Thanks to the internet we now have the ability to access thousands of online training programs, videos and tutorials on just about any skill you want to learn. This can be a bit of a double edged sword for some. Yes, now we can all be quasi-experts in everything from quantum physics to psychiatry, but where do we draw the line? I am someone who has spent my entire life learning everything I can about whatever it is that I am doing. Like learning as much as I could about Multiple Sclerosis when I worked for a biotech company as an administrative assistant to learning every new social media platform and software product that has come out since I started my first virtual assistant company. Of course now as a business coach I am finishing up my certification and learning as much as I possibly can about helping people create and achieve goals. But there comes a time when you have to decide when you have enough training to go out and get clients.
This is where coaching changed the whole game for me.
Have you ever met someone who is extremely bright, well educated and well informed but can’t seem to ever get ahead? This may be a friend, colleague, family member or even yourself. Truth be told, this was me a few years ago. I had tons of knowledge, my finger on the pulse of technology and a I knew more than I needed to know about marketing and social media. I still was only making barely enough to get by. I then discovered the missing piece; I needed accountability, support and help sorting through all the great ideas in my head. My coach worked with me to see that it wasn’t knowledge or skills I was lacking, it was something different. I first needed to recognize my unique strengths and my past successes to see that I was capable of accomplishing what I was setting out to do. Then together we broke up my big ideas into small action steps that I could actually complete without feeling overwhelmed. This was an ongoing process because there were many days that I would slip back into my old thinking and want to give up on myself. Sometimes I wouldn’t want to call my coach because I was feeling like a failure, but it never failed, I would get off the phone feeling like I could conquer the world again.
So how about you?
Is it more classes and telesummits and tutorials and videos that you need or is it someone to help you see what is really holding you back? Again, I will say that I value education and believe that being certified in your area of expertise is valuable. My point is, please don’t let your lack of certification stop you from recognizing your personal and professional value. Taking very intentional action towards a clear goal is the key to business success.
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