It was a warm spring day in May, 2008. The scene was my front porch and a rare moment when I could sit; read and contemplate the next move in my life – and work. I asked PAPA God a question and the answer quickly blazed across my mind. “Online coaching“. Loud – clear – and without equivocation!
But that was 7+ years ago now. And the ensuing years have been spent attempting to honor that mandate of online coaching. The challenge has become: what does that mean? If I write, teach, mentor, guide and otherwise “coach” women using the power of technology, i.e. social media; then is it not true that I’m being true to the loud and clear mandate?
Hum. . . I wonder?!
Many of us start a business or enter a business via the IBO route offered by a network marketing company. We enter with high expectations. We dream of the success we’ll have once our business is up and running. It doesn’t occur to us that it may take years to see the success we dream of. Or that the start up period will be years in the making. Start up may be a series of starts (and steps back) once we learn what it is we truly want to do.
Here’s what I’m discovering about many of the women I meet via Neighborhood Boutiques and our face to face groups, COFFEE in the NEIGHBORHOOD. . .
We don’t really know who we are (personally as well as professionally); what we want or what we hope to accomplish!
To paraphrase my comment to Jen the other day – we don’t yet know who we want to be when we grow up!
I look at posts from women in micro-business across social media and listen to comments at face to face gatherings and want to shout “What do you want to accomplish?” “Do you really know what you want to do with your business?“
And I don’t leave myself out of the equation. Do I still not know what PAPA meant by ‘online coaching’? After 7 long years; am I still as naive and in the dark as I was that day in 2008. A day when I thought I knew exactly what He was asking of me!
The truth is I’m not the only one. Neither are the myriad number of business women who appear confident and assured about their why, what and how; but in reality secretively ask the same question.
Then there are, of course, those who never thought about it. And when you pose the question (as I have here); the glazed look is that of a deer in the headlights.
Here’s some items to consider:
- What turns me on? What energizes me when I entertain and roll it over in my brain? I would use the word “passion” but that’s too bland. I’m talking about an energy that nearly lifts me off my feet when the thought of it comes to mentally reside and won’t leave no matter what!
- What am I exceptionally good at? I will have the basics of an extraordinary skill set for what it is I want to do and am meant to fulfill with my life. While I may not be considered an “expert” when I launch; I will soon begin to develop the business ‘muscles‘ necessary to accomplish that which I want and am destined to accomplish!
- What detriments do I bring to the process? It’s not all a bed of roses. There will be difficult days ahead and if I don’t deal with that which would impede the outcome – the outcome will be dour. Am I patient? Or do I want it all right now? Do I know and accept that business growth, development and ultimate success is a process? Am I basically a positive personality or do I engage in negativity at the first sign of a “setback”? Am I organized or chaos every waking moment? Do I have the ability to laser-focus, or am I almost always scattered? Recognizing my impediments is the first step to taking charge of business, as well as life in general.
- What’s my personality type? If I’m mainly an introvert who hates the thought of networking; that will impact the type of business I do – as well as how I do it. On the other hand, if I can’t bear the thought of doing business without the roar of the crowd; that too will make a dramatic difference in the business I choose as well as how I conduct it.
- How do I define “SUCCESS”? Do I gauge SUCCESS as only financial? If so, have I defined at what point in my business life I will have achieved monetary success? And do I know how to get there – and more importantly, stay there? Or is SUCCESS much more than the amount of money in the bank account? If so, that will greatly impact not only the kind of business I choose; but how I will put it together, how I manage my time and how I balance business life with matters of life in general.
Here’s the deal! As women in micro-business determined to make our businesses work; we must first know what we want to do as a woman in micro-business! What do we want as our ultimate outcome?
If there were a $64,000,000 question; that’s it! So my challenge to you is: take time to get down and dirty with yourself. Pray and ask for the truth of you to be revealed. That’s numero uno.
And next time we’ll look into what you learned and how to go after your revealed outcome!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, CEO & Visionary Partner
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[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://affiliatedwomeninternational.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/05/linda-google-NB-profile-pic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]I have a ‘fiery’ passion to see women become all they are designed to be – personally, professionally and most of all – spiritually. I write, teach, mentor and coach with that passion in mind. As an author and prolific blogger, I reach out to women in all walks of life, especially women of faith to empower and equip them for greatness. [/author_info] [/author]