Over the past past four years or so I have worked with several business coaches. Each one is extremely successful in their field and each one has taught me something. Interestingly, what I have learned from them is exactly the same.
Each of these coaches, entrepreneurs, business people, has come from a different background, and some have come from different continents. They are all considered to be ‘gurus’ and are highly acclaimed. I have no reason to doubt this or their abilities. They are all very nice people too, I have met with each of them, spent time with each of them and admire their work and tenacity.
I have attended their retreats, their seminars and listened to them all intently. I have even qualified as one of their coaches.
But, what have I learned from each and every one of them? I have learned that I don’t want to run my business in the ways they have been telling me to.
According to them each retreat, seminar, training, coaching session is a lead in to a more expensive programme or elite group.
I went down the route of offering free workshops and from these offering paid for coaching etc. This didn’t sit well with me so I stopped doing these, even though I had great attendance and everyone enjoyed them and learned something. And so did I.
This is not what I want to do.
So what do I want to do?
I want to work with people to help them regain their self-esteem and confidence so they can lead their lives as their authentic selves, rather than live their lives as others want them to. I want to work with people who have hit rock bottom and are now wanting to move upwards in their lives. I want to work with people who want to re-build their self-worth.
I thought long and hard about this and decided what I needed to do. I have obtained a grant from the Lottery to work with women who have escaped abusive relationships. I have written a course, Mind the Gap, which is made up of six modules. I have met with the Southern Domestic Abuse Service and met some of their ladies who have been through the amazing Freedom Programme but who are now looking to move forward in their lives. And I am going to be running the very first pilot programme in January 2017. I have 30 ladies signed up, the venue is booked in Havant, the creche facilities organised.
This is so exciting and feels right to me. There is no sign up to a more costly follow on course. The Mind the Gap is free to the attendees, who are all very excited to be included.
A programme will be starting in January 2017 here on the Isle of Wight too for women who have escaped from domestic abuse. I want to work with men too who have escaped from domestic abuse and that is a work in progress.
I have also obtained funding from Island Roads Foundation to work with the homeless people, and those who have been homeless, here on the Isle of Wight. And that will be beginning in early 2017 too.
I shall be applying for more funding to be able to work with more people both on the Isle of Wight and on the mainland.
That is what I have learned. I don’t want to work in the ways that they work. I want to work in the way that I work. And that is a huge lesson and doesn’t make them wrong, but makes we more able to sleep at night and to know I am really helping people.
If this resonates with you, and you would like to learn more about my work, get in touch with me today. I would like to hear from you.