Holly Smith, Owner & Founder of BIZ FIT Talks — Healthy Business, Healthy People, Healthy Planet.
The world is at a turning point and it's no longer all about crunching numbers and filling pockets. People want more than a paycheck. They want their lives back! They want to have a say in their community and of the choices, they have that will impact the world around them. What we were told was satisfactory for having a good life: no longer equates to living a good life now. Taking us into the conversation on healthy business, healthy people, healthy planet is Holly Smith. Holly’s no stranger to the high powered mindset and fitness world. She’s had her own struggles but also ‘owned’ them and found through her darkest hours a place she now helps others to live better and feel better.
Here’s our Q&A:
Holly, it is an absolute pleasure to have you a part of this ‘Productivity/Wellness Series’ — Healthy Business, Healthy People, Healthy Planet — Can you share a bit on your backstory with our readers that led to the incredible journey you’ve built and continue to lead?
I started Biz Fit in 2019. I love helping busy individuals to put themselves and their health first, it’s so rewarding! I was that very busy person who would work 16 hour days, 6 days a week, the result was burnout! I started in the real estate industry, running the whole office, door knocking, cold calling, property management. I was doing everything and anything, working long days and getting paid $11.50 AUD an hour…which was definitely way under the legal wage, but as a young girl straight out of school I didn’t know any different. I was living out of home at the time and seriously couldn’t afford anything. I got another job as a Group Trainer at f45 Training company which started at 4:30 am to 7:30 am, then I would quickly get changed to go to my 9–5 real estate job and then afterwards back to doing PT in the evenings….then going to the gym for 1 hour after that! I look back and think, how the heck did I do this. But I think when you’re in ‘survival’ mode, you do whatever it takes. I just kept saying to myself “if I can do this, I can do anything and I know I will build the discipline to do anything.” And I sure did! Then I got fired from my f45 role because they couldn’t afford me and then left the real estate industry to start my own in-person personal training business. Again, got burnt out because I was waking up at 3:30 am and not finishing till sometime around 8 pm. Through all this, I lost 10kg, burnt myself out so much I couldn’t walk for 4 weeks at Christmas time because my back gave way and then I had no income.
I knew my routine needed to change. So that’s when I built myself back up and still worked long hours but did it properly and learned the habits and strategies to do so. I then hired coaches, started BIZ FITNESS my online PT program for ‘busy people’ and the rest is history.
That’s incredible! How would you say, we can develop a greater sense of accountability to our daily actions to reinforce positive behaviour within ourselves and the ones around us? Is there a particular productivity model that you’ve built or worked with to help others channel their sense of accountability in leading healthier lives?
We need to understand that accountability creates discipline, which then allows us to stay consistent and therefore, get a successful result no matter what industry we are in or what we want to achieve.
There are 3 parts to accountability:
- Getting someone to hold you accountable, who has already done what you want to achieve
- Holding yourself accountable
- Holding someone else accountable
Asking yourself “Who, What, When & Why” to these 3 key points allows you to understand accountability on a whole new level.
When we look at the world today, conversations have deepened on the irrefutable link between healthy business, healthy people, and the impact this has on the world — In your experience, what are key ingredients to creating a system of living that promotes productivity and good health?
We need to start looking at the word “Health” as not just what we put into our mouths or the exercise we do. We need to start portraying the word ‘health’ in all areas of our lives that are important to us.
In my accountability & biz fit programs, the umbrella of “health” comes under one’s environment, relationships, food, fitness, happiness, personal development, sleep; etc.
Also, I recommend having an SOP “system operating procedure” for everything, this is everything! Have a set plan in place for your health, wealth, business, happiness; etc. Then understanding what you really want in those areas and the reason behind these wants is crucial to stay consistent, therefore getting results.
I couldn’t agree more Holly! Now, in promoting a better world to live and work in, where do you believe the biggest change needs to come if we are to realise leading healthy lives is how we maintain productivity?
We need to actually take action to look after our “All umbrellas of health” as I explained earlier. The best way to actually be more productive is to set a routine that fits into your lifestyle so efficiently involving all the umbrellas of “health” that you simply can not fail.
Involving daily movement/exercise, whole nutritious foods, sleep, personal development time and time to gain clarity on what matters.
Being productive knowing what you are ACTUALLY doing every hour of your day with a description. If you are saying you are just “working” that’s not good enough. If you don’t know what you are doing, you’re actually not working at all.
In your experience, what are the biggest challenges to maintaining the course of a healthy lifestyle and what can we do to motivate ourselves and the process without falling into or giving into bad habits?
Staying consistent is hard, let's be honest. But for you to stay motivated to stay consistent you need to gain clarity on why you are doing what you’re doing. Motivation comes from clarity. Clarity is your ‘why’, your why is your purpose which then allows you to have a deeper more meaningful reason to not fall off the wagon.
On point! Holly, you’ve had such an amazing journey: What are you most grateful for today?
Grateful for all the challenges and trials I have gone through because I would have not been able to start ‘Biz Fit’ and help as many people as I have.
What’s your #1 advice to someone reading this that wants to live a happier, healthier, more engaged life but doesn’t know where to start?
Nutrition, exercise, fitness levels, sleep, personal development, self-love, productivity etc…
The rate yourself out of 10 in all those areas. 10 being the best 1 being the worst. Analyse what you have written down and if they aren’t a 10/10 ask yourself, “What do I need to do to make them a 10?”
Create the action steps, seek a coach or mentor, schedule it all in and take action!
What have been your biggest learning points over the last twenty-four months and how has it reinforced your beliefs in health and wellness today as we look to the future?
I would have to say, learning to be patient and focus on the things I can control rather than the things I can’t control. I am a very impatient person so when something is out of my control, it used to give me so much anxiety and fear of the unknown. I have learnt now to let go and be ok with not being in control all the time. Also, testing has been a huge part of this year. Trial & error in my health & fitness, business & personal development and routine. And obviously, when you test and trail a lot of different things, you will fail. Learning to fail forward in all areas of your life and get back up and using failure as a learning experience. You then will come to a point where you will find what works for you your lifestyle, your body type, business, goals, targets etc;
Holly, we can never have too much ‘feel good vibes’ in the world –what is something you are optimistic about? Share with us!
Well, I have a book coming out called “30 Days To Happiness” which I believe is my true purpose. This book is my pride & joy as I know it will help so many people around the world. I wrote this book after going through a really tough time mentally, physically and emotionally which caused me to no longer want to wake up in the morning. The book has 30 chapters, 30 days, 30 happiness habits that will change one’s life. The habits start surface levels and dig deeper over the days. These are the habits that I built to get out of deep depression and a very unhappy state. My goal is for this book to reach the people who need to find purpose, a spice for life, build deep meaningful long-lasting habits and wake up happy every day.
— Bio, Holly Smith: Holly Smith is the Owner & Founder of ‘Biz Fit’ the #1 Wellness Program for Busy Individuals. She is also an accountability coach to high performers who want to create high-performance habits, provide structure with strategy within their daily routines, create the action steps & be held accountable to hit those big dreams, visions & goals!
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