re not a writer, try video. If you’re an introvert, try building an online community. If you love people, try more public speaking. Do more of what comes easily to you, and ditch, or outsource, the rest.
At Home Action Step: What activities are easy and fun for you? What is effortless? How can you add more of this into your business?
The IINternational conference was full of inspiration and connection, and left us overflowing with ideas for our businesses. But now it’s time to take action. So what is YOUR next step for your business? What were you inspired by this weekend? Let us know in the comments!