Are you feeling stuck in your coaching business and need some practical advice on how to regain your momentum? If you’re running your own coaching practice, you can appreciate how easy it is to get stuck and lose momentum every so often. Fortunately, this isn’t a permanent place you need to be stuck in forever. There are things you can do to regain your purpose, vision, and direction. As someone with over 30 years’ experience helping clients think outside the box, solve their problems, and get the results they are after here are the top six ways in which I believe you can get unstuck as a coach.
1. Get unstuck with a mentor who’s achieved what you want
If you wish to advance further and keep the momentum going, you’ll need someone else to learn from and to keep you accountable. A mentor should ideally be someone who is much further ahead than you so you can learn something. Find another coach who is willing to share their time, advice, and skills with you. This 30-year study breaks it down in depth: Why Mentors Matter.
2. Reduce your reading and start implementing what you know already!
We are constantly being bombarded by online gurus about how we need to ‘read more’ and ‘invest in yourself more’. These are both great pieces of advice. However, many people (coaches included!) keep consuming more and more content and advice but apply very little of it. Take stock of what you know and see if you’ve actually put into place half of what you’ve picked up from the books you’ve read. If not, reduce your reading and begin to implement what you already know.
3. Burn out is real – get unstuck and leverage your time
Burn out is real in this coaching business. You don’t have to do everything by yourself. This is where business managers come in to help. Put your time and effort into growing your business and not running administrative tasks.
As soon as you can, you should hire a team to help you handle your operations and office back-end details. Get the help you need and use it as leverage to focus on yourself. Regain momentum by leaving the day-to-day tasks to a competent and skilled team.
4. Understand the difference between productivity and being busy
There is a vast world of difference between being productive and being busy. You can be busy without being productive. Productivity refers to the way you use the time you have to work. This means you have to be intentional about what exactly you do in your business. You don’t have time to waste. Having a to-do list that you actually follow is one of the most effective ways you can measure what you’ve done by the end of the day.
5. Take a step back and get in some time out
Having time out during the day is important. Whether you use this time to exercise, meditate, journal or be with your family is up to you. The key takeaway is you need a break in the day. Your health matters and is arguably your most important asset. By taking care of yourself, you will improve your focus. Plus, happier coaches are 13% more productive.
6. Get unstuck by establishing SMART recurring goals
A coach without a vision is one who will lose momentum very quickly. If you don’t know what you’re working towards or trying to achieve you only make life harder for yourself. It might be a little hard to believe but many coaches don’t actually have SMART goals. This is goals that are:
Any coach with such a laser-focused vision will be able to put in place practical steps to make sure they achieve these goals. Take time to think through what you want to achieve this year and put those dreams down on paper. Better still, hand over a copy of your goals to your mentor and let them hold you accountable.
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