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IAM187- Certified Health Coach Creates New Approach to Lasting Results in Health and Happiness

Podcast interview with Lindsay Hunt

 

Lindsay Hunt is a TV featured health expert, certified health coach, and certified personal trainer. She's on a mission to help people up level their health and happiness through nutrition, fitness and mindset training. She has created a new approach that digs deeper to help her clients get real, lasting results.

  • CEO Hack: Structured morning routine; (1)Drink a glass of water to stay hydrated (2) Read for 10 minutes (3) Write down five things I'm grateful for (4) Write down my three goals for the day
  • CEO Nugget: Don't stress over mistakes and failures that happen in business.
  • CEO Defined: Creator, visionary and leader

Website: http://walkonthehealthyside.com/

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Intro 0:02

Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I AM CEO Podcast.

Gresham Harkless 0:27

Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresham from the I AM CEO Podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Lindsay Hunt from Walk on the Healthy Side. Lindsay, it's awesome to have you on the show.

Lindsay Hunt 0:36

Hi, I'm excited to be here. Thanks for having me.

Gresham Harkless 0:39

No problem. Super excited to have you on and what I want to do, which is read a little bit more about Lindsay so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing. Lindsay Hunt is a TV-featured health expert, certified health coach, and certified personal trainer. She's on a mission to help people up-level their health and happiness through nutrition, fitness, and mindset training. She has created a new approach that digs deeper to help her clients get real lasting results. Lindsay, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

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Lindsay Hunt 1:07

I sure am!

Gresham Harkless 1:08

Awesome. Let's do it. So first question I had was to hear a little bit more about your CEO story. And what led you to start your business?

Lindsay Hunt 1:15

Yeah, I mean, I think like a lot of entrepreneurs, my own personal story launched me into starting my business. And I guess you know, more frankly, than my personal story, my personal struggles launched me into this business. You know, I've always had an interest in health and fitness. But in college, I really dealt with more health issues, I had an issue with my weight, and I had horrible digestive issues. I was an avid exerciser, but really not seeing results in my body and constantly just compared myself to other people and felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. And also just dissatisfied with the quality of my life. I knew there was more out there.

And I just felt out of alignment with what was possible for me. And so I started this whole personal journey with food and nutrition. And then I got into the world of personal development, I learned a lot of things the hard way. And it took many, many years. But finally, it all really started to click and I had my own transformational story with nutrition, fitness, feeling energized and alive again. And then my whole life started to shift and change, which became a passion. And I really think that's you know, where a good business starts is from passion and personal experience. So you can really create something from your heart. And that's how Walk on the Healthy Side came into being. As I started taking my experiences and my story and helping all the people out there that had similar issues they were going through.

Gresham Harkless 2:32
Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I definitely would echo that. It's funny that a lot of times, we scratch our own itch, so to speak, and you start to create something because what you feel is not out there, you have to kind of create yourself to kind of get the solution that you want. And then you start to tell your story and start to talk to more people when you realize you're not the only one. And there are so many other people that you can help out.

Lindsay Hunt 2:50

Totally. Yeah, we're really all going through it. And so when you start to have these connections and communications with people, you realize, oh, you know, I felt like I was going through that myself this whole time. But really like my best friend, my mom, you know, my person on the bus next to me has gone through something similar.

Gresham Harkless 3:06

Yeah, absolutely. A lot of people will say they assume that that's normal. But in reality, you can do things to change it. So it's awesome that you've been able to do that. So I wanted to hear a little bit more about what you're doing on Walk on the Healthy Side and hear a little bit more about this new approach that you have.

Lindsay Hunt 3:19

Yeah, definitely. So with Walk on the Healthy Side, I am a coach for nutrition, fitness, and mindset. And I work a lot one on one with clients, I actually coach everybody remotely, which is really cool. Because I have clients right now in DC, LA, and actually all over the world, my client is in New Zealand right now in Spain. So it's great because I have a variety of people that I'm helping and working with, and also lots of different people coming to me for different things. One thing that's kind of interesting is I never really subscribed to taking a niche market. Everyone said, you have to have a niche, you have to have a niche.

