Entrepreneur’s Source Franchise Shares 5 Things You Didn’t Know a Coach Can Do for You
Last week on Franchise Friday, Brand Manager of The Entrepreneur’s Source franchise Tamara Loring shed light on the reality of today’s franchise industry and the way people perceive franchising, including their misconceptions, worries and fears.
For more than 12 years, Tamara has worked with Entrepreneur’s Source Coaches, business owners, franchisors, clients and fellow team members in various capacities, whether it’s helping to launch their business or developing processes and systems to make the business stronger.
Her roles and responsibilities have evolved and changed over the years, but whatever she does, it always is in the spirit to help empower people to create a better future for themselves and their families.
5 Things You Didn’t Know a Coach Can Do for You
Help you look inward. Change is inevitable: The key is to start looking inward first and really determine, “What is it that I want more of in my life, and what do I want less of?”
No doubt that can be very frightening, because people are typically afraid of the unknown. Rather than being temporarily uncomfortable, many people would like to go back to what they already know.
We create a safe space for you to explore. One of the things we say over and over again is, “I don’t want you to make any decisions, at least prematurely. I want you to keep an open mind and look at all of your options.”
It starts with doing some soul searching and defining what your primary aim is. What is most important to you? What can you see yourself getting excited about?
Identify your transferrable skills. I remember when I was in career transition 12 years ago. I kept on going down that same path, thinking, “Maybe if I changed location, maybe if I change organization,” but my resume was so tight that I was really looking for the same thing in a different place.
I guess intuitively I knew that this is the definition of insanity, but I didn’t see how my strengths were going to be transferrable.
You may be saying, “Okay, so what are transferrable skills?” Think about the things you’ve done so far that have made you successful. Maybe you have a strong community of peers. Maybe you’ve got a strong circle of influence. Maybe you have a strong work ethic that won’t let you fail. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re healthy and vital, and you have a lot of energy. Maybe you have a strong record of accomplishments. Maybe it’s the fact that you have a high degree of integrity. The list goes on and on. It’s not necessarily always what you think it may be.
Motivate you to overcome fear. Fears: everybody has them, but it’s what we do with them that matters. Somebody once said to me, “You may not have the ability to always make the right decision, but you have the ability to make good choice and then to go work at it to make it a right decision.”
That always rings true to me, because it prevents me from falling into the trap of paralysis by analysis, or wanting to have a 100 percent guarantee, or being afraid that I’m going to fail.
Sometimes getting 80 percent there is fine. Then you keep on working on it, and fine tuning it, and tweaking it. It’s moving facing the dangers and just acknowledging them, then getting excited about the opportunities, recognizing that you have strength that you can utilize and gaining confidence from that. That’s probably the best advice I can give anybody who is in career transition and is looking at what they can do next.
Embark on a journey of discovery. People believe the myth that simply finding the right business will make them successful. That’s not what we believe. The business is simply a vehicle to help you accomplish your primary aim.
What do you want more of in your life, who do you want to be, what is your primary aim in life?
Consider everything you’ve done up to this point in life as 1.0. What we do at The Entrepreneur’s Source and what our coaches help you do is just to find that next version of you for right now. There’s going to be a 3.0, and a 4.0, and a 5.0, and so forth. The business is simply a vehicle to help you accomplish what you’re looking for in life.
That’s going to change, too. Ten years ago, if you would have asked me what my goals were, they were quite different than what they are today. Today, I’m a mother, so I have other priorities. I want flexibility. I want to be able to spend time with my child. Before he was around, obviously, that was not as important to me. I think getting your mind wrapped around the fact that the business does not equal the dream, but instead the business is simply a vehicle to help you accomplish the dream, then you are able to bust that myth.
See past limited perceptions. When researching a business opportunity, you cannot judge a book by its cover. You must speak to people who are in that business in order to be able to see beyond the “curb appeal.”
It would be like buying a house, and the realtor saying to you, “Okay. We’re going to pass this house. You need to decide from the outside whether you’re going to purchase this house or not. I’m not going to let you go in.” That would be insane, wouldn’t it?
What our coaches help our clients do is put their emotion to the side and see whether the business has the potential to meet their goals, needs, and expectations. In fact, 95 percent of our clients discover options they never would have looked at on their own or would have prematurely dismissed.
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