My guest today is Leah Masonick, an international life coach who supports courageous and determined professionals who feel lost, stuck, and unfulfilled in their life to connect their passions to their purpose so that they can leave behind the 9-5 and create the life they’ve always dreamed of.
Leah coaches and guides people who are looking for motivation, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose in their life. She helps them to stop sacrificing their true selves and instead create ways to express their purpose bringing their natural passion and gifts to the world.
She helps people truly reflect and understand what’s holding them back from being their authentic self and living fully.
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- (00:00:16) - Introduction of my guest - Leah Masonick
- (00:01:20) - Leah's private pilot licence story
- (00:04:32) - How did Leah become a Life coach
- (00:09:36) - How to find your true purpose in life, what lights you up?
- (00:22:32) - Leah's journey to overcome the imposter syndrome
- (00:28:12) - I can be my authentic self. I can be helping people and I can be doing what I want to be doing.
- (00:30:45) - Leah's ways to keeping fit to perform at her best
- (00:32:26) - Learn about the business side earlier to have a good head start
- (00:40:48) - If you're considering a career change, make sure you're armed with best information
- (00:43:59) - Free Work Book - How to develop your personal vision
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[00:00:04] Welcome to the success inspired podcast, a business and personal development podcast to help you accomplish more in life and realize your true potential. And now here is your host Vit Muller
Introduction of my guest - Leah Masonick
Vit Muller: [00:00:16] Hello, everybody. Welcome to another episode of the Success Inspired Podcast. My guest today is an international life coach who supports courageous and determined professionals who feel lost, stuck, and unfulfilled in their life to connect to their passions, to their purpose.
[00:00:35]and then not able to leave there, you know, 95 feet behind and create that lifestyle I've always dreamed of. So she coaches and guides, these people who are looking for motivation and fulfillment and sense of purpose in their life, she helps them to stop sacrificing their true selves and instead create ways to express their purpose, bringing the natural passion and gifts to the world.
[00:00:57] She helps people truly reflect and understand what's holding them back from being their authentic self and living fully. Well, it's welcome to the show. Leah Masonic.
Leah Masonick: [00:01:12] Thank you. Thank you very much. I'm so happy to be here.
Vit Muller: [00:01:16] Great to have you on the show. Yeah. now I've already introduced you a little bit.
Leah's private pilot licence story
[00:01:20] What's something that not many people know about you.
Leah Masonick: [00:01:23] Oh, that's a good one. Let me think about it. I think a lot of people talked about it a little bit, but I don't talk about it uh, much because they don't do it anymore, but, probably 10 years ago or so I obtained my private pilot's license, and learned how to fly.
[00:01:40] Yeah. Yeah. Very exciting. I don't know. I always wanted to do it. and it was just something that I wanted, you know, I love learning and it was a challenge for me. And so. I, I undertook that. yeah, that's something, I think a lot of people don't know necessarily about me.
Vit Muller: [00:01:56] What led to that? What, what, what interested you to start taking up flying lessons?
Leah Masonick: [00:02:01] Yeah. So when I first was done with high school, I'm in, I'm from the US obviously. and I wanted to go to a university. I went to an aeronautical university. So in that university, a lot of people were learning to become professional pilots, you know, meteorologists like anything, surrounding aviation.
[00:02:19] And I was going there for aviation, computer science. And I selected that based on, not that I knew much about flying to begin with. But my grandfather had flown, in the war, in the Korean war. And that was kind of an inspiration for me. So I selected that university, for aviation, computer science, like I said, and I saw so many people learning to fly there and I kind of got the bug, but I didn't pursue it for quite a while.
[00:02:44]I kind of waited and I do tend to be a little bit, even though that sounds like a risky kind of thing to do, I do tend to be a little bit more cautious kind of person. So it took me a while to work up the nerve to decide to just do it.
Vit Muller: [00:02:56] That's cool. So did you end up, did you end up, actually like flying a bit?
Leah Masonick: [00:03:01] I did. Yeah, I flew for a couple of years. I'm still under my private pilot's license, so it's not like I could do it commercially and make any money off of it, but it was just a fun thing.
Vit Muller: [00:03:10] Yeah. Okay. So just like for your, for your own self, like just hiring a plane, go a bit of practicing, keeping those flight hours.
Leah Masonick: [00:03:17] Yeah, exactly. But it's a very expensive hobby
Vit Muller: [00:03:21] I can imagine.
Leah Masonick: [00:03:24] Yeah. So, I eventually stopped doing it, but I'd love to go back to it. It's still on my bucket list of one of the things that I want it. I want to pick back up again.
Vit Muller: [00:03:31] Mm. And how does it work? Do you, do you have to come once you become licensed and it's all for certain, obviously certain type of plains, do you then need to do like a refresher courses to maintain that license?
Leah Masonick: [00:03:43] Yeah, you need to have so many hours, in different types of flying, right. So night flying so many types of landings, that type of thing. Yeah. But I, I think I've been away from it for a while. So I think I, I w I don't, I wouldn't want to start entirely from scratch, but I would probably want to start
Vit Muller: [00:03:59] Couple of refresher lessons.
Leah Masonick: [00:04:01] Oh yeah. Yeah. For sure. For sure.