And I did the opposite. I just wanted to work with a variety because that's what's exciting to me to connect with different people and learn different things and constantly be challenged and just keep myself interested in the work that I'm doing. So now I have a really wide variety of clients an age range of 15 to 75. With tons of different areas that they're working on with me and something exciting that I'm watching is actually an eight-week program that will be an online course where it's going to help people with the basic principles I teach in nutrition, fitness, and mindset, but they can go at their own pace. And it's an easier way to work with me.

Gresham Harkless 4:28

Yeah, I love that. I love how you have kind of both sides of the coin because there are some people that want to kind of maybe go about it themselves. But then at the same time, you're able to kind of provide that, you know, expertise and guidance and of course are also on that one-to-one coaching sounds like.

Lindsay Hunt 4:41

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it's good to have as an entrepreneur different ways for you to work with people and to connect with people. So I think having an online program and one on one is a good resource for people to work in a way that they're comfortable with.

Gresham Harkless 4:53

Exactly, exactly. That makes perfect sense. And now I wanted to ask you for what I call your secret sauce and This is like your differentiator. For you and your organization. What do you feel kind of sets you guys apart?

Lindsay Hunt 5:04

Yeah, that's a good question. I think, you know, the big thing I've noticed is when it comes to the zillions of nutrition programs that are out there and fitness workouts that are out there, nobody really takes time to combine that with the mindset piece of the puzzle, and the mindsets really where the magic happens and where real transformation can occur. And so I've sort of found this market for why are people not successful, right? Like, why do people do all these diets and get short-term results, and then end up starting another diet, right, or another trend? And I've realized, it's missing pieces of the mindset. So that's really sort of my secret sauce is combining the three, nutrition, fitness, and mindset to actually help people get real results.

Gresham Harkless 5:46

I love that. And I think that, and I actually just read it posted something earlier today talking about how important mindset is that a lot of times people think you can just drive through sometimes to reach your goals. Whether that be fitness or whatever it is. But if you don't really take care of your mindset, and understand that you can actually hit that goal, and you can believe it, sometimes you will block yourself without even knowing it.

Lindsay Hunt 6:06

Right? Yeah. And it's all like wiring in our brains is the way that I explain it is your brains just wired a certain way. And if you really want, you know, a lasting transformation, you have to go through the hard work of rewiring your brain to be in alignment with the new version of yourself, or the goals that you want to achieve. Everything is in your thoughts and your mind. And your beliefs need to align with that. So it sticks.

Gresham Harkless 6:28

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I imagine that being in heaven and you having clients and being able to be a coach to them, you probably can also notice those things too, because I think sometimes people are so close to whatever it is, and whatever they might be going through that they may, I guess either block it out on purpose or maybe just not even know that they're blocking it out. But having a coach and having somebody to help you out can kind of give you that perspective.

Lindsay Hunt 6:50

Right? Yep. I do think like, there's so many different lenses that you can view situations, right? Like, we can look at things one way, but there are really 100 ways you can look at a certain situation. So having somebody else who isn't in your personal story, or your personnel saga, as I call it, to kind of look in and say hey, like, have you ever thought about it like this? Or what if you looked at it like this, or you did it differently like this, it just kind of gives you more ideas to open yourself up to a new way of doing things. And as the saying goes, you can't always do the same thing and expect different results, right? So you need a new lens and a new perspective, to be able to step into a new way of doing things to get a whole new reality.

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Gresham Harkless 7:29

Absolutely doing the same thing over and over again, is the definition of insanity. So definitely appreciate you for helping us out and helping people out and doing that. And now I wanted to switch gears a little bit and ask you for what I call a CEO hack. And this might be an app or book or a habit that you have, but it's something that you feel makes you more effective and efficient.

Lindsay Hunt 7:48

Yeah, definitely. I love this question. Because I'm obsessed with hacks. I mean, the biggest thing that's been really helpful for me in my business is having a structured morning routine. And I know like morning routines really a buzzword now. And you read these morning routines that are just ridiculous, like people are meditating for an hour and reading and writing 100 things they're thankful for. And like, that's great if you can do that, like more power to you. And I wish I could do that. But I found that if you can create a routine that you can be consistent with. And that's more your style, it's something that will really support you and having a successful and efficient day.

