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The Importance of Coaching: Justin Taught Me the Seven-Figure Strategy

The Importance of Coaching: Justin Taught Me the Seven-Figure Strategy

Part Five of Six

A coach can have a huge impact on the lives of his or her clients, and I certainly know that’s been the case for me. I’ve worked with five different coaches. I hired each one for a different reason, at a different time in my life and career.

That being said, the work I did with each coach built upon the work I’d done before. My results have been greater because at each step of the way, I’ve already laid the foundation for further growth and expansion.

Here’s a summary of my experience with my fourth coach:

The Coach:

Justin Livingston

Why I Hired Him:

I hired Justin because I needed someone to tell me what to do to reach that seven-figure mark. Michael Port gave us the model, or structure, for The Coaches Console. Regena Thornhauser gave me the feminine, personal development piece.

Then it was time for strategy and implementation.

How He Helped Us:

Bottom line: Justin took The Coaches Console to that seven-figure mark. Using four different strategies, he helped us scale to that million-dollar-mark more quickly than we would have on our own.

Why He Was Invaluable on My Journey:

Obviously, the fact that Justin gave us the strategies and the action plan to get to that seven-figure mark is priceless.

But that’s not why he was invaluable. Justin was invaluable because when he brought me the proposal for our work together, I almost choked on my lunch—the dollar amount he wanted to charge us was more than I’d ever paid for anything.

At first, I was like, “There is no effing way.”

Seriously.

I told him it just wasn’t possible; we just didn’t have that kind of money to invest.

He put together a video and told me the four ways he would show me how to get to seven figures. He said, “Here’s the strategy. You’re a smart woman and I know you can do this on your own. But you’ll do it faster with my help.”

And then he showed me the Return on Investment. It was huge. Our investment paled in comparison to hitting and busting through the seven-figure mark.

Then, he sat back and allowed me to make the choice.

And that’s where Justin was invaluable. In sitting back and allowing me to make the choice, he opened the space for me to shift my thinking.

I had the time and space to turn my definitive statement of, “I can’t afford this,” into a creative statement of, “How can I afford this?”

That spark of creativity allowed me to see beyond the immediate “no money” situation to the potential Return on Investment when new strategies brought in more money than I could imagine.

Instead of letting that kneejerk, “there’s no effing way” reaction stop me from growing, I realized the choice was mine.

Was I willing to change?

Because he laid out the plan, right there in front of me, and I saw the exact strategies—when I’d execute them, how much money each one would stand to create, and when I could expect to see that ROI—I realized that I could afford to invest. It was just a matter of navigating my business to manage my cash flow and make it happen.

And guess what? It worked. Because I asked myself those questions, Justin was able to help us grow to seven figures … fast.


In Conclusion …

Working with coaches has transformed my life, personally and professionally.

Because you’re a coach, you already know about the benefits of coaching. But what you may not realize is the huge ripple effect that happens when you coach someone effectively; the amazing impact it has on his or her life for years to come.

That’s why, over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be posting articles that focus on my coaches and what I learned through working with them. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, comment below:

How has your investment in working with a coach paid off? I’d love to hear about your ROI. What is something that you’ve implemented as a result of working with your coach that produced a significant return on your investment? How did it impact your life or business? And if you haven’t worked with a coach, tell me about how you’d like your investment to pay off, in your business.


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The Importance of Coaching: Regena Helped Me Evolve into the Woman I Needed to Be

The Importance of Coaching: Regena Helped Me Evolve into the Woman I Needed to Be

Part Four of Six

A coach can have a huge impact on the lives of his or her clients, and I certainly know that’s been the case for me. I’ve worked with five different coaches. I hired each one for a different reason, at a different time in my life and career.

That being said, the work I did with each coach built upon the work I’d done before. My results have been greater because at each step of the way, I’ve already laid the foundation for further growth and expansion.

Here’s a summary of my experience with my third coach:

The Coach:

Regena Thomashauer

Why I Hired Her:

I hired Regena because I knew I needed to evolve as a woman in order to cross the seven-figure mark in my business. It’s not about the millions; it’s about who you become on the way to making millions. The leader of a five-figure business is not the same person as the leader of a six-figure business. The leader of a six-figure business is not the same person as the leader of a seven-figure business.