Vit Muller: [00:04:05] That's good. I mean, we do so many different things in our lives and, you know, we might, we might personally, one thing, you know, might be start a business. To do this, but in the past, we may have been doing something else. And I guess the key here is that you always, you always get good at something, but you only maintain those skills that as long as you keep keep them fresh right. It brings up the importance of just staying, staying in touch with your skillset.
How did Leah become a Life coach
[00:04:32] you've got, uh, you've acquired a new set of skillsets. you're now a life coach. What led to that? Uh, bring us, bring us back to that backstory.
[00:04:41] So we understand how to connect the dots.
Leah Masonick: [00:04:43] Yeah. So it's probably a fairly long story, but I think that all of my adult life. I have felt like I wasn't doing what I was supposed to be doing with my life. Like I wasn't where I was supposed to be. I wasn't, it, it just didn't feel like it was naturally fitting with what I wanted to do, you know?
[00:05:05] So, and I'll go through some of this, but, basically. From the time I was about 13 years old on, I always had this very, uh, strong sense of responsibility, right. And very strong sense of independence. And, always wanted to be able to take care of myself and not depend on a lot of other people. And so, I think that started me down the path of almost just shitting on myself.
[00:05:29] If you want to say it that way. Right. I should do this. I should do that. Right. So I should go to school. I should get a good job. I should climb the corporate ladder. I should, you know, buy a house, get married, have children, like all of those things, but it never really fit with me. And I struggled a lot, especially in my corporate career with not really feeling again, like I was fitting in, like I was being someone I wasn't, I wasn't being true to myself, but at the same time, I didn't necessarily know who I was.
[00:05:57]and I didn't. No, how to figure it out. Like, I didn't know how to figure out who I was and, and what I really wanted in my life and what I was good at and all of those things. And it wasn't until I started to do some deep inner work and, even started to work with coaches that I started to understand, you know, what I felt like my natural skills were.
Vit Muller: [00:06:20] was that something that you naturally like decided to start exploring or, or was there some event that sort of made you realize, you know
Leah Masonick: [00:06:28] what, there is
Vit Muller: [00:06:30] a, yeah. Well, like you said, like you started to work in like you're in a work stand to seeking coaches. What led you? Cause some people might live there alive and they never really consider, okay.
[00:06:39] Maybe I need, I need to fix myself up a little bit or, you know, explore those areas.
Leah Masonick: [00:06:45] You know, for me it wasn't, it wasn't like one life changing event. Well, I'll say that w it was just a series of, I would feel really unhappy. I would feel like God, this is not where I'm supposed to be with my life. And I would do a half-ass job trying to figure it out.
[00:07:03] Like, what am I supposed to be doing? What do I want to do? And then I would get a little bit of momentum, not really get very far, get discouraged, kind of slip back into the, well, you know, I, I have a good job. I have a good life. I should just be happy within an app. Right. But that was a cycle that I kept going through, you know, and that would last for a little while.
[00:07:22] Then I would get really unhappy again and be like, this there's gotta be more to life than this. There's got to be like, this is not it.
Vit Muller: [00:07:28] Right. So felt like something was, something was missing.
Leah Masonick: [00:07:31] Yeah. Something was missing. And I think it, part of it took like a little bit of maturity on my part to do the work, to figure it out.
[00:07:38]I'm a huge Tim Ferriss fan. So reading like the four hour workweek. Right. And, and getting a glimpse of there's this other life besides being on this nine to five corporate kind of treadmill life, where you can create something of your own. But again, it wasn't enough for me to really understand what I wanted to do and it wasn't until I started to hear about life coaching and explore that a little bit more, that it started to almost like align with, with what I, what I had been.
[00:08:06] Good at or what I am good at and what I enjoy doing like bits and pieces. So that, uh, of that throughout my career was kind of leading me to that. And that's where I decided to just, you know what, I'm going to take the plunge and yeah, just do it. I'm going to, I'm going to figure out what it takes to be a life coach.
[00:08:22] I'm going to go through the training and I'm going to start my own business. And here I am a couple of years later.
Vit Muller: [00:08:29] So tell us about that, where you're now how's, how's that how's the Success for you developed.
Leah Masonick: [00:08:36] Yeah. So, you know, I think starting out it was a little rough. Right. And, and you hear all these things that people tell you about, you have to niche down and it's down and really come to your conclusion about who you want,
Vit Muller: [00:08:48] especially when it comes to an area like being a life coach.
[00:08:51] Right. Because there's so many, so many out, so many of them out there, I mean, Right.
Leah Masonick: [00:08:59] Yeah. I'm sure you get a lot of people contacting you, right?
Vit Muller: [00:09:02] Yeah. Yeah. Well, a few. Yeah. So I'm like, okay, well, how do you differentiate with the other ones?
Leah Masonick: [00:09:08] That's a good question. I think, I think it's a lot of it is about being yourself and that's taken me a little bit of time to figure out and yeah.
[00:09:18] You know, you can't be every everything to everyone and you can't be trying to attract every single type of person that might possibly want a life coach. You have to put your authentic self out there. And the people that you resonate with will find you, I think, is really kind of what I've learned
How to find your true purpose in life, what lights you up
Vit Muller: [00:09:36] Now, what are some of, some of the typical struggles that people come to you with? Uh, when they seek help?
