Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
Hello Wyse Coaching friends. This will be my last blog of the year. Before I start, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for following me this year, for checking out my thoughts, for sharing them with your network. Thank you for inquiring about my services, for your words of encouragement and support. I am truly amazed by what can come back to you if you just put yourself out there.
My last blog is more for me than it is for you. I have to be honest with you. Last year was trying. Late 2017 I decided to quit my job (not a good fit) and doubled down on my leadership training to become a certified coach. My thought was that becoming a coach would continue to help me develop as a leader and it would also give me the opportunity to put my money (literally) where my mouth is and try to create and market a brand from scratch. If that did not give me additional experience in marketing, then I don’t know what would. It was all part of the plan to get ready for my next opportunity.
A year into my adventure, it is hard not to focus on the negatives. All I can see is that I am not as far as I wanted to be. That there is still instability and uncertainty. That I get rejected much more than I get accepted. That there is still a long road ahead and I am not so sure where it will lead.
So… I am taking a page out of my own book. If I had a client that came to me with this outlook and asked me how to cope, how to keep going, what would I say? The first thing I would say is to look back. To look at what they have accomplished. What have they learned? In order to ensure that we can cope with our uncertain future, it is important to be reminded of your achievements. Because of that I am going full on “White Christmas” on you
“If you’re tired and you can’t sleep. Count your blessings instead of sheep. Then you’ll fall asleep, counting your blessings.”
Here is what I am thankful for and have achieved in 2018.
Becoming a Certified Coach
This year I became a certified coach by the International Coach Federation. That meant having over 100 hours of paid coaching sessions (up to over 300 hours now). I did that by hitting the pavement, having multiple talks where potential clients could get exposed to me, networked my but off, and worked hard on promoting my business through online and offline marketing. This is no small feat. I have had over 60 coaching clients this year alone. Not bad for someone who started from scratch.
Becoming a Certified Trainer
In addition to becoming a coach I also have become a certified trainer. As a trainer I have delivered over 20 seminars for over 100 people. I had trained before, but not to this capacity. I have now over 25 subjects I can deliver trainings in, including Leadership Skills, Time Management, and Soft Skills training. Becoming a trainer has allowed me to continue with my north star of partnering with people so that we can both achieve more and has also helped me grow my knowledge on various subjects.
Creating a Brand and Content from Scratch
Before November 6, 2017 there was no Wyse Coaching brand. There was no website. There were no service offerings. No ads. There were no coaching programs. There were no handouts. No Blogs. There were no business cards. I built it all from scratch. I now have a mailing list, a bi-weekly blog. I have been featured in podcasts. I became a columnist for the Trenton Trib, my local paper. I have grown my LinkedIn network by over 1000 people. In just one year, I have been able to have a clear brand, and a marketing strategy that is building my client base.
Investing in Strong Partnerships
I was also able to manifest partnerships that are making a difference for me. I became the resident coach of Bamboo Detroit (www.bamboodetroit.com) , a co-working space downtown. I have also joined In2Great (www.in2great.com) who has done some mesmerizing work utilizing The Predictive Index, a data analytics platform that helps solve people problems with data. I have also joined the ICF Michigan organization (www.icfmichigan.org) and it helped me continue to develop as a coach and build my coaching network. Being associated with them has led to not only work, but also development. Finally, I went back to my roots and started a non-profit organization supporting Brazilians in Michigan, The Brazilian Community of Michigan (www.bcmichigan.org). These four partnerships only came to fruition because I was curious, I asked questions, I got out of my comfort zone and took a chance. They are now the foundation of my work and I could not be more thankful to them.
So why am I humble bragging about all this shit? Well, the truth is that I need to be reminded of how much success I have had in 2018. Even though it was hard, and the road is still uncertain, I have to be proud of what I have accomplished. I need it to keep going. To keep looking for opportunities to grow, to partner, to achieve.
I hope that reading this does the same for you, because before I started writing this blog, I wasn’t all that crazy about my future, now I think that I just might have a chance.
Thanks for reading.
Andre Mello is a Business Coach and is hoping 2019 will bring some much needed stability. He has been in Marketing and Leadership for over 17 years. If you would like to connect with Andre, please visit www.wysecoaching.com.