There are those times when you just think it would be so much easier to call it quits.
Basically, when you start to think: NOTHING IS ACTUALLY EVER GOING TO CHANGE.
It's the same as creating healthy eating habits, an exercise routine, or sticking to any other new habit.
There comes a point where you want to throw in the towel.
How do you know if it's actually time to give it up? Maybe you do suck at it, or maybe your life realz is not going to support building a business. Maybe you're not going to get the support you need to get the results you want, for whatever reason.
Run your doubts through this filter:
1) On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 representing NONE and 10 representing ON FIRE), how much passion do you have for this business? You don't have to love every single minute, but you might consider being in the 7-10 range of passion before committing to a business. Because when the going gets tough, it's passion that gets you over the hump.
2) Have you gotten some honest feedback about your skill set? Hire a mentor coach and make sure your coaching skills are sale-able. If you're still in life coach training, be extremely clear with your peer coach that you are not interested in him/her being nice... you need honest feedback.
3) Sit down with an excel spreadsheet and fill out every single hour from when you wake up until when you really go to bed. Plus overnight if you have children who wake up over night. Now track your schedule and commitments for 14 days. Fill in the cells as you go about your day: Commuting. Working. Not taking lunch. After school, doing homework. Appointments for aging parents. Birthday parties for the kids. Be sure to label the cells as you fill them out. After 14 days, it'll be pretty clear if you actually have time to run a business as things stand.
OK, turns out I don't have the skills/time/passion! Now what?
Don't panic. It doesn't mean the entrepreneurial life isn't for you. It just means you need to pivot, and twist. Check it out.
1) If your passion scale is low, pivot. Dig in. Combine coaching with something else that you are passionate about. Change your niche, specialty, or marketing strategy. Some people get stuck on FB and turns out, would be way more jazzed up doing in person networking!
2) If your skills turn out to be not top notch, not a problem. There is a two-fold approach to this. a) Hire that mentor coach or join a group that focuses on ongoing coach training. b) And in the meantime, consult, teach, educate, or do something else to further your business that involves coaching, but might not be pure coaching.
3) If you're passionate, and get good feedback on your coaching abilities but you just can't fit it in to real life, streamline to keep the blood flowing. Pick one thing that you can do to keep things moving, until you can get more support for your biz. For example, just do a FB live once a week. Spend a month creating a free opt-in and making a sign up form. Schedule 1 in person networking meeting to go to. It's a marathon. Sometimes you gotta slow down and stop at the water station.
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JJ Carolan, the Group Coaching Gal, Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Certified Professional Life Coach. Lots of letters to say.. I understand people.