Jesse Golden is a renowned yoga instructor, author, entrepreneur, and wellness expert. You could say she’s living the dream. But this dream wasn’t handed to her. In fact, she fought every step of the way to make it happen. The golden girl paved her own streets of gold.
Here’s her story:
<“I try to live by two questions: Is it for the highest purpose of my life? And is it for the highest purpose for everybody?” — Jesse Golden>
Jesse grew up in Chicago. Her mom ran a dance studio, so, naturally, Jesse grew up training as a ballerina. Her childhood was very regimented (and a bit rough).
While on a trip to Florida as a 17-year-old, Jesse decided she was staying. She wasn’t going home.
Florida allowed her the freedom and independence she craved. Jesse had a tough start in Florida. She lived out of her car and cleaned houses for a living. But she didn’t care.
She was happy.
Eventually, her aunt dragged her to a modeling call. Jesse signed as a model in South Beach. After living in Miami for a while, Jesse moved to L.A. after a brief pit stop in Vegas.
She was living the life.
At 25, she found out she was pregnant. She proceeded to deliver and raise the child, all on her own. At 29, she figured that to extend her modeling career, she would earn her yoga teaching certification, to give her a leg up with new brands like Lululemon.
That’s when her world came crashing down.
Here body shut down. Jesse was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The outlook for those with RA is bleak — After ten years, 60% of people with RA are considered completely disabled.
Jesse didn’t walk for a year.
And every other movement she made was slow, with pain.
But instead of being the victim, she became the victor: Her illness gave her a platform to share her story.
Today, she is known for being able to accomplish incredible feats of strength and flexibility. And her mind is just as strong — she’s determined to find the positive in every negative situation.
She is now a well-known yoga teacher, author, wellness expert, and influencer. But she’s got one more credit to her name … entrepreneur. Even after everything she’d been through, Jesse wasn’t done. She launched her own organic skin care line, another of her many successes.
Throughout her journey, Jesse learned a lot. Here’s a snapshot of the top lessons she learned, lessons that have impacted her life for the better.
1: Find Unwavering Love For Yourself
<”Confidence is not the same thing as self-love.” — Jesse Golden>
Coming from industries where she was judged harshly on her abilities and her appearances, Jesse had to become bulletproof.
How do you do that?
Find love with yourself that is unwavering, so no outside influence can change that.
Everybody’s going to have an opinion. When you put yourself out there, especially on social media, everyone is getting a chance to judge you. You have to be solid in your own self-worth, in your own love, so that no matter what people are saying outside of you, it doesn’t matter.
And confidence is not the same thing as self-love. You can be confident, yet still undervalue yourself.
Find that unique thing about yourself that makes you different and embrace it. That’s what makes you the most beautiful.
2: The Only Thing You Can Control Is Your Mindset
Nobody is going to wake up one day and have everything figured out.
No one is going to have the perfect house, the perfect kids, the perfect life, and be completely healthy. No one will ever be totally perfect.
So, we just have to become better students.
You’ve got to learn to change your perspective. During her illness, Jesse started noticing when she was having negative thoughts about herself. When she caught herself being critical, she changed her thoughts. She was determined to make new pathways of positivity and self-love.
3: Flex Your Muscles
Once you start the journey of changing your mindset, you have to work that muscle every day. When challenges come up, you have an opportunity to utilize the lessons you’ve learned, the muscles you’ve been building.
<“I am so good at being optimistic and finding the positive in every negative situation.” — Jesse Golden>
What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
As always, I asked Jesse about the contribution she’d like to have made when she leaves this Earth. Her answer? Leave people with a sense of light:
“Every room I walk into I try to make it brighter. You can never give too much love, you can never be too kind.”
And with that, I challenge you to do something to make the world a little bit brighter today.
This Cannonball Moment was based on a podcast with Jesse Golden. Click here for the full episode.
(If you don’t use iTunes, click here instead.)