A good support system is necessary to life coaches to start, build, grow, and maintain a healthy, successful and prosperous coaching business.
Working in isolation, especially in a home office, can cause a loss in motivation to get out of the house. Consequently, this puts one in danger. Because networking is an extremely important part of an effective coaching business.
Additionally, networking events bring opportunities to meet potential clients, referral sources, support allies, and mentors. There are 2 parts to every good support system.
Part 1 – A good support system includes strong Internal Resources.
- Being totally committed to doing whatever it takes to make your business profitable and successful;
- Maintaining the mindset. Motivation, courage, and tenacity necessary to creating change and new habits;
- Giving free consultation/exploration/discovery/sample sessions;
- Regularly attending networking events;
- Facilitating group events;
- Developing passive income products and affiliate associations;
- Being willing to try, and to fail, and to try again, and again, and again;
- Being willing to make mistakes. Find the learning in them and grow from them;
- Believing that anything is possible. Thinking big / outside the box,
- Being open to the outcome. Not attached to it and being willing to try new
- Living the Law of Attraction. Believing that what you focus on, you manifest, and understand that our thoughts have vibrational energies. Furthermore, since like attracts like, negative thoughts attract negative resources. And positive thoughts attract positive ones. Hence, the importance to look at every situation in life from a positive perspective. With a continual focus on what you want and need. Furthermore, the Universe is abundant and there is plenty for everyone.
- Taking the time to sit back and “centre” and just “be” in the moment, fully present;
- Adopting a strong self-care regimen that will keep you healthy physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
- Living an intentional, purposeful, values-driven life.
Part 2 – A good support system includes strong External Resources.
- Having a good business plan.
- Having written SMART Goals, personal and business. As well as accompanying SMART Action Steps.
- Having a good scheduling tool. Incorporating business, personal/family, self-care actions, appointments, and events.
- Having human resources (allies) to whom you can turn for:
- Ideas and/or sharing
- Planning and goal setting
- Friendship and having fun
- Partnerships/Joint Ventures
- Delegation (performing tasks that you can’t/don’t want to do. Which will let you spend time doing things you do best)
- Helping you meet your business and personal needs and/or wants.
Note: A lot of people believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Quite the opposite. It takes strength and courage to admit that there is something you don’t know. Or something that you can’t do and to admit that you need help.
As coaches, we are natural givers, and as givers, we experience on a regular basis, how good it feels to help others. We all know that it is impossible to give or help without getting something pleasant in return.
When you ask for someone’s help, you are gifting them with the experience of realizing how good it feels to help another person. Additionally, deliberately withholding your need for help is, in effect a selfish act.
Because you are preventing that person from giving and helping you. Further, this prevents one from receiving that pleasant feeling that comes from giving.
“TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, YOU WILL BE MORE DISAPPOINTED BY THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T DO, THAN BY THE ONES YOU DID”. – Mark Twain
“I AM NOT A PRODUCT OF MY CIRCUMSTANCES. I AM A PRODUCT OF MY DECISIONS”. – Stephen Covey
“DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE” – Teddy Roosevelt
Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews, Dominican University of California has conducted a study. This study “provides empirical evidence for the effectiveness of three coaching tools. Such as; accountability, commitment, and writing down one’s goal.
WORK ON CREATING THE SUPPORT SYSTEM AND RESOURCES THAT WILL WORK BEST FOR YOU
Ask someone you trust to be your accountability partner. That means they will not let you “wiggle out” of your intentions/goals/action steps. Furthermore, they will “hold your feet to the fire” to ensure that you will follow through. Making sure that you do what you said you would do.
- Tell that person your intention (goal and action step)
- Set a deadline by which you intend to complete the action
- Tell your accountability partner how and when you will report back once the action has been completed.