We had the good fortune of connecting with JON HILLSTEAD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JON, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
The mantra I live by in life and in business comes from a quote by Jack Canfield who said “Jump then grow your wings on the way down” Adopting this idea has been the single most important decision I’ve made that has contributed to my success.
I’ve adopted similar mantras like, embrace the mess, done is better than perfect, post it now, launch it now.
Remember, you can always fine-tune it, tweak it, and rearrange it later. But just getting it out there is the hard part for most people.
There is comfort in creating the “PERFECT” product, course, or piece of content. That comfort zone prevents us from taking action. Perfectionism is actually one of the biggest causes of procrastination and was something that held me back from taking action for many years.
We tell ourselves “it needs to be better,” but really we’re just delaying. It’s like a kid trying to come up with excuses to not go to bed. We’ll think of everything in the world before we take the action or present the product/service.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t care about the quality of your product or service, the value you provide is EVERYTHING. But be honest with yourself about whether the delay in taking action is just an avoidance of leaving the comfort zone.
For the longest time, I thought the resistance was a fear of failure, but it was actually a fear of success. Because success meant that I’d be open and vulnerable to judgment and criticism from others, and that didn’t feel safe. If I succeeded, then I’d have more responsibility on my plate and I’d actually have to show up and leave the comfort zone, that felt scary.
There is an inner conflict that most people face. One part wants success, and the other part is afraid it’s not safe to experience success. But at the end of the day, I realized that both of those parts wanted the same for me, peace, love, joy, and fulfillment.
And it was those moments in my life where I felt that fear and did it anyway, where I experienced the most fulfillment, and joy in my life.
I’m not saying it was easy, it was absolutely challenging. As someone who suffered from depression and high social anxiety, it was incredibly challenging for me to start taking action. But the fear and the weight of the unknown was much more tolerable than living out another year feeling lost and hopeless.
And when you embrace your mess, show up authentically and vulnerable, you resonate with others on an energetic level. People don’t resonate with the picture-perfect life, because it’s fake. People connect with what’s real. When you show up in that way, you give others permission to do the same. People feel seen, heard, and understood. They can connect with your flaws, messiness, and authenticity. They can see themselves in you.
So if you’re reading this, and finding yourself delaying taking action on something, jump now, and grow your wings on the way down, it always ends up working out!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a manifestation and mindset coach and I help people reprogram their subconscious mind to manifest their dream life.
What sets me apart from others is my charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent that comes through in the content I create through social media.
Social media has been such a blessing for my own personal growth and the growth of my business. It’s allowed me to tap into my creative expression of self, while simultaneously teaching, uplifting and inspiring others.
I’ve always been an entertainer since I can remember. As a kid I’d always be dressing up, singing, doing accents, and creating characters, I’ve always loved to perform.
Tik Tok and Instagram Reels has been such a beautiful outlet for me to express that part of me, while also connecting with an audience who wants to be entertained and learn at the same time. Let’s be honest, we learn best through entertainment, so it’s been the perfect recipe for success.
It wasn’t easy and it was at the same time. What’s easy is tapping into my creativity and expression of self, the challenging part was overcoming the fears, doubts, and limitations I’d put on myself. We all have an inner critic, and mine is called “Patricia.” Patricia likes to swoop in and tell me I’m not good enough, talented enough, or smart enough. The challenge was quieting Patricia, and taking action anyway.
What helped me push past her was exhaustion. Exhaustion from suppressing my truth and freedom of expression. Exhaustion from dimming my light.
I want the world to know that their light is needed, their light needs to shine. No matter what trauma, hardship or difficult life you’ve faced, you can heal. I want the world to know that if it’s possible for me to turn my life around it’s possible for them too. I want the world to know that they deserve to be, do or have anything they desire. I want the world to know that abundance and prosperity is their birthright. I want everyone in the world to know all of these things, and I want them to truly believe it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d start off the day getting a coffee at Alfred, and then head up into the hills for a short hike. After the hike, we’d drive along the PCH toward Malibu, and hit up one of my favorite beaches, La Piedra Beach. We’d have a little lunch picnic on the beach, meditate, dance, and swim. Then we’d head toward Venice and stroll along Abbott Kinney and end the day with a dinner at my favorite restaurant, Gjelina. I’d order the Orange Wine, charcuterie board, and squash blossom pizza.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for three of the most influential spiritual teachers I’ve connected with on my journey. The sacred plant medicine, Ayahuasca who helped me to heal my depression and anxiety. Mother Aya opened my eyes to the spiritual realm and allowed me to feel true unconditional love for the first time. Abraham Hicks helped me to understand that I have the freedom, power, and ability to be, do or have anything I desire in this life. And Eckhart Tolle taught me the importance of the present moment in his book, “The Power of Now.”
Also, a big shoutout to Shoghak Kazandjian for nominating me, and her business partner Leslie Levito (also my business coach) both of these beautiful souls have taught me so much when it comes to business, design, and branding.
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