So my morning routine is super simple, It's 30 minutes, I just wake up, I drink a glass of water, I don't really worry about warming it up and putting water and lemon and all those things into it just hydrate you know, first thing in the morning, we're dehydrated. So hydrate me with water. And I read a little bit before looking at my computer. So 10 minutes of just reading browsing a book, or something of that sort, I write down five things I'm grateful for to ground me and just get my head in the right space. So I'm not negative nelly in the morning. And then I come up with three goals for the day.

So my top three things I need to get done. And I always have a personal goal, a work goal, and a fitness and health goal. And that way, you know if I need to get my laundry done that day, that's my personal goal. My work goal is to make sure that I email all my clients that day. And then my health and fitness goal might be making sure you know I get my workout done that I promised myself I'd do that afternoon. And it's just a simple, easy thing I do each morning, which sets me up for success and clears my mind, and puts me in alignment for a good day.

Gresham Harkless 9:24

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And yeah, I love that kind of routine. And like you mentioned the simplicity and the consistency of it. Because that can propel you towards having consistent days. And I always say, you know, in order to win the day, sometimes the best way is to win the morning. And if you can find simple ways to win the morning, then that can help you to have a great day.

Lindsay Hunt 9:40

Right. It doesn't have to be this. I think we always bite off more than we can chew. Like I've tried doing lemon water every day and meditating and like I just didn't stick with it. It wasn't really a reality for me to do it. I didn't like it or have fun with it. So I realized that if you want to stick with something, you have to enjoy it and it has to be simple and easy for you.

Gresham Harkless 9:59

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And like, yeah, a lot of times that's what happens even with you know, health and fitness is because you have these quote-unquote diets or things that you do, and they're not sustainable because you don't really like them. You don't want to do them, but you try to create long-lasting changes so that you can continue to do that forever.

Lindsay Hunt 10:15

Right? Don't force it, just find something that flows more naturally for you.

Gresham Harkless 10:20

Absolutely. And now, I wanted to ask you for what I call a CEO nugget. And this is a word of wisdom or a piece of advice. Or if you can happen to be a time machine, what would you tell your younger business self?

Lindsay Hunt 10:31

That would be cool. I think like, you know, the big thing that comes up for me with this question is, it's supposed to sometimes feel like everything's going wrong and crumbling and nothing's working. That's actually normal. There are ebbs and flows in business. And I think when I started my business, I expected a linear trajectory of success. And I expected to hit milestones at certain times, and like, it just seemed like it was going to be, you know, progressively better and better.

And it is in so many ways, but there's a lot of like, you know, struggles and stalemates where things feel slow, or sticky or hard, or they don't work out that well. And I finally come to terms that like, this is reality, this is what's supposed to happen. It's super normal. And now that I know that when something goes wrong, or something isn't working, I can kind of breathe into it a little bit without so much stress and anxiety and just trust that this is what owning businesses, this is what being a CEO and entrepreneur is. It is going through the good times and having a good time and going through the bad times and not letting it deter you or slow you down.

Gresham Harkless 11:33

Yeah, that makes sense. And a lot of times that gives me peace, at least to know that because, you know, we read the biographies of these, quote-unquote, successful because that's all relative, but successful business owners and people that have reached certain levels, and you realize that it wasn't a straight linear path as you mentioned, it was like the wildest spaghetti noodle ever. As far as how they went and became successful.

Lindsay Hunt 11:53

Yes, the spaghetti noodle is a great analogy. And I feel like sometimes my life and my business is a bowl of noodles. But, you know, the good part is when you start to hear those stories, you realize that the big takeaway is just don't give up. You know, it's so simple. But that's, you know, a lot of people that were in the same course, as I were with nutrition, starting a business at the same time, they just stopped before, you know, it got hard, and they just kind of threw in the towel a little bit earlier than they needed to. And the big takeaway for anybody just starting a business is you can't give up and you have to expect it to be hard. And you have to expect there to be roadblocks and obstacles, but push through them, keep going and it will work itself out.