Leah Masonick: [00:09:45] Yeah, a lot of it, a lot of the people that I work with are people that are where I was years ago. Right. And so they're burned out in the nine to five. They may have been trying things to change. their life and try and figure it all out.
[00:09:59] And they've just gotten stuck and they feel lost. so it's people, you know, I had one client from Amsterdam who was on a burnout leave, from her job because she just couldn't handle it anymore. She just, she couldn't do it. And she wanted to take a break and, she wanted to figure out like what she, what her values were, what she was passionate about and how to combine those with her natural skills.
[00:10:25] And things that she wanted to do. And so I think it's people like that, people that are typically in a professional setting, but know that there's more out there for them.
Vit Muller: [00:10:35] And so what's the process of that transition? How do you, was that particular, is there some good questions that you ask your clients or where do you start with them when, when you know, the first step.
Leah Masonick: [00:10:47] The first step I usually start with clients is, is right. Setting some really good goals that, we'll work on when we're working together in a coaching package. and, and I think to get at good goals, you have to really dig deeper than the surface level of what people say that they want. Because a lot of times when they're in pain, they'll, you know, I'd be able identify some of that pain, but they won't really be digging deeper into the why's behind them.
[00:11:13] And so we do that in order to set some really solid inspirational goals. but the typical process that I would take clients through and for each client, it's a little bit different. but it's really about, you know, what are your passions and your values? What do you love doing? Like what is, what really lights you up?
[00:11:30] Uh, figuring that out second piece is what are your natural gifts and skills? Like, what are the things that maybe you take for granted that you're really good at that other people struggle with? and I think that can be difficult to come up with to I've found that and then trying to find the intersection of those two.
[00:11:46] So where can those two meet? So the client I was just talking about, right. She, was really passionate about art and that's something that she had done long ago, but she lost, you know, as she kind of got married and had children and moved and started establishing your career, she really wanted to do something around that.
[00:12:06] She's also really passionate about, a B'n'B that they had in Spain. And so when we were working, uh, uh, uh, uh, bed and breakfast,
Vit Muller: [00:12:16] but yeah,
Leah Masonick: [00:12:18] yeah, so they have a bed and breakfast in Spain, or they have a place in Spain that, that what we'd come up with is could you combine those two. Could you make it into right where you could have this bed and breakfast there and you could have your artwork displayed on the walls, right.
[00:12:33] And for sale, or maybe you could offer art tours or maybe you could bring local artists in, or maybe you could do art classes. Right? I mean, there's so many different things you could do to combine those two different things into something that, you know, could be something you love.
Vit Muller: [00:12:47] Yeah, I love it. That's good.
[00:12:49] And you provide a new experience now because if somebody books a bed and breakfast, they stay in your place, say for a week, they've had a really good experience. You know, they've got some good memories of that stay. Now you say, okay, well now I'll give you an opportunity to capture some of that or a buyer and an artifact from that, from that state that will always remind you.
[00:13:10] This, this, this vacation. So you can pick and choose any of these paintings that you've seen in the, in the property where you were while you were there and you can purchase one and then just pick it up. And every time you look at it, you'll just go back to the time when you were in Spain and enjoying yourself.
[00:13:25] Therefore we get, I think that's pretty cool.
Leah Masonick: [00:13:27] Yeah. So it's really, that's like, that's literally the third step they take people through is like, how can you combine those two things? And then I think from there and other key pieces, okay, what actions are you going to take? Right. Like, you have to have a clear vision for where you're going and then what actions are you going to take to get there?
[00:13:43] And I think that can be the hard part for folks as well. I'll list all the steps in the process can be a little bit difficult depending on where you're at. But, I think that one can be especially hard,
Vit Muller: [00:13:52] especially when you venturing into the unknown and you new area where you haven't may have not been before.
[00:13:57] Like you, like I said, you might have that passion for art, but, how do you what's that? How does that practically look like when you're trying to. If, if you're trying to make it into a freedom lifestyle, we'll make that into, you know, make up for your living as well. so then you stop. Yeah. And, and that's where your role comes in as a coach, you asking those questions and help them navigate that thought process.
Leah Masonick: [00:14:20] Exactly. Exactly. Yeah.
Vit Muller: [00:14:24] Any other good examples of, uh, of how you help somebody from being 9-5 to now doing something that really, and truly, uh, fulfills them.
Leah Masonick: [00:14:36] Yeah. I mean, I, yeah, I have other examples too. I was working with a client who, was with a company that she really enjoyed, but she no longer enjoyed the role she was in.
[00:14:45] It was very high stress. she just wasn't feeling fulfilled by it. She had a lot of pressure from, you know, management, things like that. And so what we did was we worked together to figure out, okay, What parts of, of your current role or the roles that you've had in the recent past, do you enjoy, like where have you found success and where have you really been excited to go to work and what really, you know, do you enjoy doing, and you gravitate towards, in that case, it was had a lot to do with, training and mentoring people.
[00:15:16] That's like the part that she loved about her job and that she really gravitated towards. and so then we started to say, okay, are there opportunities within your current company because you still like that company, right? It's not like you are running away from it, or are there other ways that you can create those opportunities in different industries that you might be interested in?
