Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Xandrine Ayla, a success coach based in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
I am a Success Coach for soul-seeking women who are looking to align their most fulfilled life. They are creatives, visionaries, and soul rebels who are done living a conventional life and keeping to the status quo; they are looking to follow the truth of their hearts and are not willing to settle anymore. I'm here to support them in overcoming fear, blocks, and limiting beliefs and to have the courage to take aligned action to live the life they know they are meant to live.
Tell us about yourself
I am a free spirit, a soul seeker, avid traveler who has been on a spiritual journey since I decided to leave behind a successful career in the media working as a TV presenter. I went on my own version of Eat, Pray, Love and decided to find my soul's work. I started teaching yoga in Los Angeles until I incorporated work around healing, transformation, sexuality, and various forms of movement. I felt liberated and empowered through my journey. The inner work, healing, and self-awareness that I experienced were so beautiful and profound that I wanted to share them. This is why I do the work that I do. It's my soul's work to help others to connect to their truth and then live it.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
As a business owner, it's easy to talk about hitting your financial goals, which is, of course, great, but I would say that my biggest accomplishment is supporting my clients to create what they want. I've supported my clients in manifesting things like their dream businesses, relationships, big moves, and pregnancy. The success that's created from the service that I provide is my biggest accomplishment as a business owner.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
As a business owner, you are your own boss, it can be great, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. There's no one to hold you accountable but you. It can be a challenge sometimes to find the balance and know how much time, money, and energy to invest in certain things. The beauty of this challenge is the self-awareness that you learn in the process and how it teaches you to use your intuition to make better decisions.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be clear on your why - make sure it's solid, as starting, running, and growing a business will take grit, determination, and motivation for the long haul. When you have a solid reason and deep purpose behind what you are doing, you will more likely have the capacity to withstand all the challenges that come along with the journey because you can keep going back to why you started this in the first place. In other words, make sure that there's a deep purpose for this business that goes beyond just making money.
- Delegate - know your zone of genius and stick to it, and when you can, outsource the tasks that can help grow your business as soon as you can - it will free up a lot more time, energy, and space for you to focus on the things that you are good at.
- Invest in mentorship/support or a coach - Each time I do this, things go faster. We don't always see the vital aspect of what's needed for our growth from our subjective view. A mentor or coach can highlight blind spots that have you running around in circles and can support you towards more productivity and ultimately aligned service and cash flow.
Where can people find you and your business?
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