It takes ample courage to be an entrepreneurial coach. There are critical decisions to make for your coaching business, such as choosing your niche or hiring a virtual assistant. Every day you get up the gumption to connect with prospects and enroll coaching clients. And there are so many learning curves to ascend.
Here are three ways to raise courage on demand, for all the leaps you need to take as you build your coaching business.
1. Realize That You’re in Good Company
There are millions of intrepid coaches and other business owners who have traveled this path before you. They have done and are doing exactly what you’re attempting now. And they felt just as spazzy about it as you feel now. But they did it, and thrived.
Tap into that collective fortitude. You can do it too! And you’ll not only live to do it again, you’ll become good at this (whatever it is that inspires fear today). Bank on it.
It’s okay to be a beginner. In fact it’s a crucial part of the developmental path. You wouldn’t expect your infant child to become an adult overnight. That would be unnatural. Give yourself time to learn organically. Make mistakes, and commit to do it better next time. That’s the way to build confidence quickly.
2. Be Right Sized
Even if you’re a bit of a control freak, you know down deep that the outcome of whatever you’re attempting is not completely up to you. Take comfort in that. Do what you can to be at your best, and let go of the rest.
Angeles Arrien, who wrote The Four-Fold Way, has a beautiful creed that I often use to check whether I am being at my best:
- Show up and be present.
- Pay attention to what has heart and meaning.
- Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
- Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome.
If I am doing those four things, I can let go of the rest.
If it fits your sensibilities, pray or “call in” energetic support. When I’m about to do something that takes me out of my comfort zone, I take a moment to invite in the wisdom and support of seen and unseen allies. It’s a way of saying to myself: “I am powerful, and it’s not all up to me.”
3. Get Grounded in Purpose
Before you pick up the phone to call that prospect or get on the bridgeline for that teleseminar, get clear about why you’re doing this. What’s the immediate goal? What’s the long-term goal? What will you get out of it? How will you learn, grow, expand? Visualize the realization of all of that. Make it real in your mind. And then release it.
Ask yourself: Who do I want to be in this moment? How would I like to show up? Just taking a moment to set that intention helps you be more of who you want to be. Instead of fearful, you’ll be confident. Instead of worried about what people think, you’ll connect. You’re a great connector, or you wouldn’t be here.
I read somewhere that the oldest meaning of fear is “to pass through”. Fear will show up regularly as you build your coaching business. Count on that. Pass through it, or let it pass through you, and you will find it becomes a great teacher.
What other ways do you summon courage? Share them here in the Comments.