I am overwhelmed and oh-so-honoured by the welcome + acceptance I’ve received in Q4 of 2016 from various social media outlets. Back in October, the beautiful ladies of YYC Girl Gang in Calgary, Alberta asked me to be a guest blogger for their site; one that is dedicated to my local bad ass boss babes doing for themselves. I couldn’t resist. In case you missed it, I’m re-releasing the article. Enjoy! <3
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I have always been astounded by entrepreneur’s creativity and innovation. They have a swag about them. Entrepreneurs are the people who answer to no one, and unapologetically live on their own terms. I don’t know about you, but that mindset and drive is so enticing and seductive — that’s why I LOVE to work with entrepreneurs. They just think differently. When you think differently, you need people around you do, too.
Our thoughts formulate the stories we tell ourselves every day – stories that weave together who we are. Out of our thoughts come action — or inaction. Out of action comes hope, creativity, and even revolution. Even the slightest change in an entrepreneur’s thinking can free them from stagnation. A change in thinking can nourish creative droughts, and satiate an entrepreneur’s drive for more heart-centered strategy and meaningful action in their businesses.
The entrepreneurs I have had the pleasure of working with share this in common: they have an undying need to make an lasting impact in their worlds. They have intrinsic purpose, but sometimes have trouble bridging the gap between dreaming and doing.
That’s where a business coach comes in!
A business coach is trained to focus on the individual, not the problem. They are adept at raising an entrepreneur’s self-awareness, pinpointing what lights them on fire and fan their flames into a wild fire of creative strategy. The job of a business coach is to transport their client outside of their comfort zone to achieve results they never dreamed of as a solopreneur.
5 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur needs a Business Coach:
1. A Business Coach can give you the competitive advantage
Business can be cutthroat, but no one is doing what you do the way you do it. A Business Coach will focus on what makes your business unique by identifying your core values. Your core values are the reasons you do everything you do – they are the foundation of what you stand for. When you are able to act from a self-aware position, you will generate business from place of honesty and authenticity. Who will be moved by your business when you’re honest and authentic? The clients you WANT. The business and projects you WANT. You will live the life you WANT.
2. A Business Coach identifies blind spots, strengths + weaknesses
A Business Coach listens deeply to what you say, but also to what you omit. They are like curious children with an incessant “why?” Business Coaches are able to pierce through the stories you tell yourself to reveal the hidden thought patterns that hold you back. For an entrepreneur to be successful, they must be willing to explore the areas of their business that are not only flourishing, but withering. A Business Coach acts as a flashlight illuminating the darkest corners of life that you dare not go alone. They provide an entrepreneur with better vision to see their own solutions.
3. A Business Coach provides crystal clarity on your goals
The entrepreneurial mind is a beautiful web that catches and weaves ideas into existence, and so you started a business. That’s a completely different job to your creative work and now you’re tasked with running an administrative ship in order to share your work. That’s a lot of pressure! A Business Coach can help move you to intentional strategic action, and prioritize your needs to drive business, and support sustainable and purposeful growth. What do you want to achieve and how can we get you there?
4. A Business Coach holds you accountable
As an entrepreneur, you already have a blossoming creative mind but how is your execution? Entrepreneurs are their own bosses and report to no one, so it can be easy to fudge deadlines. A Business Coach acts as a reminder for the promises you make to yourself. A Business Coach does not give you the luxury of promise-breaking, but they do not judge you if you miss the boat. Rather, a Business Coach uses accountability as one more opportunity to get you crystal clear on what REALLY matters.
5. A Business Coach helps you get unstuck + find motivation
Creatives are sorely aware of the mental roadblocks that come with sharing pieces of their soul. Sometimes the well runs shallow and you need a top up. A Business Coach is equipped to ask you powerful questions and offer up space to explore: “what’s really important to you?”, “what beliefs do you hold that limit you?” These questions have the potential to open Pandora’s box and bring you to inspiration you never thought possible.
A Business Coach can bust through your mental roadblocks to increase creativity and productivity.
Having a Business Coach is like having a best friend who is 100% focused on making you the most self-aware, successful and best version of yourself.
Business coaches create a playground for you to dabble in ideas you may not feel comfortable exploring with loved ones — for fear of judgement or unintentional discouragement. Coaches aren’t afraid to tell you the hard truths and will challenge you in new ways to keep you moving towards your bigger picture.
A Business Coach can be your business’ secret weapon, the rabbit up your sleeve, your greatest ally. Who wouldn’t want that?