"Create a plan, deal with the fear of the plan, then move forward."Susan Shannon, Realtor
Coach: What are your top 2 goals this year?
Me: Blah and blah.
Coach: What is likely to get in the way of you achieving your goals? What's the number one thing?
Me: Making things more complicated than they need be (The perfect disguise for resistance. It's more fun to prepare than to act.)
Coach: What is one way you can address that now?
Me: Hm, probably an action rather than an internal shift.
Me: Since I tend to make things complicated then it is probably something quite simple.
Me: I can call 2 people a day and send a personal email to 3 people a day. (Hm, I like that. Personal touch, simple and I actually like talking to people with whom I have a nice connection.)
Excitement! It is that easy...or is it?
There were a few things to do before I got started:
- Create a list of people that I have a good connection with, for whom I feel the connection is mutual (this is important to me)
- Craft an email template so I can streamline my efforts.
- Create an Outlook signature from the email template so I can easily modify the email with the personalized message.
Day 1: I called 2 people, created my email template and the Outlook signature, sent a follow up email to the 2 people I talked to, and an email request to 2 others.
Day 2: I called 2 people, and sent emails to 4 people. Felt a little drained. It takes energy to put myself out there, even to people with whom I have an easy connection. Interesting.
Another obstacle: I like to talk to people but I don't like to ask for help. To counter that obstacle, it helps to keep the mission in mind. Although these simple actions have personal benefits (more book sales and more exposure to potential clients), the mission inspires me to act. If I don't ask for help then fewer people will know that there is a resource out there for them. It really isn't about me, after all.
Anytime you set out to do something that stretches you, it's easier to "see" what you need to see in conversation with others. Two are exponentially more brilliant than one. And yes, coaches need coaches, too.
What are your two "big" goals this year? What is most likely to get in your way? I coach business professionals and solo entrepreneurs who are eager to get back to work after a serious health setback. I am here as a sounding board and guide so that you can find your way back under new rules for success - yours! I am not better than you. I walk with you.