Do what you’re motivated to do.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like a lot of the time I learn lessons the hard way. Take for example this advice from Chris Guillebeau, “You’ll be more successful if you do what you are motivated to do. It’s very hard in the long-term to force yourself to do something.”

Agreed! I read those words months ago, yet I tried to force success in a sales-based organization (Juice Plus). I’m not a person who is motivated by money. I’ve NEVER enjoyed sales – I’ve never been motivated by sales or bonuses. And yet, I found myself swept away by the lifestyle opportunities enjoyed by those who work the compensation plan. Because it is a great plan – a most FABULOUS plan, and I am part of an amazing team of people. However, I always have to force myself to do the work behind Juice Plus. And I know enough to realize that if I’m not having fun with something, I’m doing something wrong. And in this case, I was putting too much pressure on myself to make Juice Plus my life’s work. I was forcing it. No good! So while I’m keeping Juice Plus as something on the side (I do love both the product and the compensation), I’ve come to realize that it’s only one part of my work.

What it is that I’m truly motivated to do is to help people. So my next step is to write my first manifesto and define what it is I want to do and who I want to help. It won’t be for everyone, and some people won’t really get it. But for those that do, wow! It’ll be exciting to exchange ideas and grow together. Stay tuned!

What lessons have you learned the hard way?


About Sara

Sara Hefty (B.B.A. and H.H.C.) teaches workaholic women how to have it all and flourish without burning out, binging or being spiteful. As an expert in transformational health coaching, she holds women accountable for letting go of unwanted weight, being brilliantly nourished, grounded in truth and feeling confident, happy and playful every single day.

As a woman with her own weight loss story, wide-ranging family heritage of cancer, and a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Sara’s appreciation for convenient nutrient-dense food, personal growth, inspiring design, financial responsibility, and social entrepreneurship led to her “Pursuit of Ownership: Health, Home, and Legacy” model of heart-on-fire-hot empowered living.

Sara is the founder of PROJECT LUX and She currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with her husband Brian and hound-dog Raja.