We sat down with health & mindset coach Jessie Williams to discuss her journey to self love and how she stays motivated in every aspect of her life.
Tell us a little about what you do.
I’m a women’s online health and mindset coach. Within the health space, I help women heal their relationship with food and their bodies to create a healthier lifestyle and improve their quality of life. With mindset clients, a lot of my work is around helping women uncover their limiting beliefs, heal from their trauma and create more positive belief systems to empower them to live a life of confidence and happiness.
How did your journey with self-love begin?
It really began for me after years of disrespecting and criticising my body. My goals all revolved around looking better and gaining external validation. I eventually came to realise that my body wasn’t the issue, how I felt about my body was the issue. From there, I began implementing tools and practices to create a healthier relationship with food and my body and above all, facilitate a growth mindset.
What got you interested in health & mindset coaching ?
A lot of my passion stems from my own experiences and what I’ve been through. But my interest grew after starting out in the fitness industry. I came to realise that you can have the best coach and the best program in the world, but if you don’t address your mindset, the strategy is worthless. So, instead of focusing on creating a better program, I started delving into why so many people can never stick to programs. I became extremely interested in human behavior, neuroscience, quantum physics and trauma and started learning as much as I could. Now I love it! There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing my clients have “lightbulb moments” when they can finally see all their patterns and begin connecting the dots!
Who are your biggest motivators ?
It sounds cheesy but honestly, I’m not interested in being like anyone else. I am passionate about being a better version of myself than I was a year ago. I do find some people expansive though. As in, their success inspires me to remember my own potential. For people I know personally it would be my partner, Oscar. For people I don’t know, I’d say Amy Rushworth - I love what she’s built for herself and how organically and authentically she’s built it.
What are your top tips for staying motivated in every aspect of your life ?
I think a huge piece of this is having an understanding of who you really are. What are your core values and drivers? What are the principles you desire to live by and the things you desire to feel or achieve? Knowing yourself helps you tap into the ‘why’ of all your decisions and behaviors. For example, growing financially allows me to meet my core value of freedom. Staying healthy and eating well allows me to feel physically strong and mentally clear, which meets dozens of my values — health, creativity, consciousness, vitality etc.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Someone once said the quote to me “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world and somebody will still hate peaches.” I think so often in life we show up as watered down versions of ourselves because we are so afraid of what people will think of us. Yet you can be the most kind, loving, genuine and compassionate person, and you’ll still be too much or not enough for the wrong person! BE YOU, always!