Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Patience, Faith, and My Professional Journey
I am not, by nature, a patient person. However, I am finding this to be an essential quality as an entrepreneur building a coaching practice.
It takes patience to develop solid networking business relationships. It takes patience to allow folks to find their way to your blog and website. It takes patience to gather enough people to create a tele-class. It takes patience to build a strong foundation. All of this goes against an assumption I held when I first started my practice - the work you put into business development will be met with some kind of correlating result in the near future. Kind of like: if you do this, you'll get that. Yes, it was kind of naive, but I came from a non-profit world where I could measure project results in real-time and make conclusions as to whether the project was successful or not.
Now, I realize that developing my practice involves a kind of patience that emphasizes faithfulness. The actions that I am taking now to attract clients may only begin to yield results further in the future. It's not the easiest lesson for me to learn, but it is proving to be one of the most valuable.
So, as you build your professional network, develop your own influence and reputation, or find your true career purpose, remember it all takes time. Regardless of how hard it is, letting go of the NOW mentality can make a huge difference in how you approach your career development. It can keep you from giving up or giving in to the notion that your work doesn't have to be something you love.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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