[00:15:37] Right. And so we did a lot of brainstorming on that and she came up with some of the different places where she could still take on kind of a mentoring or teaching role. Yeah. and get that fulfillment without necessarily leaving her nine to five. And so, you know, there's that case as well. So I think that's a little bit of a different situation is, you know, you can pursue your passion and your purpose in many different
Vit Muller: [00:15:59] ways.
[00:16:00] Yeah. I think you're bringing up an interesting point here and that is. Not to really look at nine to five as something that is, uh, it's it's, it's not really a bad thing. what is it that we all want? We just want to be happy. Right. And whatever that looks like, it doesn't mean that you have to now quit your nine to five and start working on your own and running your own business.
[00:16:20] Because it doesn't stop. It doesn't sometimes work that way. You might have the passion for art. but then when you actually launch it into your own business, now you hate it because there's all these other aspects that you didn't realize. And, so yeah, it's important to strike that right balance, isn't it?
Leah Masonick: [00:16:35] Right, right. Yeah. That's a, that's a really good point. I had another client who he was in a position where he could kind of do anything you wanted. Right. He didn't. at that point in time, didn't have a job, but wasn't, in need of a paycheck, let's say, and we worked together to understand like, okay, where again, going back to, like, where are there times in your career where you've felt a sense of success and you felt like you, were just really fulfilled in loving what you were doing.
[00:17:04] And it was really interesting because what we came up with was at one point he was in a sales position. So he was a salesman essentially. Right. He hated identifying with a sale as a salesman though, because he didn't feel like that really fit with him, but what we were able to uncover the part of it, what made him successful in that role and what he liked about it was that the way in which he sold was through educating people.
[00:17:27] Right. And so he would teach them about the product and the service he was trying to sell. And that really gave him a lot of fulfillment because he felt like he wasn't. Kind of that quote unquote slimy salesman, just trying to get a sale. He was educating someone to make a really informed decision about, about the service that they was, he was offering.
[00:17:45] So, I mean, it was something like that that we discovered after we dug a little bit deeper into it. Right. we also discovered he really liked the sense of autonomy that he had in a lot of his roles in the past, where he was given the freedom to in his nine to five too. Run with a team manage a large budget, you know, not micromanaged if you will.
[00:18:07]and that was something that we also kind of had as an insight to some of the work that we were doing together.
Vit Muller: [00:18:14] Yeah. So it all sounds like there's a bit of a framework to it. When, when we look at, when you, when you look at helping an individual explore what those, what, what is it that's gonna make them feel a bit more, happy at what they do. Right.
[00:18:28] When we look at purpose and, and really living a fulfilling life. You could, have, uh, maybe a checklist of, couple of different areas of, where you can explore across all of those right. One could be okay. self, self actualization, like your, a skill sets that you really enjoy doing.
[00:18:47] The other one could be. what value does that bring for others? Right. And, and then you probably go through a set of questions to explore that that's that's good. Is there something that people can, dense do themselves as a starting point? Is there anything that you'd recommend?
Leah Masonick: [00:19:03] it depends on what part of the process they're in.
[00:19:05] Right. And so I think, you know, the, the. Exercise that I just described about, you know, coming up with, and typically I say, come up with three scenarios from your previous life and experiences of your past again, where you felt very successful, where you felt like you were very, again, fulfilled where you're very happy where you were.
[00:19:28] You kind of lit up. Right.
Vit Muller: [00:19:29] so we're talking about the emotional side of the thing really connecting, where, where was that most positive, strongest emotion for you associated with whatever the activity was that you'd done?
Leah Masonick: [00:19:40] Yeah, and that's, that's just one way in which I help, uh, you know, I think that's something that people could do on their own too, but it's the one way in which I help clients, you know, come up with that first kind of, part of the process of like figuring out what you love.
[00:19:53]The second part, really figuring out what you're good at and what your natural skills are. I think there's a lot of people and it's like me included that, in the past, I've probably really struggled with that, right? You don't want to toot your own horn and you don't want to be come across as arrogant or, you know, full of yourself.
[00:20:10] And so you may feel uncomfortable. Saying what you're good at? I was actually, I'm actually part of now that with COVID, it's a little bit different, but there's a networking group that I'm a part of and it's all entrepreneurs. And one of the, icebreakers we did at the beginning of one of our meetings was, and there was about 30 of us there.
[00:20:28] You know, talk about your name, say your name, say your business. and then say one thing that you're great at how many people do you think we went through before that quickly devolved from. I'm really great at this too. Gosh, I think I'm good at this thing, right? Yeah. It took probably four people before it started to become well, I think I'm kind of good at this.
[00:20:55] You know, it was just, it was very difficult for people to talk about what they're great at
[00:20:59] so one of the things that I think that I've found success myself with and that, I think other people find success with as well is kind of the whole exercise is from Marie Forleo.
[00:21:08] I don't know if you're familiar with her, but it's around your super powers and, you know, find some trusted people that are, you know, their coworkers or, you know, friends, family, and ask and tell them you're doing a little bit of the deep inner work. And ask them, you know, I want to help, I want your help understanding what you think, you know, my top three superpowers are, and it is, I found it a very uncomfortable exercise to do.
[00:21:39]you know, because the, the answers I got, I'm not a crier by any means, like, not very emotional, but like some of the answers I got back and some of the things that my friends and family were telling me where like, Oh my gosh, that is really. I didn't know, you felt that way about like what I bring to the table and it's very insightful.
