Have you ever asked yourself whether you are creating a business or transforming your life?
What are you looking for in your creative life? Are you looking to simmer ideas away slowly until they come to life one day in the future? Or are you completely committed and motivated to transform your life into the life you have always dreamed of? Do you dare to dream big?
Maybe you are in a 9-5 and are literally longing to leave your desk and do something you love, wherever and whenever you like. Maybe you’re a mum who wants to create a business that fits in with family life (like me). Maybe you already have a business as an illustrator, photographer, stylist, make-up artist, coach or yoga teacher and want to add new revenue streams or partner with like-minded brands. Or to find and grow your tribe online.
All of these things are more than setting up a business. Creative lifestyle businesses give us so much more.
If you’re yearning for more, to vision the future you desire and deserve and do things on your terms, then this is where a coach comes in. Because a great coach will examine where you are and where you want to be and help you uncover how to bridge that gap. And that my friends, is transformation.
1. Clarity brings quality
I don’t believe that success should come quickly. I believe whole-heartedly that slow, sustainable and fulfilling is where long-term business success grows out of. But I do see faster and greater growth in those who work with a coach.
I have spent a lot of time examining why, and for me one of the biggest reasons is that coaching gives us the time and space to get crystal clear on what our goals are, our mission and purpose, our brands and our message to the world. It’s a private and intimate space that good things come out of.
I see in the people I work with, that those businesses based on clarity and a laser-sharp vision of goals, purpose and mission have the most solid foundations.
If you are looking for some support and clarity in your creative purpose and mission, you might find it useful to download my free workbook “Finding Your North Star”.
2. The right coach will work with mindset
Every good coach knows that mindset matters.
I know that most of the women I work with struggle with it to varying degrees. We all have an amount of long-term self-doubt ingrained in our brains, some more than others.
In my twenty years experience in working with creatives, mindset is very often the gap between where they are and where they want to be. Even if self-doubt or negativity or overwhelm isn’t crippling, it can still niggle and raise it’s ugly head right when we don’t need it.
A good coach will give you tips and tools to deal with those things when they creep in.
They can send you pep talks, be available on email to offer encouragement right when you need it most.
Because sometimes, as humans, we just need to hear that there is space for us. That we are worth it. That we can, and should, do it.
3. You will dive deeper than you would on your own
I often find that it’s only when my coach, Jen Carrington, asks me the big questions that I really give myself the time and space to open my heart and answer them as who I really am. Not who I have been conditioned to be by my previous business life and experience, and not what I think other people would answer, but as the woman and creative I am today.
This can be life-affirming. Realising that who you really are is not just enough but that you are actually your own secret weapon is powerful.
Also, talking about how you feel as you go through the process is a kind of creative therapy. When you know you have that hour with someone, that they are never going to judge you, that they have loads of relevant experience and that they just get you (cue your lightbulb moment). All of these things give us the confidence to dive deeper and deeper into ourselves.
4. You are accountable to someone
One of the biggest and most practical benefits that coaching brings is to be accountable to someone. I know it’s true in my own business. I respect my coach Jen so much that I want to show up and do my best for her. I always want to do the best homework I can, for her and for me, and I always want to send my best work for her to review.
It’s having that buddy, that support, that person who is going to check-in with you to see where you are at that is going to drive you on a daily basis to keep on showing up and working towards your goals.
5. Mountain climbing is better with two
No matter what your business, realise that there we all have mountains to climb. There will be days when it feels tough, like too much of an upwards struggle. Days that you want to turn off your screen and give up. Moments when you doubt what it is you have achieved so far on your creative journey.
But what I find is that with those creatives who climb with their buddy are less likely to turn around and go home.
Because when things are tough, a really great creative business coach is going to help pick you up, to help you keep showing up when you don’t feel like it, and keep you motivated to reach that summit in front of you!
So the message here from me to you, is that even if you are lucky enough to have great support at home, or a business bestie who you can call on, the saying “it takes a village” is true. So if you are at that very exciting stage where you have a big dream or idea, I urge you to carve out a little bit of time just for yourself and work out how a coach might help you to make that big and beautiful dream happen.