How do you feel about your coaching business at this very moment?
Do you still feel the passion you felt when you first set it up?
Or do you feel a bit “meh”, take it or leave it kind of thing?
Being a business owner is hard, isn’t it? You have to be motivated every day no matter what. It doesn’t matter if your sales are down on last month, or that your business is in a bit of a feast or famine type situation, you have to turn up with a smile plastered on your face because it’s YOUR business!
After a while it might become harder to get excited to turn up day after day, and you may start thinking if it’s all worth it.
Before you do anything rash, like give it all up, remember that it’s perfectly natural to fall out of love with your business! In fact, I would guess that a huge percentage of business owners have at one time or another thought about packing it all in – these 5 well-known successful businesses almost didn’t make it!
I also include myself in this, as I went through a tough time of not liking my business or what I was doing – thankfully though I got through it and I love what I do now and the coaches I work with.
“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”
I know how hard it is to bounce back… to get that spark going again, and I also know the 3 tips below will help you fall back in love with your coaching business again (as they worked for me 🙂 )
1. Think back to the beginning
Pour yourself a big mug of tea, grab a few biscuits and spend a couple of hours making a list of pros and cons…
Ask yourself the following questions and answer them truthfully:
- Why did you want to be a coach?
- What difference did you want to make in the world?
- How did you feel when you first launched your coaching business?
- How did you feel when you got your first paying client?
Answering the above questions will reignite the spark that you felt when you first started out, it will reaffirm the whys of all that you do.
2. Take a break
I don’t just mean taking an hour off every day, I mean REALLY take a break… a few days, a week, 2 weeks… tell your clients you can’t be reached, activate your voicemail and put on your out of office. Escape from the routine of running your business. You will be amazed at how refreshed and refocused you’ll feel afterwards. The time away will also allow you to look at things from a fresh perspective and you’ll be buzzing with new ideas when you return.
If you think about it, a long term relationship tends to become a bit stale when you get stuck in a routine, a rut. Your business is the same!
Schedule in regular days off for a bit of “you” time, mix things up a bit, do something new, or spend the time doing nothing… just relaxing. It’s up to you!
3. Review your achievements
Go back through all of your accomplishments… all those problems and hurdles you had to overcome to get where you are now. Don’t take it lightly – remind yourself of just what a great job you are actually doing, and what a fantastic business you’ve built!
Read through all of your testimonials and feedback from clients. Read any emails you’ve received from people you’ve helped, read through any thank you cards you may have gotten in the post.
Create a scrapbook full of these testimonials, thank you’s, and positive feedback and you will fall in love with your business over and over again if you take the time to regularly read through the book.
Quick bonus tip!
I know it’s supposed to be 3 tips but I feel this one must be included! Surround yourself with a GREAT support network of family, friends and mentors. You will be so glad you did. Remember you can’t do it alone… and you shouldn’t have to do it alone.
I hope the tips above have given you some new ideas to try if you’re feeling a bit “eugh” about your business. The thing to remember is that it’s okay to review your business and your feelings towards it on a regular basis. In fact I would recommend you do! Ask yourself the questions in tip 1 each month and focus your energy on those feelings you had at the very beginning – you’ll be loving your business again in no time!