Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Holly Hayes, an Energetics & Mindset expert, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am an Energetics & Mindset expert who helps others to unlock their unique energy, believe in, and become their best selves. We are all unique, and so is our energy. I work proactively with those feeling stuck, in a rut, or just down on their luck to intuitively facilitate their transformation. It's saying goodbye to average and hello to extraordinary. Through getting out of their own way, remembering their why, facing the negative self-talk, determining the source of their fears, and re-programming self-limiting beliefs, anyone at any stage of their life can have a breakthrough. Everything they need to up-level and make their vision a reality is already found inside of them; they just need to access it.

Tell us about yourself

Originally from Australia, I moved to Vancouver in 2019 to further my career. With over 10 years of experience as a Renowned Global Educator in the Beauty Industry, I traveled the world teaching and inspiring others to achieve their true potential. During the pandemic, like many others, I joined the "Great Resignation." I was no longer fulfilled. I was hungry for the next challenge that just wasn't presenting itself, so I decided to just create it for myself. We make our own destiny by the Choices we make in life, and I realized what made me successful in my career up until that point was less about my skills and talents and more about the way I chose to believe in myself and that my success was inevitable.

My dream was to teach these core principles and foundational building blocks that have allowed me to create the career and life of my dreams to people all around the world. It is the driving force behind my passion and my purpose. Through teaching and helping others to level up and make real, lasting changes, it's easy to keep showing up each and every day. I am also currently writing my first book, a memoir which is due for release at the beginning of 2023. My goal is that through telling my story in the most authentic and vulnerable way, I can reach and help more people, no matter what stage of the healing journey they are on!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

The success of my clients and students. I will only ever be as good as the people I can teach and help. When I see and hear their uplifting stories and how my work sparked their desire to do things differently, and they see the results, I am inspired to keep following the path.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome. With each achievement or level of success, there is another 'devil' to face. You might gain the confidence, but imposter syndrome will drain it. Here's the thing, many people have built amazing careers even while regularly coping with it. So be kind to yourself, let go of your inner perfectionism, repeat your affirmations, and know that you aren't alone.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. JUST START – What has not starting already cost you? By getting started, I don't mean you have to quit your 9-5 and go all in; I simply mean, just start. Register that domain name, create the Instagram handle, jot down your ideas, pay attention to your dreams, and set aside some time each day to nurture your idea. Even just 30 minutes a day will compound over time.
  2. GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY - You're your own worst critic. If you keep waiting for it to be perfect before you begin, you never will. Give yourself permission to suck for a while. It's a learning curve; if you fail, you might actually learn even more because success is not as good of a teacher as failure.
  3. FOCUS ON YOUR ENERGY – Figure out how to manage your energy rather than your time because time is a finite resource, but energy is infinite. When your energy is in alignment with your end goal, you will ultimately become a magnet to success in all areas of your life because like attracts like.

Where can people find you and your business?


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