[00:21:57] And it was just, it was very emotional and, very much a learning experience.
Vit Muller: [00:22:04] Yeah. A hundred percent. Cause sometimes when people ask us to answer that question for us, it's hard. It's really hard to answer that. Because you perceive yourself a certain way and, and you might not really see it.
[00:22:21] Right. You might not really see those attributes, but other people see it. So I think that there is a power in asking those, that are around us every day to ask them that. Yeah. That's awesome.
Leah's journey to overcome the imposter syndrome
[00:22:32] Now let's talk about your business a little bit. What were some of the toughest experiences that you've had in starting and growing a business so far?
[00:22:40] How did you overcome them and what that experience of doing so did for you?
Leah Masonick: [00:22:45] That's a really good question. I think the toughest thing that I've experienced with my own business is trying to overcome my own mindset. You know, kind of that, a little bit of imposter syndrome, right? Like who am I to start this business who am I to help people.
[00:23:06] A little bit of the perfectionism, not wanting to put things out there until like they're fully baked and, and I feel like they're a perfect quote unquote. Perfect. Which is nothing really perfect. and I think just, yeah, I would say the hardest part for me has been just my mindset and being really willing to put myself out there more.
[00:23:31] That's been very tough, very tough. And kind of adopting more of that CEO mindset, if you will. Right. Almost taking that emotional piece out of it and not making so much. It's so much about you personally, but like about the business, if that makes sense.
Vit Muller: [00:23:46] Yeah. I mean, you draw, you draw upon your own experience of transitioning from nine to five to find that purpose in coaching and coaching others.
[00:23:55] Right. So. that's important because people need to have some relevance to it, like some credibility behind it. but then doing it, well, and, and when you start it's, it's always to question yourself, right? Is it, am I doing the right thing? Am I just bullshitting myself, are going to people, are people gonna listen to me or value my device?
[00:24:18] So all those, all those questions. So that's. And I guess that's in certain way that I guess never goes away, but it gets you get better at it. Right. Because more with more clients that you help, it's kind of like you back yourself every time. Right?
Leah Masonick: [00:24:35] Right, right. Definitely. Yeah. For sure. Like having experience helps.
[00:24:40] I think, you know, just asking yourself what's on the other side of fear. I always liked that question. you know, If you can get past that fear, what does that get you? Right. And, and I think it's slowly acclimating to that fear as well. So that the next thing that you try and stretch yourself, then it's a challenge, but it's not as bad as, as what you maybe think it is.
[00:25:02] Right. I mean, it's kind of like when I was learning to fly, I was frightened a lot at the time. And, but you just kind of. Get used to it. The more you, the more you learn, the more you do it, the more you kind of stretch yourself, if you will.
Vit Muller: [00:25:18] Yeah. Now the other, the other thing you can always go, go back to is just to reflect on, on that journey.
[00:25:25] if you ever have those moments of doubt or, That self-talk, you can always go back and, well, actually look at me like it's been two years and I have helped other people.
[00:25:35] So I am a life coach, right. Or least somebody asks you. Okay. Well, who are you to life coach me? well you can say well, but you're, you're unhappy where you are now and that's where I was. Right. So you can, you, you, that's a, that's a true story.
[00:25:52] That's not a made up story. You, you were there, you weren't, you weren't happy. Some, some of these areas you weren't happy for and you made a decision and now you are a life coach two years in, which means if you're doing something for two years then, and you're doing it quite all right. Is that what you do?
[00:26:10] You don't do anything else. This is what makes your living.
Leah Masonick: [00:26:13] I'm a life coach, but I'm also another type of coach as well. So I coach I'm in a corporate environment, so I'm still in somewhat of a corporate environment. And I coach people in information technology on how to deliver value. more effectively and efficiently is probably the simplest way that I would put it.
[00:26:32] So I work with teams of people on how they can work better together, work better with other teams. Yeah,
Vit Muller: [00:26:39] right, right. But ultimately the point here I'm trying to make is that you are, you find you, you finally found something that you enjoy doing and you'll love it. Right. You'll love everything that you do now.
[00:26:51] So you've found that fulfillment. So that's that credibility that I'm trying to say, like there is, because some people might be listened to it and think like, okay, well, Even for me, I might say, you know, even before, you know, uh, not before this conversation, but over the last few years, like when I, you know, started to work for myself like this, all these life coaches, life coaches, and I'm like, who are these people?
[00:27:16] Like every second person is a life coach. And so you're like, ah, so many, like this is bullshit, you know, like, okay, everybody calls themselves a life coach. But, when you think about like, example, like yours well, It's that is a credible example. You know, everybody, it doesn't mean that you need to have, uh, to say I've been a life coach for 10 years or have that crazy story that's really out there to really make it stand out.
[00:27:45]you can be a life coach because you've, you've made it. and you're living that full fulfilling life now.
Leah Masonick: [00:27:52] Right. Right. And like, for me, the reason, one of the reasons I wanted to be a life coach was because when I was trying to figure stuff out, I hired my own life coach and I loved, I was so thrilled and so excited about what the transformation I was able to go through that I was like, I want everyone to experience this, like everyone.
