Kelly Scott on Clarity, Power & Follow-through
Marni Melrose 0:01
Okay, wonderful. So, I am here today with Kelly Scott. And Kelly, why don't you just kind of give us a little better understanding of where you come from, where you are now, and how owning your business has helped you create the life you wanted to have?
Kelly Scott 0:23
Well, my name is Kelly Scott, and I live in Menlo Park, California, with my husband Kevin, and my fur baby Bodie. It's definitely been a long journey to get to where I'm at now with a lot of obstacles and course corrections and trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to do. So, I actually started my career in corporate America. I live out in the Bay Area, so in high tech. Basically started in the startup industry because that's what I was told, go to college. I always had a passion for fitness and nutrition and coaching and helping people, but I was told that's something that you do on the side. That's not a career. You need to get an office job where you have the 401k and the benefits and all that. So, I did that for ten years, and I was really unhappy. I found myself every day just kind of thinking like, Is this it? Is this all? I have to basically do this until I retire. Just questioning what it is that I really wanted to do. And I always did group fitness and started to do personal training on the side. I really found that that was my calling. I also coached competitive cheerleading for 18 years. So, I was always in some kind of coaching or a trainer role. That's what I did on the side, but it was not my full-time job. So it was a long road to figure out exactly what it is that I wanted to do and just different jobs, different managers and then just kind of the nail in the coffin after I had my fifth job in one year in a startup that like this isn't what I wanted to do. The same thing, different day, different company but just the same type of position that I was in that was not getting me excited. I was not taking care of myself. I was not fulfilling my calling. Now, I am a business owner and online entrepreneur, and I just started Kelly Scott fitness a few years ago. It's just been an awesome transition of taking my passion for coaching and for training clients and teaching group fitness classes, and figuring out how I can do my own business without online.
Marni Melrose 2:49
That's awesome. You were just telling me a second ago how you were transitioning to actually coaching people remotely right now. That was really interesting—great way to go.
Kelly Scott 3:02
We got to change with the times.
Marni Melrose 3:04
Absolutely. So, tell us about clarity, what helped you get that clarity, or what helps you in general to get clarity of what you really want to do.
Kelly Scott 3:21
Well, clarity to kind of figure out that I wanted to transition into a fitness role from corporate America was just what I was actually in that role when I was training clients when I was on the floor doing group fitness classes. When I was coaching my cheerleaders, it was clear to me that that's where I was really happy. That's what really gave me clarity that I do not want to work in an office. It wasn't for me; it's not to say that it's for anyone else. But it wasn't for me like I didn't want to be behind a desk, being an executive assistant, or doing the other roles that I was doing because I just knew when I was there. Like I said earlier, I didn't feel like I was doing my calling, and I just would wake up unmotivated every day. And I just feel like I was living for the weekends. I was like, just get through the 40 Hour Workweek, get to five o'clock, counting down the hours counting down the days till Saturday came. That's what really gave me clarity to know; I needed to make a change because I didn't want to live my whole life like that.
Marni Melrose 4:26
Yeah, and then when you're working with clients, how do you help them find clarity for themselves?
Kelly Scott 4:35
Well, when I am working with clients as far as when it comes to, I don't know if I mentioned this in the beginning, but I not only doing Personal Training, but group fitness, but I am also now coaching clients through an online course that I have developed to help them go from being over-committed feeling guilty to helping them reduce gain control and take back their time. So they can call the shots in their life because I realized when I was training clients and helping them in the group fitness I needed or one on one setting that it was it went above, and beyond just fitness and nutrition, there was this missing link because they would get into a routine, but then they would fall off. And it's like, what was stopping them from consistently living that healthy lifestyle because I never coached my clients to be on a diet or to workout for a short term, it was all about changing your lifestyle and making it a part of your life. So, what was missing when I have had clients that were so consistent, and then life would happen? And they would just stop their self-care altogether and talking to them and realizing that they needed a little bit more coaching when it came to like, how do I manage to overwhelm? How do I let go of guilt, that guilt that some of my moms would feel when they're, taking an hour to themselves, yeah to work out and so that really I don't know if that was the answer to your question, but that's what really helped me see like the clarity was what they needed it was more it was above and beyond just helping them with getting healthy losing weight it was like that missing links like it helped my clients and sustain this for their life.
Marni Melrose 6:22
That's beautiful. That's beautiful. No, that's right on track, you know, without question. So, power, let's think about that. I am sure you kind of run up against this, especially in working with your clients, is willpower—the power to continue on. Normally I talk about this in the sense of continuing on when your business isn't going well but let's just talk about willpower with regards to fitness because it affects all of us as humans. The willpower to stay on track with what we committed to do. Speak to us more about that.
