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Desperately seeking… something…

At the end of my first year in freelancing, I was feeling a bit lost.

I’d more than matched my in-house income (which was pretty high to start with), but there was this little niggling voice inside me asking, “Do you really know what you’re doing here?”

It wasn’t about the copy; it was about the business.

Because, let’s face it, I hadn’t planned to own my own business. I hadn’t planned this career shift. I’d simply embraced it and learnt as I went.

So I hired a business coach.

But I didn’t actually know what I hired the coach for.

I just decided that this guy would get me on the right path because that’s what he does, right?

Nope.

I hired him without setting my intention, hoping that this stranger would set it for me.

And in a way, he did. But not in the way either he or I expected.

You see, in our first conversation, I’d told him about what I’d built over my first year in business, and I told him I was happy with where I was at.

So he spent the next couple of months trying to hold me back from experimenting with new things, challenging myself and growing my business. Because he wanted to keep me in that happy space… but the problem is, my happy space moved as my business grew.

After a couple of months of business coaching, I felt stifled, dejected, and ready to give it all up.

And I’d spent a lot of money to feel this way.

Don’t get me wrong, the right coach can be amazing for your business and your self-esteem. But the wrong one?

Needless to say, I didn’t stick with him much longer.

I became clear in my intentions and sought people who’d challenge me, encourage me, celebrate me and support me.

I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

How about you? Do you know where you’re going? Have you set your intention? Have you surrounded yourself with the right people?

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