A few months ago I decided to change my business to specifically provide support for childless women.
Making the decision to change was the easy part. Then I was stuck. I knew where I wanted to go and why but I didn’t know how to get there, the best route to take and the speed to travel.
It felt to me like when I’ve started a river trip, obviously the destination is downstream, but I wouldn’t think of going on my own because there are too many potential hazards. I might get to the end, but not without incident, I’d probably have capsized a few times and been stuck on rocks.
So I decided that I needed a business guide and I’ve been working with the inspirational Karen Knott at Prime Time Business who has helped me along the sometimes tricky path to launching a new website and programme.
It made me think that, in life as well as in business, there are great reasons for having a guide. And some of them are:
1. A guide helps you to confirm your destination
This sounds obvious, but I know from experience that when you use a great goal setting technique you sometimes find that what you thought you wanted isn’t what you really want. On my last workshop one lady was working through the goal setting exercise and she now realises that the goal she thought she wanted isn’t what she wants. So how you would feel if you’d wasted time on a goal only to realise later that you want something else? A guide will ensure that you work towards a goal that you really want.
2. A guide knows the way
The guide has been there before, they know what you need to do to make progress, which rapids to steer round, which rocks to avoid, and what speed is best to travel. There have been times when I wanted to jump ahead, thinking I knew what was coming next and Karen has kept me focused, giving me tasks to do to ensure that I cover all the fundamentals. A great guide will lead you gently along the path.
3. A guide teaches you the skills you need for the journey
Initially I thought I had all the skills I needed for running a business. Turned out I didn’t! I’ve learned so many things along the way that I didn’t realise I didn’t know. Karen has also helped me to get fit for my business by boosting my confidence and commitment, and when I’ve been stuck she has helped me decide what baggage I need and what I can leave behind. A great guide knows how you need to be to succeed in your travels.
4. A guide keeps you focused on your destination.
A guide’s main aim is to get you to where you want to be and they will ensure that you keep on track, minimise distractions and stop you heading the wrong way. There have been times when I’ve drifted off course or got distracted and Karen has kept me on the right path, reminding me what it will mean when I reach my goal.
5. A guide knows what your success means to you
Sometimes what feels like a great success to you, feels like a very small step to those close to you. Your guide knows how hard you’ve worked to get there and what each step means so she will be there to celebrate with you.
So my question to you is, how would a guide help you to get to where you want to be?
These all sound like great reasons to me. They’re the first five I thought of, so if you would like to add more please do so.
I’d love to work with you, so I invite you to book a complimentary session via my online diary at and spend 20 to 30 minutes to get clarity on how we can work together to create a life you love. Alternatively email me at info@LesleyPyne.co.uk or look at www.LesleyPyne.co.uk for more details of how I can help you.