When I first decided to expand my business online, I knew I needed help.
I researched and learned all I could on my own, and made progress. But, it took a lot of time learning everything on my own, and I knew I was missing some key pieces of information. I wasn’t sure if I was doing the steps I knew about in the right order. I became so confused!
It didn’t take long (about two months) before I decided I needed to shorten my learning curve so I could get my business growing faster, and with less frustration.
I knew I needed to get help from someone who could guide me, and show me the shortest path how to generate business online—someone who had been where I was now, had successfully navigated through the challenges, and could show me how to do it, too.
After researching all my options, I decided to invest in a coaching program that offered a complete step-by-step system about how to start/expand a business online. I was ready to get help!
When I saw the investment in the program, I gulped. I had never spent that much money on a program before. But, I signed up, and enthusiastically and completely participated. I completed all the reading and homework assignments. Within 90 days, I created a ‘one-banana’ website, launched my first information product, and started building a list of qualified prospects online.
Was the investment in the program worth it? You bet! It saved me hours of time and frustration. I was able to launch my online business faster, and within a few weeks, was creating income online. By not investing in this coaching program I would never have been able to be successful, I am convinced of that just knowing what I learned from the program.
Since then, I have continued to invest in coaching programs for myself, as well as attend conferences and workshops by well-known coaches and experts. Doing this keeps my business growing faster than I could ever do on my own…as well as builds my knowledge I in turn share with my clients. Investing in myself makes me more valuable to my clients, which increases my income.
Here are my personal, top 3 ways a coaching program can pay off for you.
Tip #1 Choose Your Coaching Program Leader Carefully
Always strive to learn from the best, and choose your coach based on their experience and successful track record. Your coach must also get you energized, excited, and inspired, and push you beyond your comfort zone.
They must challenge you to stretch into new levels of success, but do so in a way that feels supportive and collaborative. To get maximum value from a coaching program, you must work with a coach who has walked the path ahead of you.
Tip #2 The Bigger the Investment, the Bigger Game You’ll Play
I’ve always invested more than I thought I could “afford” at the time. The reason is if the amount you’re investing doesn’t make you gulp (at least a bit!), you won’t take the program seriously (because you have nothing to “lose”).
Imagine investing $100 in a program. For most people, if they don’t “do the work” it’s not a big deal; $100 isn’t that much that you’ll lose any sleep.
However, imagine investing $1,000s of dollars in a coaching program. Do you take that number more seriously? I bet you do! Simply put, the more you invest, the more you implement, and the more you benefit.
Your investment causes you to step up to the challenge, and courageously face blocks and obstacles that repeatedly hold you back from growing your business. Stepping up makes you raise your fees, launch a new program you’ve been contemplating for months, and take serious steps to grow your business.
Tip #3 Be Willing To Have an Open Mind
Being flexible and having an open mind will help you be open to creativity and possibilities for your business. We all get used to doing things the way we’ve always done them, that sometimes, we become blind to new ideas and possibilities about how to do something.
It is not unusual to start a coaching program, and come out of it with an entirely new business.
Participating in coaching programs is the SINGLE BIGGEST REASON my business has grown into a profitable business I love.
Without coaching, I know with 100% certainly my business would not be as successful. Coaching has helped my confidence soar, and I know I’m on the right path to create the life I’ve dreamed and envisioned.
Are you serious about growing your business? If so, step up and invest in your business’ future, either through a coaching program or through purchasing an information product you’ve been contemplating.
Without exception, the most successful entrepreneurs seek guidance and advice from other successful entrepreneurs; they learn from them, and model their behavior and actions.
Time is a resource you can’t replenish. Every day we are ALL running out of time. My challenge to you this week is to take some time, and figure out whose help you need to help you grow your business. What are you waiting for?
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