I know many new coaches are curious about what the first year of business looks like. It honestly a very trying time. It's when you're trying to figure out exactly where you fit in and what you want to offer. You're discovering who it is you want to work with. It's a year of tremendous growth and I wanted to share with you my 10 truths of my first year as a coach.
Truth #1- At the very beginning there is so much to get into place: website, social media, opt-in, sales funnel. Don't be so concerned with landing a client right out of the gate. It will take time and you need to be sure your systems and structures are up and running before you take on any clients.
Truth #2- Investing in my business was hands down the best decision I ever made. I didn't have all the answers and I really needed the accountability to get things up and running. Hiring my coach was a large expense that I'm happy I went out on a limb for. There will be days when you need extra support so hiring someone to help you reach your goals is quite possibly the best decision ever.
Truth #3- Once you start mindset work it will become a daily practice. Being aware of your thoughts in feelings is like unleashing the kracken. The only difference is you'll know how to control it and it'll take less and less time to bounce back.
Truth #4- The relationship you will make from this industry will be like none other you will ever have. I have met some of the worlds most amazing women. I constantly say that, I know, but it's the truth. I am in such awe of the work each of you do and I feel lucky to apart of it.
Truth #5- Your first 10K will be hardest. For whatever reason this seems to be the magic number for entrepreneurs to reach. I worked extremely hard to reach my first 10K. After hitting the milestone it seemed to be easier to reach because I just kept repeating what I had been doing.
Truth #6- This is by far the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. There have been moments of absolute joy, I made some amazing connections and have been invited to speak and to take part in many different things I wouldn't have otherwise ever been able to. There has also been bouts of crippling fear and a few tears have been shed. It's all growth.
Truth #7- Your business will look drastically different from the day you started to where you are now. This is a good thing and it's also growth. It's about finding yourself, your purpose, and who you are meant to serve. It's okay if things changes.
Truth #9- You may lose relationships. One of my coaches, James Williams, teaches how to be your very best. Sometimes being your very best means letting go of things that don't serve you. As you grow and evolve you may find that you don't have time or room for things you once did. Going out all night may not seem as fun. Gossiping about other women may leave a knot in your stomach. Welcome the change and make way for the people who will support you and are in the same place in life that you are in.
Truth #10- You will have moments of wanting to give up. We all go through those times of wondering if you should just give up. It'd be easier and you'd have so much more time not trying to create content all the time. This is a normal feeling but just remember your big why to bring yourself right back to center.
I would love to know what it's been like for you in your first year (or what it was like). Post in the comments and let me know!