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Aug 30 2012

SUPPORT & ACCOUNTABILITY

Twenty years from now
 you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do
than by the ones you did do.
~Mark Twain

 My Client’s DilemmaAn idea forming in your head

One of my clients hired me because she had an idea for her business, but just wasn’t making the time in her day to something about it. She had been procrastinating for more than a year! She knew what she wanted the end result to be and had some idea of how to get there. When she asked me to coach her, she was very specific: one call a month, e-mail support, hold her accountable.

I agreed and our journey began. She soon discovered that our coaching was helping her work on more than her project. She learned about why she didn’t always stick to her action plan. She realized that in order for her to reach her goal, she needed to make a few other changes that would empower her. She realized that with my support and being held accountable, she was making progress!

Disappointed in Myself

Since working with her, I started thinking that she’s probably quite average in this area. I can totally relate and identify with her. When I think of all the ideas I’ve had in the past and not acted on them, I’m disappointed in myself. In 2006 when I returned from Japan, after living there for four years, I had a plan to write a book about my life there. Without encouragement, support or accountability, my plan never materialized! Seeing how people here are consumed with Japanese culture now, it makes me mad that I didn’t write that book! That’s just one example. I don’t have time to tell you about all the other ideas I’ve had or things I’ve started (and never finished).

We all have good ideas. We have good intentions. We know what we would like to achieve. We keep thinking about it. But …for some reason … we just don’t get around to it. We tell ourselves, “Some day I’m going to do it.” Some day never comes. Or we’ve started and gotten distracted or side-tracked. We’re having a difficult time getting re-focused.

Does this sound like you?

As you were reading, did you start thinking about something in your life you want to do, but just can’t seem to get started? Were you thinking about something you started awhile ago and would like to get back at? Perhaps you haven’t found the motivation; perhaps all you need is a bit of encouragement, support and accountability.

Inspired!

Inspired by my client who is making progress with her idea/project, I’ve decided to create a program for other people like her – to help them get started. This is a group program, which will offer lots of support, encouragement and accountability. It will be set up for success. Are you ready to focus on your project this fall? Then this program will be for you! I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, start thinking about what YOU would like to achieve this fall. Do you have a friend or know someone else who would want to be in a group like this? If you have suggestions or recommendations for this program, please leave a comment or email me.

 

 

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  1. Lester C. Fretz

    Hi Betty! “Good” 4 U.

    Obviously your coaching business is one idea which you got that has materialized and become productive. What I like about it is that you’re helping other people. Some businesses merely exist for the entrepreneur to make money. In fact, that’s why most businesses are started and they only continue if they’re profitable financially.

    You’re a good writer. You write short, pithy sentences, e.g I”I agreed with her and our journey began.” “We all have good ideas.” “We have good intentions”. Also, you use interrogative sentences effectively.

    Is this your blog or am I not into it?

    lester

    1. Betty

      Hi Lester,
      Thanks so much for your kind words. (Yes, this is my blog) Yes, my coaching business was a wonderful idea because I do like helping people and making a difference in their lives. Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. Roni

    Betty….amazing…..I just wrote about a change in our life that has been 20 years in the dream pile….and here I see your new blog has reference to 20 years! 🙂

    We can pretty much say it would have been at least another 20 years of wishing we had the courage to make the change of move away from this familiar life we’ve known for well over 25 years.

    If it wasn’t for the tools you taught us…..tools to organize our priorities, hubby and I still wouldn’t know how to
    ‘really-really’ talk to each other, how to focus or what it means to have accountability.

    Looking back on our coaching sessions, it would seem like we should have been able to figure it out on our own….and goodness knows we tried before our coaching.
    We were always hard on ourselves for not having had the know-how to make changes, move forward or make better decisions…..and that mindset actually paralyzed us.
    ……In no time at all you made us feel relaxed and assured us that what we felt was absolutely normal.
    You let us know that ‘all we know is all we know’. Well we haven’t looked back and the awareness of who we are and what drives us, still feels like Christmas everyday as we keep uncovering us and discovering more of life.

    We can’t thank you enough for helping us see past our short-sided visions and anxiety.

    Betty, you are so encouraging and we can’t stress enough how important your program will be to others.
    <3 We wish the same dreams come true for everyone. <3

    1. Betty

      Roni,
      Once again thank you for your kudos! YOU did all the work. I had the privilege of watching you grow and celebrating with you.

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