I DID IT! I wrote a blog and posted it!!!
I am day two into this and I am both excited and nervous.
Starting something new is always scary. Even more so as you get older, what if I fail, what if no one supports it, what if....
So, for those of you who haven't stayed up to date on my crazy life looking back over the past couple years.
At the end of 2017, I knew I wanted to start something new, something that was mine. I had been consulting for a few small companies, doing accounting, payroll, back office operations, but I did not find it fulfilling, and helping with the family businesses which Daryl runs.
I started looking online for some guidance and direction. I have always been a student at heart. I love to research new things, taking my continuing education classes to maintain my CPA license, etc. There is always something new to learn.
In December 2017, I took a Forensic Accounting Seminar and the instructor was very engaging. She loved her topic and did a great job of presenting the material. Just for the record, engaging isn't what you normally find in an accounting seminar. After the class, I end up talking to her and she tells me I should check out Brendon Burchard. She had just come from one of his seminars and spoke very highly of him and his material, specifically his book, "High Performance Habits."
I don't know about you, but books are like shoes to me. I am pretty sure I have never walked out a book or shoe store with just one of either. I do not know who coined the phrase "Shelf Help" but I got a lot of it! I have started so many books and typically just do not get to the end of them. Maybe this time will be different.
"High Performance Habits" by Brendon Burchard, I cannot say I "read" the entire book; however, I can say, I "read" most of it, and have listened to all of it at least 3 times. Best deal ever, I was able to get the book, for free (I had to pay shipping) via www.brendon.com and then I got access to the audio book to download for free! WooHoo! Now you are talking! No bookstore required.
This is where it all started.
Phase One: I had to get Daryl's buy-in. When you already have a family business (or several) it is important to try and stay on the same page, or at least in the same playbook. For those who do not know us, Daryl is the sales guy and I am the geeky accountant. Daryl is the dreamer; I am the realist. We complement each other perfectly (cough, cough) most of the time. There is no way I can pull off Rah! Rah! self-improvement stuff if he doesn't buy into it. I started sending Daryl podcasts of Brendon, strategic ones, I knew he would like. When we were in the car together, I would play the audio book. Daryl is as much as a self-help person as I am.
A few months later, I started getting calls from the "Brendon" people. I might be interested in signing up for a High Performance Coach. Yep, of course I would, but only if they would take Daryl and I as a team. Of course, they figured a way to do it, and I have the buy-in I was looking for.
Phase two: "Hey, Daryl, let's go to High Performance Academy! We have discounted tickets through our coaching program." September 2018, we headed to Phoenix, AZ for HPA! Neither of us really knew what we had gotten ourselves into, however, if it meant it got me away for home (and the dealership, more on that another time), I was all in.
HPA was amazing. An opportunity to step back look at where I was, where we were, and start a plan to move forward. I signed up at HPA to get Certified as a High Performance Coach. By this time, we had been working with ours for about 4 months, and I knew, I could do what she was doing for us, for others.
Certified High Performance Coaches (CHPC's) are like personal trainers at the gym. You know how to lift weights, do your cardio, or at least you like to think you do. However, do you really do all you know you should do? Of course not, that is why you hire a personal trainer. CHPC's are like personal trainers that focus on your entire life, the big picture. Teaching you a set of skills that you can apply anywhere in your life. And in some cases, remind you of what you already know and just are not doing.
In May 2019, I became a Certified High Performance Coach.