Budding entrepreneurs who want to discover and run the authentic business of their dreams often get bogged down in pre-startup analysis and research. Sometimes they wait for the brilliant light of epiphany along with horns of eureka to verify their business idea. But what if the trumpets never sound and the blinding light of clarity never occurs?
What does that mean? Does it mean that your idea isn’t good enough? Does it mean that you don’t have what it takes? Does it mean that you need to continue in analysis until an epiphany does strike you? No, no and no. It could only mean that you are still feeling more fear and self-doubt than determined confidence. Here’s a better question. Why are you attempting to find this path alone when you could hire a guide to show you the way?
What Coaches Do
Thomas Leonard is credited as the first to call himself a coach – but even he thought that “coach” was an incomplete description. The word coach originally comes from a small town in Hungary, Kocs, where they made carts. Three centuries later, in 1800s England, it became slang for a tutor who “carries” a student through an exam. Coaches do remain with you throughout your journey and the “carrying” we do resembles the challenging encouragement and raising-the-bar accountability typical of an athletic coach. But we also do much more.
Blogging Coaches are distinct from self-improvement bloggers, and even from non-blogging coaches, because our daily work goes beyond coaching and blogging alone. Every day we guide clients in the engagement of what we blog about as they move to where they want to be. So we get to write about processes, test them on committed clients, see the results, make adjustments, refine further and then share our realizations in writing.
Self-improvement by itself isn’t worth much if you remain stuck within the same limiting situation. If you read and don’t seem to change fast enough, perhaps it’s not the quality of the material you are reading but it is your engagement that needs to be adjusted. People hire coaches to help them improve, not themselves, but the situations where in they find themselves. The self-improvement occurs as a natural by-product of the courageous actions that clients take.
Tom’s Special Brand of Coaching
People hire me to help them make very personal discoveries, which lead to committed decisions. Those decisions lead to focus and to taking right action. That action changes your perspective and you are then able to see more opportunities to which you were once blind. My clients are investing in more of a guided journey than in an education.
In actuality, I’m a career coach who specializes in guided movement.
There are times, when I’m a pure guide, leading, showing the way and pointing out the course to be taken.
Often I’m a pathfinder, guiding you through the unexplored regions of your own authenticity. If you’ve decided to begin the journey of discovering an authentic business most likely you’re more comfortable working in the safe familiar regions conditioned by your upbringing.
My calling is to outfit you with the proper tools for your journey and guide you along the way. Ultimately, I hold your hand as you leap from the cliffs of employment out into the unknown freedom of self-employment.
Your special authentic path must be a newly found path because no one has ever walked it before. Only you can walk that path and build that business in the way you were meant to build it. Your talents and strengths have blessed you with the raw potential to walk your path.
I’m just your guide. I can’t use my machete to blaze your trail because it’s your trail. But I can show you how to sharpen your own machete. I can guide you along the path as we walk together until you need to veer off and lead the way.
But even then I have your back. I stay right with you in case you get bogged down in the quicksand of fear or lose your way in the murkiness of uncertainty and self-doubt.
Why Group Coaching could be your best bet.
I created my special program Five Days of Authentic Business Discovery to facilitate your leap to the freedom of self-employment. Usually to make the leap one needs to shift into another way of being – and that requires a special environment. Read two different but thorough reviews of this course by blogger participants Ari Koinuma and Lance Ekum.
It’s the combination of my continuous presence and the intense urgency of a five-day program that creates an environment of calculated risk, unconditional support and commitment.
If you want to be your own boss, you may have already completed more than enough contemplation and analysis. Many budding entrepreneurs simply have too much fear and self-doubt to see that they are more ready than they think they are. As your guide, I show you how to extract the fear and build your self-confidence. It’s my job to help you distill all of your analysis into a focused set of actions by making agreements with you that force decision.
I coach in mastermind fashion by guiding a group of individuals who share the desire of operating a profitable authentic business. My unique strengths and core values allow me to adjust on the fly, customize and meet each participant where she or he is. It’s a powerfully moving experience.
What about you? Do you tend to go it alone too much for your own good? Have you ever made a powerful shift by working with a guided, focused group?