Do You Feel Like You’re Not Living Up To Your Full Potential?
Are you an engineer who has broken off on your own, only to find the transition to entrepreneurship more difficult than you imagined? As you forge ahead as a small business owner or consultant, are you struggling to create the success that you had originally envisioned?
Perhaps you took this step because you felt called to something greater than tedious office work. But now, it might feel like you’re going through the motions, taking whatever business you can get, with little thought to whether it’s the kind of work you want. As your caseload stacks with routine projects, you may be haunted by the fact you’re not fully using your talents, that you could be accomplishing so much more.
As time goes on, an underlying feeling of dissatisfaction may be affecting everything from your productivity, to your ability to manage your team, to your close relationships, to your wellbeing and whole way of life. You wanted a flexible, dynamic and engaged lifestyle. You wanted to spend your time working toward a greater vision for yourself and the world. But instead, you just feel stuck.
At this point, you might be searching for a way to stop simply surviving and start thriving. But, you may not feel fully equipped to make big decisions or take strides forward. You may be looking for someone to hold you accountable and challenge you to take action toward the bigger, bolder version of yourself.
Many Engineers Struggle Out On Their Own
Chances are, if you’re an engineer who left the corporate sector to start a small business or consulting firm, you did it for the freedom to pursue your own ideas. You had a vision for the role you wanted to play in the world and the courage to take the first step on your own. But now, like so many other entrepreneurs, you’re likely realizing that a lot of work and commitment goes into building something from the ground up, and you may be feeling defeated and drained.
Professionals often venture out on their own with the Noah’s ark mentality: If you build a ship, they will come. But now that you’re standing in the flood waters, you may notice that things don’t biblically come together. It’s common to feel as though all of your hard work has been for nothing, and to question how much harder you can possibly push yourself. But, you might also know that you aren’t willing to drown.
As an engineer, you’re likely a left-brained type, meaning you may be incredibly good at problem solving. This also means you might lack the people skills necessary for promoting a business, managing employee relationships, leading your team, implementing meaningful changes and creating the clientele you want.
Even if these elements are not in your vocabulary right now, they can be learned.
By working with a career coach with an engineering degree, 12 years of industry experience and a decade of entrepreneur experience, you can learn the skills needed to follow your passion and cultivate the career you’ve been dreaming of. You can move from surviving to thriving.
Small Business Consulting Can Help Connect You To Your Greater Purpose
When you work with a career coach who understands the engineering landscape, it’s possible to clarify and pursue your mission and purpose, overcome what’s holding you back and focus your energy on what’s truly important. I am here to help you step into your greatness.
Together, we can toss around ideas, get really clear about what your larger vision is and create small, achievable goals that turn that vision into a reality. From there, you can immediately begin taking action and create something more than just a day job. You can fulfill your dreams. And, as you fill your time with passionate purpose, you can enjoy an overall lifestyle transformation that serves your relationships and sense of self.
But before you set off on a brand-new course toward entrepreneurial success, we need to identify the course you’re on now. If you’ve been getting lost on a bumpy, winding road, I can help steer you in the right direction and provide guidance through the more difficult spots. For example, maybe you’re struggling with communication skills, management issues, navigating risk or defeatist beliefs about your skills. Whatever it is, coaching can help you clarify what’s holding you back, as well as identify your strengths and aspects of your work that you enjoy. Then, you can plan actionable steps forward.
Throughout the entire coaching process, we work with a very realistic mindset, meaning we set goals that are achievable. Part of our work together deals with immediate action—what you can do to improve your circumstances in the here and now. Part of it is big picture work—where you see yourself 5–10 years from now, along with the “Big Why” lighting your way.
Everything we do in small business coaching is tailored to your strengths and overall vision. You can expect to walk away knowing where your talents lie and what motivates you to perform at your best. You can level up into a bigger, bolder you.
I’ve been doing this work for over a decade, and I am completely committed to coaching engineers. I’ve helped countless people engage their entrepreneur ideas and run satisfying, profitable small businesses. If you’re willing to engage in the coaching process and take action in your life, the possibilities are limitless.
You may still have questions or concerns about small business consulting…
Do I really need a coach? I feel like, with time, things are bound to work themselves out.
How much longer are you willing to hold back and continue to be unsatisfied? Why wait? Wouldn’t you like the opportunity to identify what’s making this so hard and learn what it takes to achieve your goals? With the right guidance, support and challenge, you can connect to the greater good that pulled you into private practice in the first place.
I thought that going out on my own would make me happy, but I’m still unhappy.
There are a lot of unexpected challenges that accompany engineering business management and turning your entrepreneur ideas into a profitable small business. It also takes a lot of courage to go out on your own and make things happen. By capitalizing on that nerve and grit, you can make your happiness happen, too. I can help you summon the strength to follow your purpose.
I’m overwhelmed with all my responsibilities. I’m not sure how to take action.
As a small business owner, you likely have a lot of stress in your life. You’re managing employees, marketing the business and a lot more. So, getting from point A to B is often not as simple as it seems. Similarly, as a consultant, you’re under the stress of gaining and retaining clients.
The good news that it’s possible to shine a light on areas that are driving your feelings of overwhelm. It’s possible to rearrange your priorities so that your greater focus is on elements of your work that drive your passion. Most importantly, you can find practical ways to reconnect with your vision for yourself and your world.