It’s New Years Eve 2012 and I found myself again reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. This time, however, things seem different than previous turnings of the year as I’m more focused on the present.
This is my first blog under the guise of Chris King, the person. I’m living in the present writing down my thoughts and thinking about how I’m going to turn pro in 2013.
How did I get here?
Thinking about how I got here is a maze of experiences and thoughts spanning the past 40 years, however, without my business coach Claire Hughes I would never have arrived. It’s with Claire’s guidance and support that I’m here, feeling more ready than ever to finally turn professional.
2012 has been a turbulent year for me of ups and downs. On the business front, I’ve had a successful year. I’ve proven that the application of my knowledge and experience is getting my clients results.
I’m capable of more, however, and that’s why I’m determined to turn professional in 2013 by trying my hardest to focus and be disciplined about achieving my goals.
How my business coach has been so much help in 2012
Before going into why my business coach has given me so much help in 2012..it’s important to note. For the time being I’ve chosen a business career on my own.
I’m aware of the advantages and disadvantages of being a one man band, however, today it’s the right thing for me. I need a period of intellectual freedom to help me shape my future.
Whilst I build my tribe of customers and business partners, I’m walking my own path. I’m open-minded so there’s always an open door for future collaboration if the right opportunity arises.
Starting a business on your own is exciting and the best decision I have ever made in my working life. It also brings a unique set of challenges which can be overcome more easily when you have someone to discuss things with.
This is where my business coach has helped me during the final couple of months of 2012.
Claire has helped me to clarify my latest thinking and how I can align this to more core values. She has also removed obstacles to my progression and helped to simplify where I’m going in the short and mid term, and where I want to go with my business in the long term.
I now have goals for the next year and the next three years. This is the first time in my life that I’ve really thought hard about what I want, and where I’m going.
Sometimes you need someone to reassure you that your career is a marathon not a sprint. I’m impatient so rather than think about slowly building towards the future, I wanted something different now.
I now know my business is OK and that I should look at the challenge of consolidating where it is, rather than feeling pressured to take on a completely new challenge. Better to develop new ideas whilst I’m strengthening the foundations of my current business.
My business coach also bought me, ‘Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work’ by Steven Pressfield, before I left the UK.
I’ve just read it all today, New Years Eve 2012. It’s been like looking in a mirror, and seeing the fog lifting.
Thanks Claire for your support, coaching and the book, you’ve been a rock for my business in 2012. I also appreciate the fact that you’ve had to endure some conversations about my turbulent personal life from the past 12 months.
Now for turning pro in 2013
Reading ‘Turning Pro’ has been like a revelation.
I’ve been here before in wanting to change, however, this time it feels different. I’m currently the amateur that Steven Pressfield describes in his book, but I now the start the path on becoming a professional.
As he writes in his book, he has gone through the transition from amateur to professional. Steven has some excellent advice and anecdotal stories of people who have made the leap and those that haven’t.
I’m determined to make the jump in 2013. For now I’m going to enjoy the 10 hours left of 2012.
Happy New Year everyone 🙂