Gresham Harkless 12:32

Absolutely. Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And sometimes remember that it's always darkest before dawn. So sometimes those difficult periods are actually right on the edge of you kind of reaching your biggest success. So I definitely wouldn't go bad. I think that's a great reminder and CEO nugget. And now I wanted to ask you my absolute favorite question, which is the definition of what it means to be a CEO. And we're hoping to have different, quote-unquote, CEOs on this show. And Lindsay, I want to ask you, what does being a CEO mean to you?

Lindsay Hunt 12:56

Yeah, a CEO, to me means being a creator, a visionary, and a leader. So you have to be somebody who doesn't sit back and relax, you really need to be able to think big to fall and fail and get back up again and again and show the world literally who is boss. And you just have to be like ready to get your hands dirty and dirty, and create and envision things and then lead it, lead it into existence, right? Like creating that vision for what you want to happen in the world, and then being the leader that puts it into the world and makes it happen.

Gresham Harkless 13:28

Absolutely. I definitely agree with that. And that's a great definition of what it means to be a CEO. And Lindsay, I truly appreciate you for taking some time out. What I wanted to do was pass you the mic just to see if there's anything additional you want to let our readers and our listeners know and how best they can get a hold of you and in touch with you.

Lindsay Hunt 13:44
Yeah, I mean, I think a good a good little thing to leave a positive note on is I know it's the New Year 2019 is here, and there's this cheesiness that comes with resolutions a little bit and our feelings about setting goals and intentions. But there's such an energy right now that's just there for all of us to take advantage of and have a fresh start. So I'm taking advantage of it anywhere you need to reinvent yourself or refurbish some things in your life or your business. Now's the time to make a game plan and really jump on that. Whether it's your nutrition, fitness, mindset, business, or whatever you're working on, capitalize on the energy of 2019 to make it the year where things really come together. And in terms of where to reach me, walkonthehealthyside.com is my website or you can connect with me on social media. Just do a search for Instagram or Facebook for a Walk on the Healthy Side. And I'd be happy to connect there.

Gresham Harkless 14:38

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thank you so much again, Lindsay. And what we'll do is we'll have those links in the show notes just so that anybody can follow up with you. But again, I truly appreciate you and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Lindsay Hunt 14:48

You too. It's been a blast.

Outro 14:58

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Intro 0:02

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Do you want to learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales and grow your business from successful entrepreneurs, startups, and CEOs without listening to a long, long, long interview? If so, you've come to the right place. Gresham Harkless values your time and is ready to share with you precisely the information you're in search of. This is the I AM CEO Podcast..

Gresham Harkless 0:27

Hello, hello,hello. This is Gresham from the I AM CEO Podcast and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Lindsay Hunt from Walk on the Healthy Side. Lindsay, it's awesome to have you on the show.

Lindsay Hunt 0:36

Hi, I'm excited to be here. Thanks for having me.

Gresham Harkless 0:39

No problem. Super excited to have you on and what I want to do, which is read a little bit more about Lindsay so you can hear about all the awesome things that she's doing. Lindsay Hunt is a TV featured health expert, certified health coach and certified personal trainer. She's on a mission to help people up level their health and happiness through nutrition, fitness and mindset training. She has created a new approach that digs deeper to help her clients get real lasting results. Lindsay, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

Lindsay Hunt 1:07

I sure am!

Gresham Harkless 1:08

Awesome. Let's do it. So first question I had was to hear a little bit more about your CEO story. And what led you to start your business?

Lindsay Hunt 1:15

Yeah, I mean, I think like a lot of entrepreneurs, my own personal story launched me into starting my business. And I guess you know, more frankly, than personal story, my personal struggles launched me into this business. You know, I've always had an interest in health and fitness. But in college, I really dealt with more health issues, I had an issue with my weight, I had horrible digestive issues. I was an avid exerciser, but really not seeing results in my body and constantly just comparing myself to other people and feeling so uncomfortable in my own skin. And also just dissatisfied with the quality of my life. I knew there was more out there. And I just felt out of alignment to what was possible for me. And so I started this whole personal journey with food and nutrition. And then I got into the world of personal development, I learned a lot of things the hard way. And it took many, many years. But finally, it all really started to click and I had my own transformational story with nutrition, fitness, feeling energized and alive again. And then my whole life started to shift and change, which became a passion. And I really think that's you know, where a good business starts is from passion and personal experience. So you can really create something from your heart. And that's how, Walk on the Healthy Side came into being. As I started taking my experiences and my story and helping all the people out there that had similar issues they were going through.