How She Helped Me:

I knew my big business vision—to cross the seven-figure mark and to impact thousands—and I knew I needed to evolve on a personal level: intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and energetically.

I also knew that what got me to where I was before I hired Regena would not get me to where I wanted to be.

When I first enrolled with her—with the feminine-centered concept of personal development in mind—my husband asked me why I was signing up. He said I was already an amazing woman, and wondered why I needed this work.

He had a point: at the time (nine years ago), my life was a 10 out of 10. Every part of it was off-the-charts amazing. I was newly married. My coaching business was thriving. I was going on incredible adventures.

But here’s what I told him: I was afraid that if I didn’t pay attention, I’d start to take all that awesomeness for granted and it would fade. I didn’t want that to happen.

Regena had more knowledge than I did at the time about what it means to live fully as a woman in this world. I knew she could help me define my next level 10, for my life and my business. And that’s exactly what she did.

She expanded my knowledge and my capacity as a woman so I could continue to create the life beyond my wildest dreams. As my capacity grew—as a woman—so could my vision, mindset, and leadership as a business owner. They went hand in hand.

Regena gave me the tools and training to evolve with my business, in order to continue the growth I’d already created. This personal exploration was very much rooted in feminine energy.

Why She Was Invaluable on My Journey:

First, Regena taught me that people stop evolving when they focus on strategy but leave out personal development. That lesson is profound. It’s one of the biggest keys to success. 

In addition to that critical golden nugget of information, she gave me the tools and training necessary for me to become a woman capable and equipped to lead a seven-figure business, and be an inspiring leader for the team that makes all the magic happen. I can use those tools to continue to evolve over time—and that is invaluable.


In Conclusion …

Working with coaches has transformed my life, personally and professionally.

Because you’re a coach, you already know about the benefits of coaching. But what you may not realize is the huge ripple effect that happens when you coach someone effectively; the amazing impact it has on his or her life for years to come.

That’s why, over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be posting articles that focus on my coaches and what I learned through working with them. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, comment below:

Share a piece of personal development advice you’ve received as part of personal (or business) coaching. How did that advice shape your journey? If you’ve never had a coach, share a piece of advice you’ve heard from someone you consider a mentor, and how does that nugget of wisdom impact your life today?


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The Importance of Coaching: Michael Showed Me How to Turn My Plan into Reality

The Importance of Coaching: Michael Showed Me How to Turn My Plan into Reality

Part Three of Six.

A coach can have a huge impact on the lives of his or her clients, and I certainly know that’s been the case for me. I’ve worked with five different coaches. I hired each one for a different reason, at a different time in my life and career.

That being said, the work I did with each coach built upon the work I’d done before. My results have been greater because at each step of the way, I’ve already laid the foundation for further growth and expansion.

Here’s a summary of my experience with my second coach:

The Coach:

Michael Port

Why I Hired Him:

Kate Steinbacher (my friend, former coach, and business partner and co-founder of The Coaches Console) and I hired Michael because we were just starting out in The Coaches Console, and we needed clarity on what kind of business we actually had.

We were coaches, coaching others, and had only ever had a coaching business providing coaching services. Then, we launched our software and technology and offered that to coaches. Running a technology was a whole different model that required a different mindset and skillset. It was a whole different landscape, and we needed help getting clear on our business model.

We were the proud owners of a tech company—but we were coaches, not techies.

How He Helped Us:

Michael helped Kate and I get clear on our business model so we could grow it.

He helped us with visioning and business planning; more specifically, he guided us in the powerful process of figuring out which specific tasks we needed to complete in which areas to translate our business plan into reality.

Finally, he introduced us to our programmer, who eventually became our Chief Technology Officer.

Why He Was Invaluable on My Journey:

Michael was invaluable on my journey because he gave us the clarity we needed to identify what, specifically, we brought to the market, and how, specifically, to use it to reach our mission.

One of the greatest lessons Michael shared with me (and that still impacts my business and life 12 years later) was: “Become profoundly comfortable with the discomfort of being an entrepreneur.”

