Having had the tremendous fortune of working with highly motivated individuals who are, and have become, coaches (as well as countless entrepreneurs from a diverse set of industries), it’s always fun to see how much energy and passion each person brings to their new endeavor. Excitement for a desired change builds and builds, as they see their strengths and values begin to align with their work.
Then, they rush out, ready to take on the world, only to realize, “Wow, this is a lot of work,” or “Wait, you mean everything doesn’t just fall into place?”
External challenges arise (getting the work done, having people respond to your marketing, etc.), providing a wonderful opportunity to re-evaluate your plans and make any necessary adjustments as you move forward.
The internal challenges (fear, assumptions, the ebb and flow of your energy) that arise are actually signs of progress! That’s right… progress!
Anyone who sets out to create something new (a new business, a new project — whatever it is) will see a host of personal and professional development issues arise. And what’s really amazing is how those issues, much like a crash course, test how rapidly you can grow, adapt, and respond.
So, when the obstacles come, put the ego on the shelf for a while and listen intently. Every obstacle that surfaces reveals more and more to you about how you can step into greatness.
All of these challenges (internal or external) also have the power to distract you – calling your attention away from your goals and purpose. When you can’t clearly see and connect to your vision, goals, and sense of purpose, your excitement will naturally wane.
When you begin your project, be clear on your vision for what success will look like and know the purpose you have for why you’re doing what you’re doing. Find ways to summarize this vision and purpose, and surround yourself with reminders and images that keep you focused on the real goals.
And when your energy drops, or one of those obstacles pops-up, go back to your vision and purpose and consider how this challenge is actually helping you move forward instead of holding you back.
Live on Fire!
D. Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
President & CEO
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)