Invest In Yourself!
I have both learnt and observed over the years the importance of ‘investing in yourself.’ Personal Development is great but to become your very best will require the support of others at some point.
The thing about investment, is although there is often a price. ‘Free‘ and ‘Frugal’ do not a business make for everyone🤣 They are both crippling attitudes, if this your mindset for life and yourself. ‘A poverty mindset’ is a term you may not have heard of before, but it is used and taught on in church (Well the churches I have attended over the years🤣).
A mindset based on fear and limitation can become a mental prison that impairs you from moving forward, because what’s ahead is not easy, costs a fair bit of money, requires a lot of time, means giving up personal fun or luxuries. The unwillingness to move past such negative thought patterns brings about one outcome ‘poverty’ – a constant living in mental, and to a certain extent, physical lack.
‘Free‘ does not give you access to the best all the time, and any one in business knows ‘free’ may be a way to attract a customer, but you cannot run a profitable business on ‘Free.’ You must know what your service or product is worth, and price it accordingly, in the relevant market with the expectation of attracting the right customer. Boutiques are not found on the corner of local streets. A prestigious car franchise is found where wealth is common. Likewise, a pound store will be based where shoppers will benefit from the choice of, everything for a £1 or set at a cheap or discounted price point.
When it comes to investing in yourself, I think there needs to be an openness to consider options that may challenge you financially but have the potential to move you into a better place, either as a person or for your business.
Coaches and Mentors
I have benefited from both of these in my life. Both are very different in their roles, and I have learnt over the years that people do not always understand the difference between the two.
A Coach is a role that most people associate with sport. But over the past twenty years the Coaching Profession has become more defined outside of sports world and there are all kinds of specialist coaches today. From health to spiritual, Mindset to Business. To become a qualified or a Certified Coach requires study and there are a number of training companies. The better ones are also connected or affiliated with acreditation companies such as ICF (The International Coaching Federation). A Coach will work with where you are now and where you want to get to. Understanding, that the answers are already inside you, and they just need to be unlocked by you!
A few key types are:-
Personal Performance/Life Coach – This type of Coach can look at topics that impact an individual from most aspects of a person’s life with the aim of supporting them to move forward. However, a Coach is not a Counsellor. They are not there to delve into emotional historical trauma. So a Coach will not work for everyone. That’s why it’s important to have a discovery session first in order to ascertain whether a Coach is for you or not?
Executive Coach – These Coaches work with Executives in the corporate world in order to bring out the best in the individual or the best in their leadership teams in their business. This is a niche market with understood specifics and clear frameworks.
Business Coach – whether you are just starting a business, see yourself as a small business or you run a large corporation. There are Business Coaches that cover all types of business. Once again working with individuals or teams with the aim of progressing and improving your outcomes.
Educational Coach – Specialising once again in a niche area, this type of Coach will understand the educational system and those that work within it.
NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming – You can train to become a Pratitioner or Master in this field of this type of coaching. As the name indicates, this type of Coach works with a focus on the brain and how it works in establishing thought patterns in order to establish behaviours. Therefore, to change behaviour – requires changing mindsets.
Neurology – The mind and how we think
Linguistics – How we use language and how it affects us.
Programming – How we sequence our actions to achieve our goals.
Coaching brings its benefits so much so I fell in love with it and became one.
Mentoring consists of a long-term relationship focused on supporting the growth and development of the mentee or protogè. A Professional Mentor becomes a source of wisdom, bringing teaching, and support, to the individual, specialising in a specific area of expertise. For example your Mentor has been in business for a number of years and now has a multi million turn over. Has always been an entrepreneur – things you desire for yourself, so you may seek them out for yourself or they may have spotted you.
The other type of Mentor could be a Spiritual Mentor. This is a more holistic relationship. Once again, it’s about the mentee or protegè’s development. But now from a spiritual perspective. Taking into account their faith and their aspirations etc. This type of Mentor does not necessarily have to specialise in a specific field. This is a more complicated relationship and moves beyond money.
I would say not everyone will be looking or needing such a Mentor. But if you do, I think you will know? Because such a need comes from a deep place and it’s not a simple black and white situation. Therefore, it’s not easy to explain. Once again I have also had a Spiritual Mentor for a time in my life and I both learnt and grew a lot from it.
So don’t be afraid to invest in yourself. Seek the benefits of having a Coach or Mentor if that is what you need? But equally if you have been thinking of becoming a coach, then go for it! You could be just what someone is waiting for! 🤩
Until my next post, be the change you want to see,
Gloria – Aquene7
Posted on November 25, 2020, in Inspirational, Motivational and tagged Coaching, Dreams, Goals, Inspirational, Investment, Life Coach, Mentoring, Motivational, NLP, Personal development. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.