I’ve always been a teacher at heart. When I was a little girl I would line up my dolls and teddy bears and teach. I don’t remember the lessons, but I’m sure it was something I had learned in school that day or maybe I shared whatever I thought was important for them to know. Throughout my young life, my teachers were my role models. Ms. Lasuv in first grade was full of love. Mrs. Sklar was so strict and maybe cold, but I liked her. Mr. McCloughlin was a jolly man who would give us books for good behavior. It took me a full year to earn Helen Keller. See, I was always a great student, but with ants in my pants. I could literally name every teacher I had up until high school, that is how much impact they had on me. So it was only natural that I would one day become a teacher myself.
Because I grew up poor on public assistance, I was a bright child with something to prove. In my mind I thought I had to get my Phd to prove my worth. So I did. From age 2 to 33 I was a student. I finally obtained my PhD in French literature in 2007. I landed my first and last teaching job at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. I LOVED being in the classroom. I LOVED helping my students learn and grow. The research requirements of my job killed me though. Honestly and truly, I am not a researcher. The obligation of having to do something that was simply not enjoyable to me sucked my energy and was killing my self esteem. They say that when you love what you do it feels like play. The research portion of it for me felt like punishment.
At exactly the same time that I began teaching, I discovered Beachbody products. I started with the program Slim in 6 to lose weight after having gone through a very difficult time in my life–divorce, father’s death, and a grueling job search. I decided to become a Beachbody Coach simply because the teacher in me wanted to tell the world about the program that had changed my body and boosted my self esteem. Like many or most professionals I would have never gone into coaching for the business opportunity. Me, a PhD, become a network marketer, an MLM’er? Me, Dr. Decker, become a Mary Kay of Fitness? My mind was so closed to the possibility of owning my own home based business that honestly, the thought of ever making money with coaching never even crossed my mind.
It’s truly a blessing for me that things happened the way they did. Within a year, my mind began opening up and I began seeing normal people around me making six figures. Some were professionals–ex assistant principals, police offers, doctors–and some were not–stay at home moms, store clerks. As time passed, my excitement and trust grew. By my second year as a coach, I had almost matched my professor salary. Within my third, I had tripled it. My fourth year, I made the decision to embrace my passion and coach full time. Trust me, it was a very difficult decision. The stigma demons were telling me that I was throwing away my education and some of my friends feared that I had gone crazy. My mom didn’t say much, but I know she was a bit afraid.
Having the courage to follow my heart was the best decision I could have ever made. I’m writing this post for those folks who are professionals and who want something more out of life. If you’re working like crazy and making six figures, but you’re not enjoying it or you don’t have the time to enjoy it, this opportunity might be for you. I’m writing this to tell you that you can become a Beachbody coach with the intention of making a substantial income. You don’t have to be afraid. You don’t have to be ashamed. Yes, people will talk. But they’ll talk anyway! I I’m telling you that you can be courageous and claim that you want more. I am a doctor and I am a seven figure earner who makes a living truly helping people change their lives. Tell me, where’s the same in that?!
If you’re not happy with your situation, change it. I know like I know that this opportunity is real. I’ve been in it for almost seven years and see many people on my team, many of them professionals, making their dreams a reality.
You deserve to live the life you want. Go get it.
Barbie Decker, PhD