Gresham Harkless 2:32

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I definitely would echo that. It's funny that a lot of times, we scratch our own itch, so to speak, and you start to create something because what you feel is not out there, you have to kind of create yourself to kind of get the solution that you want. And then you start to tell your story start to talk to more people when you realize you're not the only one. And there's so many other people that you can help out.

Lindsay Hunt 2:50

Totally. Yeah, we're really all going through it. And so when you start to have these connections and communications with people, you realize, oh, you know, I felt like I was going through that myself this whole time. But really like my best friend, my mom, you know, my person on the bus next to me has gone through something similar.

Gresham Harkless 3:06

Yeah, absolutely. A lot of people will say they assume that that's normal. But in reality, you can do things to change it. So it's awesome that you've been able to do that. So I wanted to hear a little bit more about what you're doing on Walk on the Healthy Side and hear a little bit more about this new approach that you have.

Lindsay Hunt 3:19

Yeah, definitely. So with Walk on the Healthy Side, I am a coach for nutrition, fitness and mindset. And I work a lot one on one with clients, I actually coach everybody remotely, which is really cool. Because I have clients right now in DC, LA and actually all over the world, my client in New Zealand right now in Spain. So it's great because I have a variety of people that I'm helping and working with, and also lots of different people coming to me for different things. One thing that's kind of interesting is I never really subscribed to taking like a niche market. Everyone said, you have to have a niche, you have to have a niche. And I did the opposite. I just wanted to work with a variety because that's what's exciting to me to connect with different people and to learn different things and constantly be challenged and just keep myself interested in the work that I'm doing. So now I have a really wide variety of clients an age range of 15 to 75. With tons of different areas that they're working on with me and something exciting that I'm watching is actually an eight week program that will be an online course where it's going to help people with the basic principles I teach in nutrition, fitness and mindset, but they can go at their own pace. And it's an easier way to work with me.

Gresham Harkless 4:28

Yeah, I love that. I love how you have kind of both sides of the coin because there's some people that want to kind of maybe go about it themselves. But then at the same time, you're able to kind of provide that, you know, expertise and guidance and of course are also on that one to one coaching sounds like.

Lindsay Hunt 4:41

Yeah, absolutely. I mean, it's good to have as an entrepreneur different ways for you to work with people and to connect with people. So I think having an online program and one on one is a good resource for people to work in a way that they're comfortable with.

Gresham Harkless 4:53

Exactly, exactly. That makes perfect sense. And now I wanted to ask you for what I call your secret sauce and This is kind of like your differentiater. For you and your organization. What do you feel kind of sets you guys apart?

Lindsay Hunt 5:04

Yeah, that's a good question. I think, you know, the big thing I've noticed is when it comes to the zillions of nutrition programs that are out there and fitness workouts that are out there, nobody really takes time to combine that with the mindset piece of the puzzle, and the mindsets really where the magic happens and where real transformation can occur. And so I've sort of found this market for why are people not successful, right? Like, why do people do all these diets and get short term results, and then end up starting another diet, right, or another trend. And I've realized, it's missing pieces of the mindset. So that's really sort of my secret sauce is combining the three, nutrition, fitness and mindset to actually help people get real results.

Gresham Harkless 5:46

I love that. And I think that, and I actually just read it posted something earlier today talking about how important mindset is that a lot of times people think you can just drive through sometimes to reach your goals. Whether that be fitness or whatever it is. But if you don't really take care of your mindset, and understand that you can actually hit that goal, and you can believe it, sometimes you will block yourself without even knowing it.

Lindsay Hunt 6:06

Right? Yeah. And it's all like wiring in our brains is the way that I explain it is your brains just wired a certain way. And if you really want, you know, a lasting transformation, you have to go through the hard work of rewiring your brain to be in alignment with the new version of yourself, or the goals that you want to achieve. Everything in your thoughts and your mind. And your beliefs need to align with that. So it sticks.

