Mistakes are the best teachers. In fact, if you’re not making mistakes regularly you’re probably not taking enough risks in your coaching business. Holding yourself back until everything’s perfect is a losing strategy. Whereas, allowing yourself to be “bad at something” and get rapidly better as you go, actually feels better and brings the best results.
If you think about it, perfectionism has a kind of irony or arrogance to it – as if you could ever get your coaching business completely right in your head, without having to take it to the street and get some feedback from the real world.
I guarantee that you’ll save yourself gray hair and stress fat if you train yourself out of perfectionistic tendencies starting now. Believe me, I know it’s challenging to let that habit go. But fussing over details won’t help your outlook, life experience or coaching income, and will absolutely cost you time, money and sanity.
That doesn’t mean you want to make every possible mistake. If you have the opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes without making them yourself, it’s a boon! So, let me humbly share four classic mistakes I’ve made in my coaching business, so that you don’t have to. All of these mistakes share that quality of trying to get it right in your head, being afraid to try something out and get feedback.
4 of My Favorite Coaching Business Mistakes
Agonizing over things that don’t matter in the big scheme of things.
Not once, but three times I “perfected” my logo and business cards. (I just unearthed and filled my recycle bin with unused cards and brochures!) I remember agonizing with designers and printers over colors, my logo and card stock. Here’s the kicker, over 13 years of being a coach I’ve used less than 100 business cards! Shocking? Not really. Most coaches just don’t need that many.
A word of advice for you – Vistaprint. It’s likely all you’ll ever need for your business cards or other printed materials.
Saying yes to opportunities because I was afraid not to.
Good opportunities are a dime a dozen. But the right opportunities – the ones that fit your success criteria like a glove – are worth waiting for. I know it’s flattering when everyone wants a piece of you, but it’s also distracting.