He coached Kate and I through what it really means to live as an entrepreneur: to be a leader and to show the way, to take risks, and to continually improve while creating the discipline to navigate yourself (with support) toward your dreams and goals.


In Conclusion …

Working with coaches has transformed my life, personally and professionally.

Because you’re a coach, you already know about the benefits of coaching. But what you may not realize is the huge ripple effect that happens when you coach someone effectively; the amazing impact it has on his or her life for years to come.

That’s why, over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be posting articles that focus on my coaches and what I learned through working with them. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, comment below:

When you worked with a coach, how did he or she help you overcome one of your biggest obstacles, and what impact did that have on your life as a result? Post below and let’s celebrate together! If you haven’t worked with a coach, post below and let me know how you could imagine a coach (as a guide, accountability partner, confidant, and trusted resource) helping you to overcome an obstacle you’re facing now. What would that mean for your life and business?


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The Importance of Coaching: Kate Gave Me Possibility, Accountability, and Encouragement

The Importance of Coaching: Kate Gave Me Possibility, Accountability, and Encouragement

Part Two of Six.

A coach can have a huge impact on the lives of his or her clients, and I certainly know that’s been the case for me. I’ve worked with five different coaches. I hired each one for a different reason, at a different time in my life and career.

That being said, the work I did with each coach built upon the work I’d done before. My results have been greater because at each step of the way, I’ve already laid the foundation for further growth and expansion.

Here’s a summary of my experience with my first coach:

The Coach:

Kate Steinbacher, co-founder of The Coaches Console

Why I Hired Her (Twice):

The first time: When I was still in Corporate America, I hired Kate—my ski buddy—as a life coach. Recently divorced, I was on my own—and for the first time in a long time, I had to figure out what I wanted. I felt like I had all the pieces to my life … but I didn’t know how to put them together. I felt uncertain and scrambled.

The second time: When I got fired, I knew I didn’t want another job. I wanted to pursue my hobby—coaching—and turn it into a business.

How She Helped Me:

The first time: Kate helped me put all those pieces together and discover that not only did I love coaching, but also that it is my zone of genius.

The second time: Kate helped me get clear on the pieces I needed to turn my hobby into a business, and then she gave me a sense of possibility—and accountability—to make it happen (and it didn’t hurt that she made it fun, too).

Why She Was Invaluable on My Journey:

Kate was and is valuable on my journey because she helped me get clear on the fact that I wanted to get unstuck and move forward with the mantra, “Go big or go home” … and on how to do that.

More than anything, though, Kate’s encouragement was and is invaluable. So often in pursuing the launch and growth of my business, I hit dead ends, encountered areas I didn’t know anything about, or felt like the whole thing was impossible.

In those dark moments, Kate’s coaching allowed me to quiet my doubts and fears so my courage was just one degree louder … loud enough for me to continue moving forward on my journey.

I’m confident that without her encouragement, I would have fallen prey to my fears and doubts. I would have given up, retreating to the safety of my comfort zone.

I’m also confident that if I had given up and had found another job, I would have loved it and I would have been happy (that’s just how I roll).

But through Kate’s coaching, I surpassed happy and made it to fulfilled, ecstatic and empowered about my business, my life, and myself as a woman. That’s way better than “happy”!

One of the lessons Kate taught me early on in my business and in my coaching was to never ask my clients to do anything I hadn’t done myself or wasn’t willing to do. This has been an integral part of my life and business, and helps me continue to walk my talk and practice what I preach 15 years later.


In Conclusion …

Working with coaches has transformed my life, personally and professionally.

Because you’re a coach, you already know about the benefits of coaching. But what you may not realize is the huge ripple effect that happens when you coach someone effectively; the amazing impact it has on his or her life for years to come.

That’s why, over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be posting articles that focus on my coaches and what I learned through working with them. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, comment below:

What was one valuable lesson you learned from your very first coach that still impacts your world today? And if you haven’t worked with a coach, that’s okay (for now). Post below about how you think a coach might be able to support you in reaching a goal or a dream you have for your life or business.


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The Importance of Coaching: Two Things I Never Go Without

The Importance of Coaching: Two Things I Never Go Without

Part One of Six.

