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Several Important Ways A Business Coach Can Take You Further

Tuesday 29 June 2021

If you want to go further, faster in business, then investing in a coach or mentor can be an amazing catalyst. In this blog, we’re going to explore some of the benefits entrepreneurs gain from working with a coach.

Whether you’ve been experiencing a stream of business successes, or have faced many challenges and are ready to make a giant leap forward, a business coach can support you to reach your goals and feel confident about the future.

 

It took me several years to realise that I had been putting my staff before me. My personal development was at a standstill which I realised was having an effect on my business. Hopefully this blog will help shorten that timeline for you so you can reap the benefits far sooner!

 

When I was thinking about the importance of coaching, David Braithwaite sprang to mind.  David is a coach at Strategic Coach® as well as an entrepreneur with his own business, Citrus Financial. I first met David through Strategic Coach®. He now supports participants in the programme to take their businesses to the next level.

 

You can listen to our full conversation by tuning in to episode 19 of our weekly podcast, “Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Together”.

 

A paradigm shift

 

Sitting down with David, one of the first things I wanted to know was where his journey began:

 

David: “I was running my own business. The more it grew, the more frustrated I became. When you first set up, you have that excitement, that spark of ‘wow I’ve got my own business’, then you start to hit obstacles.

 

I lost my mojo.

 

I was paying lots into my pension pot because that was my escape. I couldn’t wait to stop and retire.

 

Business quickly began to feel like a treadmill that was getting faster. I wanted to do things my way but it felt out of control. I realised I didn’t know how to manage a team, or how to grow a business. 

 

I wanted solutions quickly, and why not learn from other people’s mistakes? I went to Strategic Coach® presentations and met a community of people who were open to transforming their lives and businesses. Coaching was a natural progression.”

 

It’s clear from what David has shared that his desire to be in control of his business wasn’t his reality. He had an early wake up call, and that’s had a ripple effect on the rest of his life.

 

Paddle boarding and the unexpected lesson

 

David: “I recently had a break in Devon and noticed people paddle boarding. I wanted to find out how to get on the board, how to stand, what happens if you fall off? How do you hold the oar? I found a teacher so I could learn quickly from my mistakes. I had a much more enjoyable experience (and only fell in twice).

 

Why wouldn’t you have a coach do the same for you in business? 

 

Coaching realigned and focused everything for me:

 

  • It got rid of the fog. 
  • It provided a supportive community where I could be myself.
  • I met people who inspired me.
  • I gained insight.
  • I learnt how to do business in a better way.
  • It helped me keep sight of my goals and get where I wanted to go faster.

 

I wanted to be an entrepreneur by design, not by accident. Coaching enabled that to happen.”

 

One of the key lessons we can learn from David is that coaching is a fantastic way to help you expand into the best version of yourself. You will learn how to access your own inner resources, see that you’re not alone in facing challenges, and be inspired by the success of those around you.

 

Taking time away from the coal face

 

At EHE Capital, Gary and I travel to Toronto to meet with our coaching community, and that brings us tremendous value. It gives us time away from the day-to-day activity, to discuss concepts with other business owners committed to growth. It’s a complete reset.

 

It’s as though someone has sprinkled fairy dust all around us! It’s an incredibly inspiring and creative atmosphere and I always come back with a long list of ideas to explore.

 

David’s made reference to taking a break, something that many entrepreneurs struggle to do because their minds are always whirring with ideas. 

 

He shares some valuable insights explaining why being busy isn’t always the best idea:

 

David: “If I’m reverse parking in a multi-storey car park, the first thing I do is turn the music down so that I can focus. You can’t focus when there’s too much noise. To go faster in business you need to slow down.

 

You need time away from the grind.

 

Some of the best ideas I’ve had come from conversations at coaching events with a community of people like me, where there’s no competition. Sometimes you wake up in the night with an idea or a solution. It just bubbles up because there is peace and quiet. 

 

I used to think if you wanted to make twice as much money, you had to work twice as hard, but that’s not true. When you take time off, you do better.”

 

If you feel like you’re under pressure with no time to think, you will benefit hugely from some time out to reflect on your business and where you are going. Sometimes, it takes a coach or a mentor to make you see this, so make sure you are seeking out someone right for you who restores your focus and energy. 

 

Inevitably, when you feel better, you do better. 

 

Finding a supportive coach and becoming a member of a vibrant community will help you embrace and magnify your entrepreneurial mindset so that you develop a more sustainable business that you can take further, faster.

 

For a more in-depth discussion on how we can help you at EHE Capital, email any questions to guy@ehe.capital. If you’d like to get in touch with David Braithwaite, you’ll find him at Citrus Financial.

 

P.S. You might also enjoy reading our blog How Building A Community Helps Drive Your Business Forward.

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