She had it bad.
Some call it Entrepreneurial ADHD. Common symptoms include non-stop ideation, indecision about which idea to pursue, and never taking any sustained action on any of them.
She wanted to write a book, teach yoga, record an album, host a podcast, become a sought-after speaker …
During our coaching call, I helped her to understand that her brain was running in five different directions at the same time and not getting her anywhere.
This is uber-common with entrepreneurs. So many ideas, so little action. Sustained action seldom gets going until we appreciate the fact that there is no cure for Entrepreneurial ADHD; it can only be managed.
When we can’t manage our ideas on our own, the next best thing is to hire ourselves a manager. To get a coach.
As Les Brown once said, you can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame.
The golfer can’t see the hitch in his swing. The health coach is so smart, she can’t hear herself talk over the client’s head. No matter how hard he looks, the business owner doesn’t see which unnecessary expenses are draining cash. But a coach can.
As Dr. Atul Gawande says on today’s QOD episode, everybody needs a coach.
Even the most successful people in the world have coaches — an extra set of eyeballs, a perspective from outside of the frame, words of wisdom from someone who’s done it before, someone to help manage a dozen ideas and get you started on one.
For our author-yogi-singer-podcaster-speaker friend, a single hour of coaching fast-forwarded her progress by at least a couple of years. That’s what coaching does.
It’s seldom cheap, I know. (And if it’s cheap, the coaching probably isn’t that great anyway.) But you can’t put a price on peace of mind, the time it takes to figure it out on your own, and the power of accountability.
So, get a coach. And listen to today’s episode with Dr. Gawande. It’s pretty awesome.