Years ago when I started my coaching business, I had big dreams for all of it.
When I discovered coaching I was over the moon! Coaching is a powerful and life changing technology. I could not wait to set the world on fire, one client at a time!
I had this glorious vision that included...
Serving amazing clients from all over the world
The incredible satisfaction of making a positive difference in the world
Being true to my own life purpose
Having freedom to travel and still be able to work when and where I chose
Contributing to my family
Being able to continue to invest in my own personal and professional development
And generating a nice, abundant income that so I could fund the lifestyle of my dreams, BUT...
Sadly, my vision did not happen.
As hard as I worked, my coaching business did not thrive. My big dreams and goals could not, would not and did not materialize.
For months I did not have any clients.
Frankly, I had no real strategy.
Somehow, I managed to attract two clients for a few sessions at a very, very low hourly rate.
At this point, I was so happy to have clients, I would have paid them!
As much as I valued the work with these clients, being paid for a few sessions just doesn’t pay the mortgage. I was really stuck. I was embarrassed. I was frustrated. My self confidence was shattered.
I was so scared that I was going to have to give up on my dreams and goals. I was going into debt continuing to invest in my business and professional development without income coming in.
I was desperately trying to figure out what would help me.
I listened to more ‘free” marketing teleseminars than I can even count. Some of them had good ideas, some were terrible. Bottom line, it was hit and miss and I was still no closer to having a solid strategy.
Fortunately, I had a very supportive husband so I was able to limp along with my “ coaching hobby” as it certainly wasn’t a real business. I felt like a failure. The sad place I was in with my emotions certainly did not help me to “attract clients”. I was in a no win situation.
I will never, ever forget that time in my life.
I was stressed, worried and mad at myself and the Universe for not having what it takes to have the life and business of my dreams, but then...
"As I Sat On The Porch One Morning Journaling, I Had A Sudden "Light Bulb Moment"...
No wonder I was failing with my business. I had absolutely no marketing or business training.
No wonder I wasn’t making things happen.
I did not know how.
I had invested years in training and certifications in psychology, coaching programs, group dynamics, and speaking skills. This is where I had put all of my attention and energy. I was good at what I did but not good at business.
I realized that in order to build my business, I needed to learn marketing and business development and get a solid plan and strategies in place.
I hired mentors. I flew across the country to attend live training events. I studied marketing. I met new colleagues. I joined masterminds. I grew professionally and also personally.
This new approach changed everything for me and my business.
All of this was another level of financial investing in my business. I can remember still hearing the voice in my head chatter saying things like, “This may not help you either!” Maybe you should just give up!”
Thank goodness, I trusted my intuition and continued to be mentored and implemented what I learned. Without this level of mentoring and support in the early years, I am 100% positive that my business would not be living the life of my dreams today...
"Fast forward to today – I have a thriving coaching and consulting business AND I’m living the lifestyle of my dreams..."
This past year, I had a major breakthrough with one of my wildest, and wooliest dreams...
Having been raised and lived in the midwest for all of my life, my soul wanted to be at the beach.
Over the past 15 years, I have had many opportunities to travel to San Diego for work related trips. My heart knew I was at “home” in San Diego. I wanted to live the California lifestyle.
This long held dream of mine, never made any logical sense. My husband is part of a brick and mortar family business. Both of our families are rooted here. As much as my heart and soul kept whispering, “find your way to San Diego”, my practical mind saw no possible way.
I gave up on the dream many times, telling myself, it’s not going to happen in this lifetime. Those times when I “gave up” on my own dream felt like I was betraying myself. It was hard to deny the truth of what I really wanted.
I am delighted to share with you that I honored that dream and now have a cute little place by the sea. Daily beach walks, yoga, delicious meals, like minded friends and community are part of my new lifestyle.
I literally just came back from a beach stroll as the sun was setting.
Dreams do come true.
I love my life.
So can you.
I have the honor and privilege to partner with clients from all over the world. My clients have big dreams and goals and are making a positive difference in the world. I create my own schedule and have the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world!