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Committing to the Next Level

Last week I wrote one of the biggest checks of my life. It wasn’t for a piece of real estate, a vehicle, or for what most people would call “fun” (although this will be fun to me!); it was a check to help my business grow in new and exciting directions. And it was to help me to grow in new and exciting directions.

Typically, I’m a decisive person who acts on my strong gut reactions. Within 30 minutes of talking with my platinum (now diamond!) level coach, I was sure I wanted to move to this level of commitment.

Yet when it came time to send off my check, to committing, I hemmed and hawed all morning. “Am I really ready for this level? Will it be too much for me or my family? Do I have what it takes to run at this level?” Bottom line is I was just plain scared. And that’s when I knew I was doing the right thing.

Fear is often a sign that we are about to make a breakthrough. Think of a time when you were afraid of doing something… then did it anyway. It might be your first piano recital as a child, or the first time you spoke in front of your peers, or the first time you made a significant investment in infrastructure for your business.

How did you feel afterwards? You probably felt like you could conquer the world! Once you’ve taken that step, there is no turning back. Your world is more expansive and you have more opportunities. There is one more thing about which you can say “I’ve done that”, and nothing can take that away.

My own Diamond Level Coaching Program doesn’t begin for a couple of months but my business has already started to shift. I have been more critical of my time usage and more decisive. The financial commitment is only a symbol of my bigger commitment to my Self – and by extension, my business and my clients.

That’s a commitment I am not willing to back out on. – Helen Dutton, Business Coach


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Helen Dutton, A Vision of Your Own, has provided business and personal coaching for small business owners since 2000, providing online and face to face coaching for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-up businesses as well as established businesses across the country. Clients come from New Hampshire, her home state, but she has also acted as a mentor to business owners in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Denver area, and closer to home in the Boston area. Helen helps her clients develop their small business ideas, create marketing plans, improve operation efficiency, build customer service systems, build management and leadership skills, and develop confidence as a business owner. Helen provides business tips and resources through her blog and her newsletter, where you can also find business templates to help your business prosper.