Gresham Harkless 6:28

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And I imagine that being in heaven and you having clients and being able to be a coach to them, you probably can also notice those things too, because I think sometimes people are so close to whatever it is, and whatever they might be going through that they may, I guess either block it out on purpose, or maybe just not even know that they're blocking it out. But having a coach and having somebody to help you out can kind of give you that perspective.

Lindsay Hunt 6:50

Right? Yep. I do think like, there's so many different lenses that you can view situations, right? Like, we can look at things one way, but there's really 100 ways you can look at a certain situation. So having somebody else who isn't in your personal story, or your personnel saga, as I call it, to kind of look in and say hey, like, have you ever thought about it like this? Or what if you looked at it like this, or you did it differently like this, it just kind of gives you more ideas to open yourself up to a new way of doing things. And like the saying goes, you can't always do the same thing and expect different results, right? So you need a new lens and a new perspective, to be able to step into a new way of doing things to get a whole new reality.

Gresham Harkless 7:29

Absolutely doing the same thing over and over again, is the definition of insanity. So definitely appreciate you for helping us out and helping people out and doing that. And now I wanted to switch gears a little bit and ask you for what I call a CEO hack. And this might be an app or book or a habit that you have, but it's something that you feel like makes you more effective and efficient.

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Lindsay Hunt 7:48

Yeah, definitely. I love this question. Because I'm obsessed with hacks. I mean, the biggest thing that's been really helpful for me in my business is having a structured morning routine. And I know like morning routines really a buzzword now. And you read these morning routines that are just ridiculous, like people are meditating for an hour and reading and writing 100 things they're thankful for. And like, that's great if you can do that, like more power to you. And I wish I could do that. But I found like if you can create a routine that you can be consistent with. And that's more your style, it's something that will really support you and having a successful and efficient day. So my morning routine, super simple, It's 30 minutes, I just wake up, I drink a glass of water, I don't really worry about warming it up and putting water and lemon and all those things into it just hydrate you know, first thing in the morning, we're dehydrated. So hydrate myself with water. And I read a little bit before looking at my computer. So 10 minutes of just reading browsing a book, something of that sort, I write down five things I'm grateful for to ground me and just get my head in the right space. So I'm not negative nelly in the morning. And then I come up with three goals of the day. So my top three things I need to get done. And I always have a personal goal, a work goal and a fitness and health goal. And that way, you know if I need to get my laundry done that day, that's my personal goal. My work goal is make sure that I email all my clients that day. And then my health and fitness goal might be making sure you know I get my workout done that I promised myself I'd do that afternoon. And it's just a simple, easy thing I do each morning, which sets me up for success and clears my mind and puts me in alignment for a good day.

Gresham Harkless 9:24

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And yeah, I love that kind of routine. And like you mentioned the simplicity and the consistency of it. Because that can propel you towards having consistent days. And I always say, you know, in order to win the day, sometimes the best way is to win the morning. And if you can find simple ways to win the morning, then that can help you to have a great day.

Lindsay Hunt 9:40

Right. It doesn't have to be this. I think we always bite off more than we can chew. Like I've tried doing lemon water every day and meditating and like I just didn't stick with it. Like it wasn't really a reality for me to do it. I didn't like it or have fun with it. So I realized that if you want to stick with something, you have to enjoy it and it has to be simple and easy for you.

Gresham Harkless 9:59

Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And like, yeah, a lot of times that's what happens even with you know, health and fitness is because you have these quote unquote diets or things that you do, and they're not sustainable because you don't really like them. You don't want to do them, but you try to create long lasting changes so that you can continue to do that for forever.

Lindsay Hunt 10:15

Right? Don't force it, just find something that flows more naturally for you.

Gresham Harkless 10:20

Absolutely. And now, I wanted to ask you for what I call a CEO nugget. And this is a word of wisdom or a piece of advice. Or if you can happen to a time machine, what would you tell your younger business self?