I can be my authentic self. I can be helping people and I can be doing what I want to be doing.
Vit Muller: [00:28:12] Yeah. So tell us, tell us about those moments. When you started this to see a Success in your life coaching business, how did that impact your lifestyle?
Leah Masonick: [00:28:20] Oh, in a million different ways, I'd say, I feel like I've grown exponentially over the last two years, as far as, my confidence, my sense of self and my sense of purpose.
[00:28:32]finding my voice, being more comfortable in my own skin, putting myself out there, like I mentioned earlier, all of those things. you know, and it's not to say of course, that I don't struggle with things. There's things I do struggle with still, and I will continue to struggle with, and we can talk a little of those but, yeah, it's just made such a huge difference in my life to be able to help people in a way that I feel like was so helpful to me is so fulfilling.
[00:28:56] It's just amazing.
Vit Muller: [00:28:58] when you reflect back to where you were before to where you are now, before, maybe you had, you know, if you break, you know, break out the date, day has 24 hours, she might be okay, you sleep eight hours to 16 hours left out of those 16 hours.
[00:29:12] When you're living a life that's not fulfilling out of those hours. How many of those hours would you feel questioning. , your path that you're on and whether it's, you know, whether you're, you know, doing, doing something that really is, is, is right for you to where you're now, how many of those hours would you doubt now?
Leah Masonick: [00:29:32] Uh, night and day.
[00:29:33] Because like, before it just felt like I wasn't like kind of going back to what I was saying earlier. Like I wasn't being myself. Like I wasn't my authentic self. I was trying to fit into this mold or be someone that I wasn't really, you know, for a lot of, a lot of my career. And now I feel like I can be much more myself.
[00:29:52] Right. I can be my authentic, authentic self. I can be helping people and I can be doing what I want to be doing. not what I feel like I should be doing for someone else.
Vit Muller: [00:30:03] So that, that feeling of happiness is there's more of it now for you in a day. Right? I mean, you'd still probably have moments in, uh, in, in, in, each day or per day that you, you might feel down, but maybe it's not as much.
Leah Masonick: [00:30:20] Right.
Vit Muller: [00:30:20] So you wake up, you feel like a bit more pumped. You've got the purpose, you're doing something that fulfills you. You've got your clients lined up for the day and you feel, you feel good.
Leah Masonick: [00:30:30] Yeah. Yes. So much more. Happier and, and like, it's almost like a sense of calm, but excited at the same time.
[00:30:37] I don't know if that makes sense. It's always just like this. I don't know how to explain it, but it feels great.
Leah's ways to keeping fit to perform at her best
Vit Muller: [00:30:45] That's awesome. That's awesome. Now this show is about inspiring others to be at their best. What do you do to keep yourself at your best? Do you, do you work out Leah?
Leah Masonick: [00:30:54] I do I do. so my husband and I, we have a free weights system in the basement.
[00:31:00] So we do that two to three times a week. So things like deadlifts and bench presses and all that kind of stuff. And I do enjoy it. Uh, I didn't initially, but we've been doing it about pretty steady for two and a half years now. and that's one way that I, that I stay fit and I. And it just gives you, and you know, this because of your background, but right.
[00:31:22] Like you could go into working out and be crabby and just like, not want to do it, but you can come out feeling so much better. Right. I definitely feel like that. And I love that. and you know, I, I think from a standpoint of just physically being healthier, stronger, that's really important to me as well.
[00:31:41] So, yeah, I love doing that. I don't do a ton of cardio walk with the dogs and things like that. but we do have a lot of activities that keep us pretty busy. we do kayaking in the summer now we'll still be doing it summer here in the U S we just took up sailing. So I learned to sail, uh, and we do a lot of hiking, things like that.
Vit Muller: [00:32:02] Yeah. Cool. That's awesome. That's awesome. Now, speaking of sailing, there is an episode that you'd like to listen to. And for those of you guys listening as well, I've interviewed somebody who, who has decided to try sailing as a lifestyle. So, sold everything, sold the house, sold everything they had bought the boat, uh, learn how to sail and sailed around the world for two years.
Leah Masonick: [00:32:24] Oh, my gosh, I can't wait for that one.
Learn about the business side earlier to have a good head start
Vit Muller: [00:32:27] what do you wish you had known when you started this business? Is there some that looking down and suspect in those, those two years that you're like, ah, but yeah, I really wish that I knew this when I started, I could have been doing something maybe a different way, a better way plan for it more, anything like that?
Leah Masonick: [00:32:49] I don't know if there's anything that I can think of that I, you know, I think it's almost like I had to go through the experiences to really get to where I am today. You know. but I think what I've learned is that I have to have patience and perseverance because sometimes it can take a little bit longer than you think it's going to take.
[00:33:09] Right. When I got done with, with, coaching school, I was like, okay, now I'm a coach. I'm going to get you like floods of people in, right. But there's all that aspect of it that, you know, how do you attract clients and, and how do you provide value out there? How do you find your ideal clients? And there's all that kind of thing that needs to go on as well?
Vit Muller: [00:33:26] Yeah, the business side of things.
Leah Masonick: [00:33:28] Yeah, exactly. The business side. There's the coaching side and the business side. And when, before I became a coach, I interviewed a lot of coaches and asked them some pretty. What I thought were insightful questions about, tell me about your business and, you know, the kind of this question you're asking, like, what would you wish you would have done differently?
