Hello everyone and welcome to another collaboration post.
This month’s blog post star guest is Christina. We connected together on Instagram through our love for affirmations, coaching and passion for empowering individuals to reach their goals. She has a lovely social media platform that helps new coaches to create and launch profitable online business – pretty cool!
Christina offers fun, practical coaching and business advice, and I can’t wait to delve deeper with it through my Q&A style blog. We hope this gives you a different approach to coaching and launching a business.
Please feel free to share with all your friends and family! Here we go…
So Christina, what was it that initially got you into coaching and launching your social media page?
I’ve always had a natural tendency to help others, I’ve done a lot of volunteer work and I like the feeling I get when I’m able to help people, that’s why I’m always positive and happy. Side note: I’m passionate about Positive Psychology and it’s scientifically proven that one of the ways we can increase our level of happiness is to do a daily random act of kindness, and I’m lucky enough to do it naturally.
On top of that, according to my Enneagram Test results I’m a “Helper” and according to my MBTI results I’m an ESTP, which means I have the Entrepreneur personality type.
I have a background in Marketing and have worked in International Business Development for more than a decade, so for me launching my business coaching practice was just a matter of putting 2 and 2 together.
As far as my social media page, that’s something I kinda had to do to market myself and since I have a degree in marketing and my thesis was about how to use social media to promote businesses and brands, again just a matter of putting two and two together 🙂
Can you tell us the different types of coaching experience you have had and how this has helped you?
Ok, I’ve worked with many coaches and some of them were great, whilst some of them were just in for the money.
I currently have an amazing relationship coach and a fantastic business coach because those are the two areas of my life where I want to grow the most.
I learned how to pick the right coach based on past experiences, as I mentioned, because unfortunately, the online world has given space and power to people with no experience and no integrity.
So now, I have to have a real connection with the coach before I can work with them.
And the same goes for my clients.
I work with people who I’ve been talking to for a some time online or in person who feel uber confident to work with me and have the best results because of the real connection we have.
What made you decide to help others with their online businesses?
Like I said, for me it was just a matter of putting two and two together based on my natural tendency to help others and my background in business and marketing.
I decided to help others succeed with their online businesses specifically because that’s the best way for me to reach more and more people and eventually make the world a happier place, which is my life purpose and mission.
As my clients thrive in their businesses it means that they can go ahead and help as many people as possible.
What has been your highlight of coaching?
Being able to live my life purpose. There’s NOTHING in the world more fulfilling than that.
What has been your biggest challenge as a coach?
Keep pushing through the beginning stage when you put all your efforts and you see no results. It takes a lot of optimism and that’s the reason why the majority of coaches give up in the first year.
How important is mindset and resilience as a coach?
Mindset and resilience is 80% of what it takes to be a good coach and a good entrepreneur.
I put a lot of emphasis on helping my clients create a strong mindset (in jergain we call it a Growth mindset) before we even get to the nitty gritty of building their business.
Is launching your own business as scary as it sounds?
The scariest part is taking THAT first step, but once you take that first step, everything else gets easier and easier.
And I’m not saying that entrepreneurship is easy, because it’s actually the opposite, being that it’s a rollercoaster of emotions.
What I’m saying is that the “scary” part is always the creation of the motion AKA taking that first step. If you create the motion and sustain the momentum, it gets easier because you start motivating yourself and are excited to see what’s next.
Building your ONLINE business, though can become extremely overwhelming, because of all the noise and the free information that you can find online.
And that’s the reason why the majority of new coaches gives up before even ditching their 9-5 or they go back to a 9-5 after trying on their own for a year or two.
Hence hiring a business coach who can show you the exact steps to easily follow, it’s crucial for the success of your online business.
And this is exactly what I do.
What would be some of your tips to get started with a new online business?
Get a certification to build your confidence, practice coaching for a while and hire a business coach.
This is the magic formula to do things the right way.
What a lot of people do instead is: get multiple certifications, focus on increasing their followers on social media, (before even knowing WHO their followers should be), building a website that talks about them instead of their clients and the results achieved, and trying on their own taking the wrong steps following the free info they find online until they’re so overwhelmed that they finally understand that they can’t do it without hiring a business coach that can show them how.
How can we know that we are on the right track with our business – are there any tell tell signs?
You’re on the right track when you hit your financial goals and when you make the impact you planned on making.
Finally, what would be your 3 top tips from a coach’s perspective for a successful online business lifestyle?
Always be grateful for what you have achieved and accomplished.
Keep pushing through the hardest times by focusing on WHY you started in the first place.
Delegate the things you have no time or no will to do if you don’t want your business to run your life.
Christina thank you so much for sharing your coaching story! I love it and really puts thing in perspective. It is all about taking the first step with everything! Yes it is going to be scary as it’s the fear of the unknown, but until you take the leap you’ll never know how amazing and resilient you really are. ❣️
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