The road to entrepreneurship as a coach or athlete in any field
I cringe when asked ‘What do you want to do with or be in your life?’ Uh, everything that I find fun and interesting and challenging. I know I pretty much want to be me, so that part I have wired.
Ultimately I want my own business to succeed financially and promote my sense of well being while helping others reach potential. I want to be the diva in both strength and endurance, and I have the experience background to make a mark. Somehow I seem to watch others launch themselves while I stay on the sideline and overthink: I have yet to ACT.
Ring any bells?
The starting point to create your roadmap to success would be to face real issues and identify fears. Ask yourself, ‘What do I fear most right now? What do I fear in the future?’ Write down your answers and keep adding to the list, remaining open to whatever comes up.
Some common strategies to overcome those fears is the road to freedom paradigm:
Common fear Strategic plan to counteract fear
Poor health Learn more about good health habits, nutrition, exercise, and genetics
Losing your job Become so valuable you can’t be fired. And if you are, your special sills will open up new opportunities. Redefine your strengths ad focus on your brilliance: develop excellent connections.
Loneliness Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. To attract friends, become a friend.
Failure Know failure is an opportunity to learn. Making mistake s is essential for long-term success (think Einstein here).
Making decisions Think on paper: plan ahead. Seek good advice.
Rejection Don’t take it personally. See 4 agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Conflict Step into the fear and look for win-win solutions. Accept that conflict is a part of life.
Lack of knowledge Practice the habit of learning something new daily, particularly in your field. Read, study, and become more conscious. The use of knowledge is your greatest power. Learn more, become an expert in what you do best, and be confident that you are the master of your craft and can make an impact.
And know YOU: self-knowledge is key. Learn more about yourself: how you think, feel, react (or act) and behave.
Public speaking This is the #1 fear in our society, even over death. Practice. And then practice some more. Accept opportunities to speak when asked. Hire a speech coach.
Being broke Learn about all the breaks you can get when you are broke. Use them to live within your means while you work the financial freedom side. You will be even more free as you have learned to live well without the expense.
Success You may even be afraid of success. Embrace that success comes from study, hard work, good planning and taking risks. You deserve it if you do all of this: it’s the light.
Design strategies to topple the fears when they show up. Address each with the question, ‘What can I DO TO overcome this?’ Prepare yourself in advance, so you have a strategic plan to counteract your fears, reaching confidence and certainty.
The most meaningful answers may be initially illusive. Ask trusted friends the questions and record them. Sit thinking quietly, or if you are like I am, think while you are riding or running or swimming or playing soccer or softball. Many things creep in when you are active: capture them.
From this paint a big picture, the concrete plan and the dream. Take your needs and put them into ten words or fewer.
Create a daily balance. What is your available time to devote to developing the plan? Throw things against the wall and see what sticks. We often sabotage our road to freedom; so reflective thinking can give you clarity. Todd Durkin (founder of IMPACT) says writing creates clarity, and clarity precedes genius.
Write about what you are searching for in life. What is your purpose? What would you like to achieve? How will you fulfill the perceived needs of a specific segment of customers in a significant way? How will you solve their problems? Let your audience experience the evolutionary process of your personal brand (your journey—what you stand for) and they will grow to like and trust you.
Clarify the end goal. Keep stripping away at it, until you find exactly what the niche is and how YOU can fill the need better than anyone else.
Success is in how you break it down and change it up. Be creative and keep things interesting and motivating. Teach clients something new at almost every session. Make them feel ‘I’ve learned so much about how it’s all connected and I’m conscious about integrating fitness into my life beyond even out workouts.’
And then promote yourself.
Without promotion, something terrible happens… nothing!
-P. T. Barnum, founder of Barnum and Bailey circus