Thursday, February 28, 2008

What's Stopping You?

I've been coaching long enough now that I'm seeing more and more people that call or visit to get more information on our services and then decide not to go through with it.

Months and even years later it seems, those same people show back up again with the same problems, only in much deeper despair this time.

I talk, write and teach all the time about the main obstacle in the way of us reaching our goals is actually... ourselves! This isn't just a problem for those seeking help from me and my staff, but I see the problem in myself as well.

I've come a long way from where I was just 5 or 10 years ago. Back then I would have done anything I could to do things on my own. Why admit defeat when I can just pour more work into reaching my goals or making an improvement in my life?

Of course there has always been a lot of frustration around putting my nose to the grindstone and it almost always costs me more than hiring professional help.

For instance, in the beginning stages of building our business from the ground-up, there were plenty of things I had to figure out on my own. I was a one-man show back then and didn't have much money to have others take some of the tasks off of my hands.

When I realized how much time energy and frustration I was pouring into my work (and neglecting my family at the same time) it was time to make a change. I was doing the same thing many of my clients do!

Recognizing that I needed professional help, I sought the advice of a business coach to help me improve the things I was doing wrong, begin programs that I hadn't started yet, and really improve how the business was run. I very easily recouped the money I spent in just a few weeks.

I am so passionate about the need to have a professional in my life that I now coach in many areas including finance, career & life direction, and I also work with many of Dave Ramsey's Financial Counselors as they seek to help more people and improve their businesses.

What is standing in the way of you reaching your goals?