I am writing this post a day late, when I started my blog my aim was to post weekly, on a Sunday. This week I changed that, I decided self care and family time was more important.
The last few weeks have been busy, lots of life changes are on the horizon, one of them, more than anything else is going to have a big impact on my life. Tomorrow I launch my own business. In previous posts I have spoken many times about how I am inspired by a great number of people in my close circle who have taken a risk and started their own business.
When I have coached people I have often discussed with people the benefits and risks of them taking the leap to start their own business. In the back of my mind has always been the thought that I would like to do the same some day. But the key words were always some day.
In my mind I was happy in my comfort zone of going to work, being paid and feeling secure. Then things changed. We made the decision to relocate, something that we had talked about for a long time.
As part of the relocation I handed in my notice, secured a new role in our new local area and the future looked good. Then the bombshell hit. My job offer was withdrawn a week before I was due to start. That threw a massive spanner in the works.
Luckily I have a lot of great friends in my support network, they focussed me, reminded me of my strengths and achievements and gave me hope.
Thankfully, and I cannot express how thankful I am, a great person, who is a good friend but who also who has a great ability to read people, saw my despair. He stepped in and made me an offer of a job, in a business that I love. In fact it was more than that. He offered me hope.
What I wasn’t expecting was the support and push that I was going to get. He has coached, mentored and guided me. He has introduced me to a lot of people, made a lot of contacts. Most importantly he has shown me my strengths, given me tangible tasks that have occupied me, but helped him and his business.
In short he gave me the confidence and self belief to take that step and actually start my business. I have had amazing support from my partner and from friends. Listening to my ideas, reviewing, testing and proof reading my website. Their help and support has been invaluable.
Part of my business will be coaching and mentoring, something that I love and that inspires me. Helping others to change their lives, set their goals, tell their stories and let their passion drive them to success. What can be better than that.
I believe that lived experience helps us all to be able to connect and guide others. My life has brought me many challenges, but also a lot of people to guide and support me.
It is my hope that my story, in part, can act as inspiration to others.
For now I just want to say a huge thank you to Tim you are a special guy, I am honoured to know you.
Have you thought of starting your own business?
What is it that is stopping you?