If I’m not careful I could say to myself, “Look at how many of my fellow Health Coaches are successful, but I’m not… maybe I should just give up.”
Is this you and how you feel at times?
Trust me when I say, “you’re not alone”!
Often when starting a new endeavor, in this case your coaching business, you have a specific idea of what success looks like. You may even have an action plan outlined in your head of how you will reach your ideal success. Then something unexpected happens. You take your eye off of your goals and start comparing yourself to other coaches. Believe me when I say that this is a big mistake.
I know, we are all creatures of habit and looking at those around us is typically how we measure our success or failure. The problem is that there isn’t one specific definition of success or of failure for them or us. Therefore, how do you know where and how you truly measure up in the scheme of things? The fact is that you have to stick to your own measurement of success rather than looking at what someone else is doing.
Many coaches come to Make A Difference Make A Living to sort out this exact situation. They come to us feeling overwhelmed and concerned as to where they should be spending their time. They question why they aren’t more successful and are unsure how to manage their time effectively. They remember starting their coaching career “gung ho” and quickly discovered that there is a lot to owning their own business. Now they are questioning their decision to continue moving forward.
It’s a natural reaction. It can be scary when we find ourselves in unchartered territory for the first time. You can feel uncomfortable when you think others are moving forward and you are standing still. The truth of the matter is that you probably aren’t standing still. You probably just aren’t moving forward as fast as you originally thought you would.
First and foremost, let me make one thing clear. Each of you must remember that you have so much to offer the world. A world that is desperately in need of your services. Throwing in the towel at this point isn’t an option. You just may need to shift your expectations slightly to get a clear picture of your successes.
At Make A Difference Make A Living we take your mindset very seriously. When we begin working with a Health Coach that is feeling this way, we have a system that we walk through with him or her to get them back on track. It’s a methodical, step-by-step, process that quickly identifies any areas of concern so we can get their mindset under control.
In a nutshell, here’s how we approach the process:
- We identify where our client is struggling. Is the problem a lack of clients or that they are unable to organize their office and client files? Are they unclear how to market their services to a specific niche or target market? Are they finding it difficult to manage their time for maximum production? We make a detailed list and move to the next step.
- Once we’ve clearly identified the problem areas we then prioritize each of them so we can create a plan of attack based on priority.
- Once we have a specific set of priorities, we then work with the Health Coach in outlining a detailed plan of action for the following 90 days. Together we agree upon specific tasks and milestones that must be completed. It is the perfect way to keep them accountable to their goals.
- We schedule an accountability check for the 30, 60 and 90-day mark. At those designated dates we reconvene to review their successes and reassess any areas that they are still struggling to master. From there we revise the plan and continue moving forward.
- We stick with them every step of the way. Step-by-step we provide support in answering their questions, giving suggestions and tweaking their approach so that they are constantly making forward momentum. We provide the tools and resources appropriate to make their job easier and keep the energy positive. We want them to be successful and reach their full potential.
So, are you thinking about how you can use this process in your business? I hope so! That’s why I shared it with you.
Try using a similar approach if you feel like you aren’t as successful as you thought you would be when you started. Just remember, (and I can’t stress this enough), comparing yourself to what someone else is doing will never be a good way to decide how successful you have been. You may be going at a slower pace than you originally thought. That’s okay. As long as you are making forward progress you should feel like you are getting closer to your goal.
As a reminder, many Health Coaches are connected to online communities that can offer support. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from fellow Health Coaches. If your struggle is with organizing you client files then ask someone who is good at it to give you a few pointers. Sharing your feelings is a great way to feel validated and receive support. In the process you may give someone else the confidence to speak out about what has been troubling them.
You may be getting a clearer picture now of why this article is titled “There is a fine line between success and failure”. I say that because I’ve seen cases where someone is rolling along feeling good about what they’ve accomplished and then BAM!!! They talk to a fellow Health Coach who has 5 more clients than they do and now they feel like they are behind or failing. Their perspective changes in moments, literally. It’s easy to jump to that type of conclusion. But are you really comparing apples to apples.
Let’s think about that. Are you dedicating 20 hours per week to your business while someone else is working at it 40 hours per week? Do you have a spouse and children at home that need you regularly and they are single and live alone?
Do you see what I mean? There isn’t any way to successfully compare yourself to someone else – So just don’t try.
Instead take the steps that I offered earlier in this article to keep your perspective positive. There are many ebbs and flows in this business so just find joy in riding the wave.
Keep in mind that setting realistic goals is mandatory. It doesn’t do anyone any good to create goals that are impossible to obtain. Keep it real!
I applaud you. The changes you want to make in the world are incredible. It seems that nothing worthwhile ever comes easily though. You need to fight for what you want. Part of this process may mean you need to face your fears, overcome obstacles and make a stand against faceless enemies. I know you can do it and I am here to support you in any way that I can!
A while back we posted an article regarding time management. If managing your time happens to be something you struggle with, check it out. It discusses the Top 5 Most Common Time Management Ailments AND Their Cures. If you haven’t read it yet click this link. It will be well worth your time: https://karenpattock.com/time-management-symptoms-cured.
I am so happy to be sharing this space with you and supporting you in growing your Health Coaching career.
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To Your Success,
Karen Pattock is a successful business woman that has launched 7 successful companies. Her passion is guiding health coach entrepreneurs through the initial critical years in business using her proven methods. She provides expertise in marketing, business building, client attraction and list building.
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