[00:33:47] Or what do you wish someone would know going into this? And consistently what I'd heard from people was there's the coaching side of things. And then there's the business side of things. And in my mind, I'm like, yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it. I understand. Like I've been in business for, you know, 20 years. I get it, but it's not until you're kind of doing it on your own that you kind of.
[00:34:07] Realize the magnitude of that part of it. I think of all just the little things that you need to keep track of and do to keep it afloat if you will. and so that was a learning experience and again, it goes back to like, Just having that patience and perseverance to kind of stick with, with your dreams.
Vit Muller: [00:34:23] Oftentimes this is referred to like, you know, changing the hats as a business owner, you keep changing the hats. So you find this passion now you're like, you know what? This is what really fulfills me. This is that aspect of my work that I've enjoyed doing more. So I'm going to take that. I'm going to pursue that and fulfill my life might be like you said, it might be that example of the client coaching people.
[00:34:45] Okay. But it's not just that one hand putting on that, that head of, okay. Now coach and coaching people and mentoring people. Now you've got to be a marketer. You don't market yourself. You get to learn maybe how to do email marketing, copywriting, you know, uh, so many different things. Right.
Leah Masonick: [00:35:05] There is a lot that goes into it a lot.
Vit Muller: [00:35:08] And, and you might find some areas, you like some areas you might absolutely hate and wish you had somebody else, which, which areas of, of those business aspects do enjoy you really enjoy it. And which ones do you don't?
Leah Masonick: [00:35:22] that's a great question. I actually, I actually enjoy most of it. I would say. you know, I can, I recently I switched from one kind of email system to another, because I felt like it was probably a little bit better fit for me. And I found like hours would go by because I was just so into the nitty gritty details of like how I want to set up. Yes, exactly. Fiddling with it. so I do really enjoy the business aspect of it. I think what I don't enjoy is I don't, I, I don't know.
[00:35:55] I second guess my efforts at like writing copy for things. Like I write articles, I write blogs and I, and I really have found that I enjoy that part, but I think it's the, like when it comes down to writing copy for my website or whatever, I worry that I am I trying to sound, am I trying to sell to other coaches and try to sound like other coaches?
[00:36:16] Or am I trying to sell to my client and sound authentically who I am? You know, and I think I struggle with that a little bit. So that's one aspect I don't particularly enjoy. And I think another one is, so I do workshops for example. and so far I've only been doing virtual workshops because of COVID, but like reaching out to different people and kind of selling myself in that way from a business aspect, I think can be a little bit more challenging for me too.
[00:36:44] I do it, but, I'm not great at it yet. So it feels a little bit uncomfortable.
Vit Muller: [00:36:48] Okay. Now the good example of copywriting. I know like when I was, standing out my fitness business, 10 years ago, I learned very quickly that in order to get clients, uh, and especially because for myself, I wasn't actually basing myself out of a big, big box gym.
[00:37:06]I studied, you know, running outdoor sessions, bootcamps and doing one-on-one training out of, uh, a private gym. So I didn't, I didn't have exposure to a regular gym members. I realized very quickly. Okay. In order for me to, to get regular clients, I need to do a really good job helping my current clients so that they refer people, but also build a strong brand online, stronger, strong, online presence.
[00:37:29] And. And generate some content that will drive traffic to, and people read my article might be an article and something that I can showcase my credibility, my skillsets that will, make people more likely to inquire it. And so, yeah, so I realized, okay, I need to write articles on the fitness and yeah, it was definitely a lot of doubt.
[00:37:49]partly English is not my first language, but also am I, you know, am I just adding to the noise or am I like. Writing something that people will want to read and all that. And then not chemicals recently, a really cool strategy, that I've started applying more. And that is instead of trying to write it, there are these tools now that transcribe your voice.
[00:38:14] Right? So just it's like, you're talking to somebody. Tell me about this and just record yourself, just start talking, talking, talking, and it'll transcribe the whole thing for you. And then, then you've got it written. Then you can go through it and start editing it up, but it's a lot easier to edit once you've got a draft then than it is to have a blank page and start writing something.
[00:38:37] Because I think the, the, the, the actual, what's the word, the actual act of writing, you tend to. Think too much detail, like you might write a sentence. and then you might, you know, you just, you might be thinking too much about writing what you're write. Whereas when you're talking about something, you don't really worry about it, you just talking about it.
[00:39:01] So I think that might be a, uh, a good strategy out there for somebody they're listening, don't write it. Just, just record your voice and get it transcribed. there's so many tools, are there and then just, yeah. Have that rough draft. And I mean, and you can, you can go the next level and hire an editor or somebody who is a professional copywriter.
[00:39:24]but you still want it maybe to be yours, to be original and it come from you all. Now you can, you just pass, pass on that rough draft that was based off your stuff and just get them to Polish it up. Right.
Leah Masonick: [00:39:38] I really like that idea because I, I love what you're saying about how you almost filter yourself when you're writing.
[00:39:47] Right. So you raised to go back and type something better. because I think that, and this is what I've found at least is that I'd get more of a reaction from people when I am more. Raw and just put myself out there then when I almost censor myself, right. Because they want that authentic authenticity and they want to see the real you.
