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In today’s guest post Kathleen Gage invites you to become honest about your coaching business.

Your Success Is Directly Proportionate to Your Ability to Be Incredibly Honest With Yourself

by Kathleen Gage

"Your Success Is Directly Proportionate to Your Ability to Be Incredibly Honest With Yourself" by  Kathleen Gage

A few weeks ago I completed my first ever marathon. Crossing the finish line at the 26.2 mile marker was my gift to myself for my 61st birthday.

It’s likely I hold the distinction of being the last to cross the finish line for the 2015 Eugene Marathon and yet, as many of my friends and colleagues have said, “You finished.”

The challenge with believing finishing is as good as it gets is that I’m fooling myself to believe I did my best. Looking back I know I could have done a heck of a lot better.

Here’s why…

From the start, I hired a coach to work with me. My coach recommended a three prong approach to the process.

  • Power walk training
  • Healthy eating
  • Resistance training

It didn’t take but a few training days to notice the number of parallels in training and completing a marathon to running a business. I became keenly aware as to why many people barely reach their potential in virtually anything they attempt.

In order to be successful we have to be willing to get really honest about what we are and are not doing to reach our maximum potential.

We also have to have a multi-prong approach to what we do. In business this includes product/service creation, marketing and sales. There’s more than just these three, but for the sake of this post, I’ll use the comparison of product/service creation, marketing and sales.

In addition, we have to manage our self talk. You know the talk… it’s that part of us that tries to get us to quit or to say, “What in the world were you thinking?”

Although I completed the marathon, I can honestly say I could have done much better if I would have balanced the three prong approach my coach recommended.

From the start my primary focus was on training every day to improve my time and distance with power walking. Although I would occasionally eat the way my coach recommended, I wasn’t consistent. Nor was I consistent with the resistance training.

I wanted to do the “fun” stuff. How often do we see this in business? Entrepreneurs are often very creative individuals. We love coming up with ideas. We love mapping out those ideas, but more times than not the areas that are lacking are marketing and sales.

Entrepreneurs fool themselves into believing they are doing all they can to be the best at what they do, but fail to put as much effort into areas that may not be as much fun as the creation side of things.

One area that is crucial to our success is to have the clarity, energy and focus to get things done. Running a successful business is not just about creating ideas, it’s about implementation.

If we don’t have the energy for implementation we are shortchanging ourselves and our customers and clients.

One of the most immediate ways to improve our energy is to notice what we are putting into our bodies. It’s likely most people have heard, “Garbage in, garbage out.”

On the flip side, “Good stuff in, good stuff out.”

About Kathleen Gage

As an early adopter of online marketing, Kathleen Gage is known for cutting through the fluff and helping people leave their sob stories behind so they can stop focusing on the past and start looking towards the future. She speaks and teaches about what she believes are the core elements of a successful life: accountability, integrity, honesty, and living with passion and hope.

Although Kathleen Gage is best known for her no nonsense approach to life and business, when she’s not working with clients, creating information products, writing books or speaking on the platform, Kathleen can be found training for a marathon, walking her dogs, working in her many flower gardens, feeding her horses or playing a fierce game of cards.

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The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 24 of 2015:

Most RT'd quotes last week on @thecoachingblog

Each Thursday I share the most RT’d quote(s) from the blogs twitter account over the previous week. Last week the quote with the most RT’s was:

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”

(Andrew Carnegie)

Tweeted on 18th June

The quote with the next highest amount of RT’s was:

“Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.”

(Jackie Joyner-Kersee)

Tweeted on 17th June

thank you

Many thanks to everyone who shared the quotes above and the other quotes from last week. I know that there are various aspects that can influence if a quote attracts your attention – if you saw the tweet, personal style, if it speaks to something happening in your life at that moment etc.

Which quote do you prefer?

(For those of you as geeky as I am and wondering what tool I’m using to measure individual RT’s this week I’ve been playing with