Berni Xiong is an author, coach, strategy consultant, speaker, and, officially, the “shin-kicking life spark”. She helps solopreneurs and budding entrepreneurs take their business to the next level with strategic business planning, vision mapping, and goal clarity. Berni has made hundreds of appearances across US and Canada giving inspirational talks.
In todays interview, Berni shares her story of early struggle as a teen mom, and how she made her decision to go for her dreams while on a therapists couch. She calls this moment. “Rock bottom meets moment of reckoning”. Now, only seven years later, she is an in-demand inspirational speaker and an amazing coach. She shares with us exactly when it is appropriate to set your goals, and how to determine if you have the fortitude to reach them.
BEST MINDSET SHIFT ADVICE:
To pull yourself out of a downhill spiral, log your victories (all your successes and proud moments), and also make a gratitude journal. It will give you confidence.
There are three categories that need to be addressed when you are starting out as an entrepreneur~
1. You have more money than time. You then need to find resources that you can buy or hire others to help you.
2. If you have more time than money, then you will need to learn a lot – you have to have a high capacity to learn.
3. Be sure you are ready emotionally and mentally to tackle this lifestyle. Because it is taxing emotionally and mentally.
“Don’t make money your goal. Pursue the thing that you love doing and be so good at it that people can’t take their eyes off of you”. – Maya Angelou
There were some major technical issues Berni and I had when we began to record our interview. I kept losing Berni’s audio, and it was pretty frustrating not being able to finish a sentence without dropping the call! I was ready to call it quits and reschedule our interview. However, Berni simply did not give up. She kept trying different things and finally figured out that, if she sat in her closet with her headset, we could continue our interview without further issues 🙂 There was something in her attitude, a certain unstoppable persistence and certainty that a solution was just around the corner. I clearly saw that Berni was an entrepreneurial juggernaut and that this is a quality successful entrepreneurs need to possess. This is also what makes her a great coach.
“The Year of the Brave Bear”, by Berni Xiong
“The Four Agreements”, by Don Miguel Ruiz
Visit A.J. Leon’s site and grab your free copy of his book, “The Life & Times of A Remarkable Misfit”