As The Coaches Console business grows, so does the community (which I absolutely LOVE—only in my wildest dreams did I imagine building a community of amazing coach-preneurs passionate about changing the world!).

As more and more coaches join The Coaches Console family and I share parts of my story, I find that they’re curious about my own path—from being let go at my corporate job to becoming the co-founder of a business that’s getting the world coached one person at a time—while climbing steadily beyond seven figures.

As is my nature, I’ve spent some time thinking about the “how” behind the journey thus far, looking for a way to systemize it (you know by now that I LOVE systems, right?).

My thinking revealed an interesting pattern, which is that there are two things I never go without:

A mastermind

A coach


Mastermind

A mastermind is a community of like-minded and like-spirited people who are on a journey similar to yours. Masterminds meet regularly (in person or virtually) to share ideas about challenges, strategies, and wins.

In every mastermind experience I’ve had, I’ve found a safe, confidential place to show up not knowing, ask questions, research, and enjoy mutual support.

As a coach-preneur, you’re facing two distinct situations.

First, entrepreneurship can be lonely, because it’s akin to a personal development journey. In order to grow your business, you have to face your greatest fears, and conquer them. Having the support and understanding of a group of people who have completed—or are currently traveling—that same journey is invaluable.

Which brings me to my second point: as an entrepreneur offering your services to your community and your clients, you’re farther down the personal development path. Therefore, when you’re wearing your coach-preneur hat, you’re constantly in a leadership position.

However, when you join a mastermind, you become part of a group of people accustomed to being in that leadership position. Your fellow mastermind members are having experiences similar to yours. In this situation, then, you don’t always have to be the leader … you can learn and lead at the same time, and relax into the mastermind without worrying about whether you seem “polished” or “like you know what you’re talking about.”

In addition to the emotional benefits of joining a mastermind, there are skill-related benefits, too. Each member of a mastermind group brings unique skills and experiences to the table. Therefore, I am constantly learning—and sharing my own lessons.

The longer I’ve been in a mastermind group, the better results I’ve gotten in terms of new knowledge, emotional support, bigger goals and visions, and creative solutions. And did I mention friendship?

There’s nothing like a warm, nurturing group of people who believe in you to lift you up as you do the same for them.

And you know this! Because you’re a treasured member of The Coaches Console community, where brilliant, passionate coach-preneurs come together to share ideas, offer advice, and lift each other up!


Coach

The brilliant people in my mastermind group always give me great ideas and advice, and sometimes I need clarity on how to take what I learn and translate it to my business. The accountability is great, too.

Because I’m a coach, I place tremendous value on walking my walk.

I know coaching works. I know I need a coach, especially because I want to move as quickly as possible as I strive to make my vision—getting the whole world coached—a reality.

My own coaches have helped me:

  • Gain clarity about how to move forward from being divorced and fired to starting my own coaching business … in essence, by taking all the pieces of my life and put them together to figure out how to move forward.
  • Fine-tune the plan for my business so I could get unstuck when I hit a plateau and couldn’t get past a certain number of clients or a certain revenue point, no matter what I tried.
  • Become the person I needed to become to lead the business I wanted to create.
  • Understand the meaning behind the metrics and measurements in our business, and use those to adjust The Coaches Console business model so it could finally reach the seven-figure mark.
  • Develop confidence when navigating the management and growth of a multi-faceted company I’ve built so far, so it could become even more efficient and effective.

Overall, the five people I’ve hired as coaches have guided me toward greater clarity and efficiency, so I continue to grow and expand as I reach one goal and set another, bigger, brighter one.

They’ve helped me become a better version of myself, so I could create a better version of my business.


In Conclusion …

Participating in a mastermind group and working with coaches have revolutionized my life, personally and professionally.

Because you’re a coach, you already know about the benefits of coaching. But what you may not realize is the huge ripple effect that happens when you coach someone effectively: the amazing impact it has on his or her life for years to come.

That’s why, over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be posting articles that focus on each of my coaches and what I learned through working with them. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile, comment below:

Do you have your own coach? If so, what is one way he or she has impacted your life or business? I’d love to hear from you.


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