When I began my coaching business three years ago I was under the impression that as soon as I completed my website I would be set. People would find me. I would coach them. Life would be good.
Maybe this type of instant success works for some people. It didn’t work for me.
Instead, building my business has been a long term process. Each day, or at least each week, I lay down one more piece of my business.
Sometimes it’s something as little as sending a follow up email. Other times it’s a big thing, like redesigning my website.
Piece by piece. Brick by brick.
The foundation I have now built for my business is so much more solid than it was three years ago. I built it with stops and starts, with courage and persistence. And, of course, there’s still plenty more to build.
What I appreciate today is that the process of building anything worthwhile (like a business or a career) takes prolonged effort over time.
I know many of you are at the beginning stages of your career. You may be in the middle of a learning curve at a new job or in the middle of trying to figure out what job you want to do next.
At times you may feel discouraged that you’re not further along.
You may look at people who have been in your field for many years with envy.
It’s fine to want that success for yourself as well. Just realize that getting to where they are won’t happen overnight. It’s a process of building over time.
Look to the next small step in front of you. Try to do a good job at it.
Then pick up that next brick and lay it down too.
Over time all those little steps will add up to something pretty cool.