I’m shifting my business. It’s scary.
2021 was the year of building my one-on-one coaching practice from scratch. Mission accomplished. It had grown to the point where I had to stop pursuing new clients in December.
So I spent this winter focused on my current clients, writing my book, and learning how to slow down. The last time I created new income was at the beginning of January. I’ve been living off a decent cushion for myself, but I can’t move to Brooklyn in October if I don’t build something new beforehand.
In my community, we say: “What got you to this level is what will keep you from getting to the next level.”
What got me to the level I’m at was my client-creation process:
- Reaching out to people individually, connecting with them, and building a relationship.
- Inviting everyone I talked with to a coaching session. Coaching as many of them as I possibly could and seeing if it was a good fit.
- Making it easy for them to work with me (financially and schedule-wise).
I loved it. I still do. My one-on-one clients are some of my favorite people on the planet.
But there are only so many hours in a day, week, and month. Rather, I only have so much energy. I’m not some super-entrepreneur who can put in 10-hour days. Even if I could, I don’t want to.
First of all, people don’t actually work 10-hour days. We can’t even work for eight hours. Sure, we can be in the office for that long. But we only have about three to four hours of genuine focused attention at our disposal.
Secondly, with what I do, I get drained pretty fast.
My job consists of listening deeply to a person, being wildly curious about them, and challenging them. Doing this with multiple people for multiple hours would make anyone tired.
That said, I can’t keep doing the 3-step system I mentioned above. It got me here, and it’ll keep me from getting to where I want to go.
So what will get me to the next level?
Something scaleable. A service where I’m not trading my time for money. Here’s what I’m thinking:
- A group program for entrepreneurs.
- Only high-paying referrals for one-on-one clients.
- A content marketing strategy.
In the first sentence of this blog, I said I was scared. That’s not quite true. I’m unclear. And that can often be mistaken for fear.
At this stage, I’m interviewing startup founders to hear about their stories and challenges. It’s already giving me a clearer picture of what I can help folks with. But I don’t quite know what service I want to provide yet.
Luckily for me, I learned a valuable lesson last year: We don’t have to know how to do something in order to do it.
On top of that, we don’t have to be fearless in order to do what we want.
I don’t exactly know what I’m doing yet. But I know I’ll do it.
And when I do, I’ll tell you all about it.
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