What I learnt in 2017December 31, 2017
I am a huge fan of reflection and wanted to share my learning from 2017:
- That you will never feel 100% ready – there is always more that you could do. The mantra done is better than perfect rings true for me this year. This doesn't mean producing scrappy work it means committing to doing something and doing it when you say you will.
- That having a great support structure is crucial both personally and professionally. Through a number of group programs I have been part of and networking I have a good group of female entrepreneurs. I have also always paid for coaches and coaching supervision which has had a massive impact on the success of my business.
- Don't be afraid to blow your own trumpet. If you are in business no one else will! people want to know about your qualifications and skills. they care that you have had other business ventures and they want to hear about your successes – it is motivating to others.
- Dont compare yourself to others – you are an individual, focus on being the best version of you rather than a replica of someone else. As soon as I did this the clients started rolling in.
- Trust your gut – I made a couple of decisions this year which I intuitively felt uncomfortable about they didn't work out and I wish I had listened to my gut instead!
- Commit to your personal development – in terms of my confidence and my personal development I have soared this year as I have made it a priority. This means reading every day, training, events, courses and of course coaching.
- Take time for you. If you have your own business then you are your biggest asset – do things for you to stay healthy and happy.
- Focus on activities that align with your goals. If they are not going to help you get to where you want to be ditch them or delegate them.
- Schedule everything and switch off distractions – you will be amazed how much more you get done
- Take every situation as a learning experience
This year I have taken my business full time (at the start of the year I had to work out my notice from my full time job alongside my business) which I have managed over 3-4 days. I have completed a PGCERT in coaching and numerous online programs from Todd Herman, Brendon Burchard, Marie Forleo, Emily Williams and Taki Moore. I have attended over 15 different events including networking, workshops and talks (and a trip to Florida). I have worked with 5 different coaches and 1 brilliant coaching supervisor.
I have worked with 100s of women (and a few men) through one to one coaching, group coaching programs, online course, events, training and membership sites. I have launched and sold out my mastermind in less than a week. I have spoken at over 10 different events including at Goldsmiths and UCL. I have blogged and being interviewed over 20 different publications.I have been on radio in the US and podcasts in the UK…
All of this has been done working part time with 2 kids under 3 and organising a pretty sizeable wedding in May.. It hasn't always been easy but I am testament to the fact that if you are passionate about something and you work hard you will get there.