“The Way we see the problem IS the problem” ~ Stephen Covey
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to make it and everything they touch turns to gold and others seems to fail or barely make it financially in pursuing their dreams?
I know I have.
But something magical happened more that 20 years ago that changed everything for me.
Let me explain this way…
Picture this for a moment.
Imagine what it would be like to be an Investor who wanted to purchase a football team with the hopes of making it into the Super Bowl.
Would any of those people help you to win the Super Bowl?
My guess is that you would say no it would be The Coach!
Correct? Of course you would!
One of the most costly mistakes I made at the beginning of my entrepreneurial endeavors that significantly delayed my own success and The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Make is going about trying to do things without help.
I was creating so many problems for myself.
It wasn’t until I read the quote above by Albert Einstein that things began to click for me.
And it is the same mistake I see business owners, entrepreneurs, and those wanting to be more successful in life and business make all the time. It’s the thinking that says “I can reach my goals on my own.”
We seem to take great pride in the fact that we are a DIY nation.
But the truth of the matter, if we will look honestly, is that there is absolutely nothing we have achieved without the help of someone else.
Be it learning to walk. It was our parents who encouraged us and helped us back up when we fell down.
Or when we began going to school our teachers and our parents helped us when we did not understand or got frustrated and wanted to throw in the towel.
No matter what it has been the help of people who came along and helped us up, gave us insight, taught us what we needed to learn, encouraged us.
The phrase “No man is an Island unto Himself” rings truer today than ever before as countless people are entering the business world looking to start businesses and change their financial situations. But they are making costly mistakes by not bringing on the expert guidance they need from a seasoned veteran in the industry.
Like myself I certainly did not want to fail, but as I shared with the Stephen Covey quote above “The Way we see the problem IS the problem” I could not see what I was doing wrong because my own thinking of how I saw the problem.
And what I thought I needed to do to get out of the problem was the same kind of thinking I was using to get into the problem in the first place.
It was not until someone came along with their brochure in the mail did the light finally click on.
She was my first coach.
I’ll never forget her.
She was both brilliant and beautiful.
Truthfully it was her physical beauty that got my attention. But it was the wisdom and insight that she had and how she dealt with me that captivated me to work with her long term.
One of the valuable skills I learned was that I needed to have someone else’s perspective on the situation and someone to hold me accountable to the results I wanted.
But it had to be done in a compassionate loving way that would encourage me.
The first test came when she shared how much I had to invest to work with her.
Deep down you can probably relate…at the time I really did not have the money. I was also scared and wondered what if I invest the money and it does not pay off?
We all do this right?
It’s like a primordial fear or something.
Admit it you do it too right?
Why is it that we are trained to not trust people?
From the time we are born our parents want to protect us from the damage and hurt, they went through. And sometimes they were burned. But the way they share it seems to create this image in our mind to run away.
So here I was faced with a beautiful stranger.
Would I run or would I take the leap and invest?
But she said another thing.
She basically helped me to see that to get to the next level of life I wanted, I had to elevate my thinking. I had to actually Think Differently than I was at my current level. To do that I would need help.
So I took a deep breath and said “Okay”
That was the next big step in my own personal growth.
I had invested in Tony Robbins seminars, began reading personal improvement books but never had I taken a step like this one. But it was the step that took me out of my comfort zone. Much like the still animation movie “A Way of Being” I was afraid to let go of my comfort zone.
But this single act expanded my life circle and helped me to go onto making my own successful coaching business. It was the smack on the head when they say “Wow I could have had a V8”
That’s when it hit me. “Wow, I could get farther, faster and higher with the help of a coach. I thought “Why didn’t I see this sooner?”
Since then I had one of the start-up founders of Direct TV be my coach for a period of time, Omar Periu became both a coach and a friend. Larry Thompson, the legendary motivator and secondary heartbeat of Herbalife helped me, and of course, as many know, my mentor Jim Rohn helped guide my thinking for years before he passed away.
Each one of them, including my parents, all contributed to my success and those who I had to pay hard earned dollars for propelled me even further because I did not want the investment to go to waste.
Over the years, I learned the value both personally and in coaching others. I’ve watched my own income go up as a result, my business grow and the ROI of my clients businesses grow to far exceed the investments we had made.
But are you still not convinced?
Well, check this out…
A study by The International Journal of Coaching in Organizations found over an 18-month study that concluded in 2007 stated:
From my own experience, both personally and those I have had the honor and privilege to advise coaching is by far the best investment you can make in yourself and shorten the path of success much faster.
And as you can see from the study… it can help you earn more income from taking that step of faith.
So imagine if you will that you want to become an Olympian skater, or a professional dancer, or world class tennis player.
Hiring a coach makes sense doesn’t it?
Of course it does.
Well, this is my advice to you.
1) Your life is way more important that going to the Olympics and winning Wimbledon. So take a step of faith and get a coach to help shorten your learning curve.
It can be for growing spiritually, having a better marriage or learning how to get your business on the internet correctly using internet marketing, and even improving your overall health and financial situation.
Get an advisor a coach that you can work with well.
2) Another key my mentors and coaches taught me over the years when it came down to money. I used to think. “Gosh I can’t afford that,” and as Larry Thompson said one day “Your Right” It took me a minute to compute but eventually I saw it. Whatever I told myself was the truth I would manifest.
So they eventually taught me to ask my brain. “How can I afford this?” That opened up my mind to new possibilities. It caused me to think. “How can I do this?”
Never ever let money be your god. It makes a horrible god and if you are saying well I don’t have the money, you are then allowing money to be the controlling factor or your god.
3) This brings me to a major key here that I must hit home is from another point my mentors and coaches taught me.
“The income you make is in direct proportion to the number of people you are helping and the value you bring to them.”
You are either providing a modest value helping a lot of people for a little bit, or you’re providing a huge value for a select few people that returns huge dividends.
Frank Kern, for example, earns $14,000 for a three days workshop per person from a few people, and recently $700,000+ from one client.
While others earn say $60,000 – $100,000 a year flying people all over the world in metal airplane tubes.
So if you want to earn more money you must increase your value and help more people, and the best way to do that is through the right kind of coaching.
Now here is where I encourage you to take a step of faith and try coaching for yourself.
There are many great coaches out there. And finding the right one is going to be key.
If you don’t have one then feel free to fill out my questionnaire and let’s see if we would be a good fit for one another. You’ll gain some valuable insights about yourself as well as begin to see the thinking that may be keeping you in the rut you are currently at.
Just go to http://bit.ly/AStepOfFaith
If you already have a coach it’s okay to have more than one. NFL football players have Financial Coaches, Health Coaches, and their primary Players coach.
If you have a coach take the questionnaire and let’s break bread together anyway as you will gain some tremendous insights. http://bit.ly/AStepOfFaith
Remember The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Make is failing to get the right help they need.
Learn from my mistakes and get help.
Until we met in person allow me to sign off by saying
Upward & Onward and Remember to Always Fly Right!
Roger Gauthier is CEO of Tri-Vision Global, Inc. and creator of the Entrepreneurs Pit Stop, an online resource center to help individuals become outstanding entrepreneurs that impact the community around them to make for a better world. He’s advised clients on how to follow their hearts for the last 20 years so they can thrive personally & in their businesses.
The Biggest Mistake Most Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Make
Biggest Mistakes Most Entrepreneurs Make