Lindsay Hunt 10:31

That would be cool. I think like, you know, the big thing that comes up for me with this question is, it's supposed to sometimes feel like everything's going wrong and crumbling and nothing's working. Like that's actually normal.There's ebbs and flows in business. And I think when I started my business, I expected like a linear trajectory of success. And I expected to hit milestones at certain times, and like, it just seemed like it was going to be, you know, progressively better and better. And it is in so many ways, but there's a lot of like, you know, struggles and stalemates where things feel slow, or sticky or hard, or they don't work out that well. And I finally come to terms that like, this is reality, this is what's supposed to happen. It's super normal. And now that I know that when something goes wrong, or something isn't working, I can kind of breathe into it a little bit without so much stress and anxiety and just trust that this is what owning businesses, this is what being a CEO and entrepreneur is. Its going through the good times and having a good time and going through the bad times and not letting it deter you or slow you down.

Gresham Harkless 11:33

Yeah, that makes sense. And a lot of times that gives me peace, at least to know that because, you know, we read the biographies of these, quote unquote, successful because that's all relative, but successful business owners and people that have reached certain levels, and you realize that it wasn't a straight linear path, like you mentioned, it was like the wildest spaghetti noodle ever. As far as how they went and became successful.

Lindsay Hunt 11:53

Yes, the spaghetti noodle is a great analogy. And I feel like sometimes my life and my business is a bowl of noodles. But, you know, the good part is when you start to hear those stories, you realize that the big takeaway is just don't give up. You know, it's so simple. But that's, you know, a lot of people that were in the same course, as I were with nutrition, starting business at the same time, they just stopped before, you know, it got hard, and they just kind of threw in the towel a little bit earlier than they needed to. And the big takeaway for anybody just starting a business is you can't give up and you have to expect it to be hard. And you have to expect there to be roadblocks and obstacles, but push through it, keep going and it will work itself out.

Gresham Harkless 12:32

Absolutely. Yeah, that makes perfect sense. And sometimes remember that it's always darkest before dawn. So sometimes those difficult periods are actually right on the on the edge of you kind of reaching your biggest success. So I definitely wouldn't go bad. I think that's a great reminder and CEO nugget. And now I wanted to ask you my absolute favorite question, which is the definition of what it means to be a CEO. And we're hoping to have different, quote unquote, CEOs on this show. And Lindsay, I want to ask you, what does being a CEO mean to you?

Lindsay Hunt 12:56

Yeah, a CEO, to me means being a creator, a visionary and the leader. So you have to be somebody who doesn't sit back and relax, you really need to be able to think big to fall and fail and get back up again and again, and show the world literally who is boss. And you just have to be like ready to get your hands dirty and dirty, and create and envision things and then lead it, lead it into existence, right? Like create that vision for what you want to happen in the world, and then be the leader that puts it into the world and makes it happen.

Gresham Harkless 13:28

Absolutely. I definitely agree with that. And that's a great definition of what it means to be a CEO. And Lindsay, I truly appreciate you for taking some time out. What I wanted to do was pass you the mic just to see if there's anything additional you want to let our readers and our listeners know and how best they can get a hold of you and in touch with you.

Lindsay Hunt 13:44

Yeah, I mean, I think a good a good little thing to leave a positive note on is I know it's the New Year 2019 is here, and there's this cheesiness that comes with resolutions a little bit and our feelings about setting goals and intentions. But there's such an energy right now that's just there for all of us to take advantage of have a fresh start. So I'm taking advantage of it anywhere that you need to reinvent yourself or refurbish some things in your life or your business. Now's the time to make a game plan and really jump on that. Whether it's your nutrition, fitness, mindset, business, whatever you're working on, capitalize on the energy of 2019 to make it the year where things really come together. And in terms of where to reach me, walkonthehealthyside.com is my website or you can connect with me on social media. Just do a search for Instagram or Facebook for walk on the healthy side. And I'd be happy to connect there.

Gresham Harkless 14:38

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thank you so much again,Lindsay. And what we'll do is we'll have those links in the show notes just so that anybody can follow up with you. But again, I truly appreciate you and I hope you have a phenomenal rest of the day.

Lindsay Hunt 14:48

You too. It's been a blast.

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