I hinted that a big decision was in the works for me, which is this: I’m no longer hunting for a job. Instead, I’m now building my coaching business. What surprises me is how much of a difference this makes in my life.
The big change, I think, is moving from a world of scarcity (hard to find good business strategy/operations jobs) to a world of abundance. It’s now my challenge to build my future business based on all the need and opportunity that I perceive.
Another huge shift is the kind of support that I’m getting. When you’re looking for a job, people:
- sympathize and empathize,
- usually don’t have much help for actually finding an open position, and
- are often more than willing to share their pessimism and scare stories.
On the other hand, when I talk about the creation of a new business, most people:
- help build my confidence in my own abilities,
- are genuinely interested to find out more, and
- are generous with ideas, pointers, and encouragement.
It certainly is scary to move away from a “comfortable” model to one that I’ve never directly experienced before. I’ve observed, though, for many years, as my brother and friends have built their own businesses. I hope, and believe, that I’ve learned enough to get going. I’ve started my business plan and have been talking with a great number of coaches, coaching businesses, and coaching schools. Possibilities are opening up and are very encouraging.
Here’s what I’m focusing on now, internally and externally:
- Keeping my optimism, fortitude, and focus;
- Creating a solid business plan so that I’m really clear on what I’m doing;
- Figuring out who my most important partners are going to be to get this off the ground;
- Getting lots of help and advice of people who are familiar with this space; and
- Being patient – I’m building a long term business, even if the next year is rather rocky.
Building a business isn’t for everyone, but I truly believe that this is the right decision for me at this point in my life. This is how I’ll make my best contribution to the world, that part of me which has been aching to break out for the last decade.
Congratulations on the decision, Carl. Prayers and best wishes for your near and long-term success.