Kelly Scott 7:03
You know, I think it well, first of all, goes with just starting with your why you hear that all the time. Like, you know, one of my favorite books starts with why by Simon Sinek and talks about like, why is it that you want to live healthily? Why is it that you don't want to be overweight? Why is it that you want to eat better? Like what does it do for you as far as how you feel and how you perform throughout the day. So, understanding your why and knowing why you're committing to living healthy and fit so you can have that power, mental clarity, all that goes with living healthy and fit. It's not just how you feel how you look; it's also your mindset. I always tell my clients that I work with it and that we do that in my online coaching course now where it's like we start with why is it that you are here, what is it that you want at the end of this program? Having that vision for where you want to go. I think that's what really fuels your power, that fuels my power. I have my vision board up over here so I can look at that every day and remember, okay, why is it that I am doing this because we're not always going to feel like doing our job. Whatever that is, whatever type of role we have in life, life is going to hit us, take us out off course, and have that power to sustain it. If you don't have that strong mindset behind it, it's going to be really hard. So, personal development is huge for me, when it comes to just constantly challenging myself, learning how I can be a better leader, a mentor and coach to my clients into my team is, constantly working on myself as well because then that's going to help me be more powerful and then teach my clients and my team what I have learned so they can sustain that power to you know, accomplish their goals, and to stay on course and if they fall off It's okay. You get back on; you fail forward.
Marni Melrose 9:03
Yeah. Absolutely. That's, that's wonderful, and a perfect way to say that and so follows through, with regards to, you've got the clarity, you've got the power, what structures do you put in place that help you to follow through or help your clients to follow through with what they said they would do?
Kelly Scott 9:30
Well, accountability is a big piece to follow through. I started incorporating even more accountability into my coaching. Within the last, I would say like six years so when I was just the trainer on the floor at the gym or teaching on...
So as far as follow-through goes, one of the things that were missing when I was in the early stages of my career with coaching was accountability. I would train my clients with their fitness, I would teach a class, but I didn't have that accountability piece. So it was hard for me to follow through with them with their goals because it was just, I would talk to them when I would see them and most people I'd see once a week, so when I started to create my own brand and find ways that I can bring people into groups, accountability groups, being a part of online coaching programs, where it was more of that, that group, whether it was the one on one accountability or having that group environment. That is what really helped people follow through with their commitments, is just having that small accountability piece on a regular basis. So whether that's getting on one on one calls with them, or with some of my clients that I work with online with their health and fitness, it's getting them plugged into a community through the beauty of the internet right, the beauty of an app that I have, where they can stay accountable so that I can make sure that they're following through with their goals and what they've committed to at the beginning and that's really been huge and helping me be even more successful with helping my clients when it comes to just sustaining that like I mentioned the beginning that long term healthy lifestyle is having that follow through and accountability. When you say follow through to me, I feel like accountability and follow-through are like the same thing because that's what I drive home so much with my clients is it's not just a, go and do this, and then I'll see you in six months, it's like I really want to make sure that they are following through so that I can help keep them accountable. Then we could help course correct them if something comes up in life and teach them how they can learn from that and then move on and not let them completely derail them off of their goals that they're trying to achieve.
Marni Melrose 13:25
Absolutely. Share with us today what your free gift for our listeners is.
Kelly Scott 13:33
Yeah, so basically what I have put together is I just recently, and it's exciting because it's a newer course. So I mentioned how I had been really helping my clients with their fitness and their nutrition for a long time, for almost 20 years. That missing link was the mindset piece behind it, helping them in other areas of their life that directly link into living that healthy lifestyle. I have a three-month coaching course that's called on your choices, and what I have put together is a free strategy call with me. And it's usually about 45 minutes to an hour, where we work through some of the things that I talked about in the group to number one, help them get more clarity on their vision, giving suggestions on how they can take how they can get control of their schedule, how they can say no more often so they can say yes to themselves. Just really working through some of those pieces. The goal at the end of the call is they have better clarity on the things that they need to work on. I also give them some ideas on ways that they can manage their overwhelm. So, we can work through that together. Sometimes it's talking through it and hearing from a different another person's perspective. So, these calls have been very successful for people that have committed to getting on because I give them after we talk, I send them this questionnaire they fill out so I can learn more about them. Then I give them action items on what they can do. So then that way, hopefully, at the end of the call, they feel like, Okay, I have like two or three pieces that I can really start implementing into my daily life. So I can start working towards feeling like I can own my choices and have control over my days in my time.
Marni Melrose 15:19
That's awesome. That's awesome. Wonderful. Well, thank you so much for coming on today, Kelly. Everything that you said kind of lines up with our other speakers, which is really good. Again, when you hear that thread of this consistency of accountability, I've heard that now probably in four or five speakers, accountability is such an important thing.
Kelly Scott 15:46
Absolutely. It also makes it more fun. When you're accountable, and you hear other people's wins and struggles. You know that you're not in it alone and that you can learn from other people and really use that power of that connection. It definitely goes a long way.
Marni Melrose 16:04
Awesome. Awesome. Well, you have a great day today, Kelly, and thanks for coming on.
Kelly Scott 16:09
Thanks for having me.
Marni Melrose 16:10