Lost Then Found - Re-Finding my One Thing
Before I launched my business, I sat around daydreaming of what it would look like to write for a living and be self-employed. It seemed like a far-off idea, and I had no idea where to start. I spent hours reading tutorials, following inspirational blogs, and romanticizing about making a full time living on my own terms.
And I had no idea where to start.
My super supportive partner listened to my longings and then dug out an old book he had that was collecting dust on the shelf in the guest room closet. It was called "The One Thing" and is written by Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc.
In a nutshell, it talks about finding the One Thing you can do, at this moment, that will make everything easier later. I embraced the idea and began my entrepreneurial journey toward independence.
It started off great. My first clients were my friends who are business owners. I created a website, downloaded some business apps, and started working.
Then, two months later, my resources were tapped, and my clients dried-up. I didn't have any more work and was uncertain about how to approach potential clients that I don't know. I recalled "The One Thing" and tried to find out what that One Thing was that I was supposed to do. But I found that being immersed in my business made me a bit blind. I needed an outside perspective.
So I signed up for a seminar through my town's local free business association. I filled out the questionnaire and requested a ticket. A few days later, I received a phone call from them, and the woman on the line told me she didn't think that this information session was a match for my needs. So she put me in touch with a business coach.
Best. Thing. Ever.
After a 45 minute conversation on the phone with my new business coach, I had direction again. She helped me find that One Thing I needed to do to continue successfully on my journey.
I learned a huge lesson from this - that opening yourself up to others and being vulnerable and honest can help you see things a bit more clearly. I have always been one to try and do things on my own. But sometimes I really need that outside perspective to put me on a new, more productive path.
I'll let you know how it goes.