[00:40:07] And I think if you're writing, you probably like filter yourself and make it a little bit more tame let's say, right. And if you're transcribing it or, you know, speaking it it's a little bit, a little bit more authentic.
Vit Muller: [00:40:20] Yeah, absolutely. Which is why, like this podcast, like starting doing a podcast is, you know, you really, you, you're not, you're not, I mean, I do edit the, the recording after, but it's not really to, it's only to an extent off like, like this, a lot of, a lot of filler boards, right?
[00:40:37] So just maybe just rough dose, but actually even, even dose actually don't get rid of that many. Because I think they're part of keeping that, you know, keeping that uniqueness, but sometimes there's just too many that awesome.
If you're considering a career change, make sure you're armed with best information
Now, any advice just on a, on a, to wrap things up, any advice you'd like to give to somebody, looking to explore, uh, making a, a change in their life, maybe starting a business or shifting to a new carrier that might be more fulfilling.
Leah Masonick: [00:41:05] That's a great question. I think the things that I've found were helpful for me, one of them was doing my homework, right. So if you're considering a career change, you know, really explore what is, what that career change would entail. To make sure that you're going in with, armed with the best information that you can to make the best decision about what you want to do over there.
[00:41:30] And it's not to say that you can't try something and change it, right? Because obviously we have that free will to do that. But I think for me, it was very helpful to interview a lot of coaches, do a lot of research about what coaching entailed, different types of coaching schools that I wanted to go to that type of thing.
[00:41:47] So I think. You know, doing your due diligence and your homework is, is something that's important. and I think. The other thing kind of going back to how we were talking about earlier is just have that patience and perseverance and know that you're going to have some really hard days. and you might feel like quitting, but you know, just keep in mind that, that vision that you have of way of, of your life and where you want to be and why you're coming back to your, why, why are you doing this?
[00:42:13] What do you want to achieve with it? You know, what, what changes do you want to see? And, and I think, Keeping that in mind as you go along, because that can help motivate you propel, you inspire you to keep going on when you have some of those, those struggles and those setbacks that everyone encounters.
Vit Muller: [00:42:31] Absolutely. Absolutely. And this is something that I've mentioned many times on the, on the show as well. This is in line with a fitness goal, right? If you are trying to achieve more, healthier lifestyle or more active lifestyle. increase your fitness so that you feel more confident. You can have more energy, feel, you know, feel happy about, you know, the way you feel your body looks.
[00:42:52]you need to have that really strong reason. Right. and, and having, you know, A want for a flat or flat belly or six bucks is not enough. So really peeling, peeling, that onion going one level deeper, one level deeper, asking yourself, okay, what will that make me feel like? And what will that allow me to do?
[00:43:13]because only then you can have that really strong. Why? Because when you start working out, it's tough. Right. And there's going to be days. We don't feel like going to the gym. but what we'll get there is just going back to that, you know, the reason why he started in the first place and then saying, okay, well, I'm not feeling like it today.
[00:43:30] I mean, uh, I don't really have a mood for it, but you know what, I'm just going to go because it's, I'm on the plan and trusting the process. Right,
Leah Masonick: [00:43:40] right.
Vit Muller: [00:43:41] Yeah. How can people find you Leah?
Leah Masonick: [00:43:44] Yeah. So people can find me. I'm on Instagram @LeahMasonic. I'm on Facebook @LeahMasonic and I'm also on LinkedIn @LeahMasonic.
[00:43:53] So pretty easy to find me. And then I also have my website. So www dot Leah, masonic.com.
Free Work Book - How to develop your personal vision
Vit Muller: [00:43:59] Awesome. Now we've put together a special offer for you guys listening. Leah, what's the offer?
Leah Masonick: [00:44:04] Yeah, so, I have a free workbook that I offer. Okay. And it's a workbook around developing your personal vision. So kind of going back to your why?
[00:44:14]when I was working in the, with the clients that I work with, I think it's very important to develop that vision of where you want your life to be. So like, where are you living? How are you living? What does your day look like? Who are you spending it with? What are you doing each day? What do you, you know, what are your hobbies, all of those kinds of things, and get very clear on that.
[00:44:34] So that when, again, when you have those hard days, you can go back to it. When you need to make some large life decisions, you can make sure that they're aligned with where your personal vision is. And so I offer a workbook on how to develop that personal vision and people can find that on my website and I believe you're gonna be having a link as well.
Vit Muller: [00:44:53] Yep, absolutely. Excellent. well, uh, with that, thank you so much, Leah. Thank you for being on the show. Oh, and we've got a coaching. If somebody wants to get coaching, uh, if somebody's listening right down as it's ready and wants to take that next step, they can, they can see you for some coaching help, right?
Leah Masonick: [00:45:12] Yes, they can. Most certainly. so first step would be setting up just a complimentary con consultation. So we get to know each other a little bit, understand what you're looking for. Or with coaching. And then if you decide to, you know, sign up for coaching, I'm offering 20% off of my coaching packages for your listeners.
Vit Muller: [00:45:30] Thank you so much. It was amazing talking to you. a lot of great advice and, uh, I wish you only the best and I look forward to, yeah. Catch up on the flip side. All right.
Leah Masonick: [00:45:40] Thank you so much for having me