Working for yourself and by yourself can get a little lonely and you can start to feel a little lost. Don’t get me wrong, the introvert in my loves the freedom to work alone and to not have to make awkward small talk in an office. But sometimes you realise that ALL the decisions are your own and there are only so many ideas you can attempt to bounce off yourself, before the self doubt kicks in and you wonder if you’re making the right decisions. That’s how I was feeling last year when the opportunity came up to work with Lee.
I’d always been a little skeptical about life coaching. That it was too woo-woo for me. But I knew Lee personally through Operation Move and we worked on some projects together last year, and I knew that she wasn’t woo-woo but was someone much more practical but also lovely. I decided what I really needed was someone to help keep me accountable and to help me push through when the self doubt stopped me in my tracks.
I wanted someone who would let me look at my business and my life together and keep my vision in mind always, and that’s what Lee has done. She is not only someone that I can not only bounce my crazy ideas off, but also holds me accountable when I say I’m going to do something. She also reminds me that I need to be kind to myself when things don’t go to plan (and do I ever need help with that!).
What I realised last year was that you need people in your corner. Even if your business is your very own and you love it to pieces, it’s valuable to build a ‘team’ of people who can help you where you need it. Sometimes these people will be coaches and sometimes they will be friends in similar industries that you catch up with on an informal basis. Lee is one member of that team for me.
What I needed was not someone who was just going to say “that’s a great idea” to everything I said (because sometimes I have ridiculous ideas*) but someone who I could say “this is what I really want to focus on, can you help me with ways to do that?” and help me to formulate a plan. We are 4 months into the plan now, and I can really feel the progress. It’s slow and steady, most of the time. But any progress in the direction you want to go works for me.
I’ve loved working with Lee and I’m looking forward to continuing to have her as part of my ‘team’ this year. She has helped me immensely these past few months and I’m so glad now that I put my life coaching reservations to one side and didn’t try to continue on my own.
Having people who support you is one of the best things you can have in your armoury, whether you run your own business or just in life in general. I feel grateful that Lee is part of mine.
Have you hired a coach or do you have a ‘team’ to support you? Has it helped you too?
Note: You can find Lee at Brightside Coaching. She didn’t ask me to write this and nor was I paid for it in any way, I just love how her coaching has helped me and wanted to share it with anyone who might be nervous about whether or not coaching is for them.
*I am the girl that woke up one morning in 2012 and decided that moving half way around the world would solve my problems only to get there and realise that what I’d actually needed was 3 months travel, a new career direction and that home was exactly where I belonged.