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Three life lessons from five years in business

On June 23, 2019, I celebrated five years in business as Daphne Valcin Coaching!

Over the past five years, I've been able to:

  • Surpass my highest paying job's highest monthly income in my monthly revenues

  • Have clients in 16 states along with China and the UK

  • Establish myself as a professional speaker, doing 2-3 paid speaking engagements per month now

  • Have 154 individuals register to be my clientsComplete over 1,000 hours of life, career, and business coaching

  • Gain corporate clients, developing new partnerships and contracts annually

  • Have clients grow their marriages, businesses, careers, confidence, productivity, organization, perspective, consciousness, and more...

As I mentioned to one of my newest clients the other day, I believe that to grow a business in a the most powerful way, one must commit to a journey of personal development and growth that should reflect in one's personal life as much as it does in business, so I wanted to share with you the top three things I've learned on my entrepreneurial journey that might be a blessing to you in whatever it is that you are pursuing in your own life, career, or business.

Here are the top 3 lessons I've learned in the past 5 years:

1. When our fear is greater than our motivation, our progress is stalled. When our motivation is greater than our fear, possibilities beyond our imaginations have the ability to thrive.

I remember being afraid to sell my services at the start of my business. When I didn't sell or promote my services, I had no new clients come in. My previous reputation of doing honorable work for others is what caused my first clients to sign up during those first few months of business. During that time, I would do an amazing coaching consultation and not let people know how they could work with me afterward. I was so afraid of judgment that I didn't give people the opportunity to continue experiencing life change beyond their consultation. Once I started providing people with that opportunity, they took it and my business grew. In the past, fear has prevented me from establishing positive friendships, or from asking for a promotion, or from leaving a negative situation, or from pursuing an opportunity to partner with individuals to grow my business. Once I pushed past fear, I had more speaking engagements and more clients. When I pushed past fear more, I thought up ideas to even further grow my marriage and to be a more empowered mom. To walk fully in our possibilities, we have to push past fear.

2. Your reputation and the reputation of those around you can impact your life in a major way.

Throughout the course of my business, regularly, someone reaches out to me that I haven't spoken to in years to inquire about using me as their coach. Not only that, but they've referred their mothers, daughters, siblings, and trusted friends and colleagues to me. I don't take that lightly. Even amidst my personal or professional imperfections, I've spent my life trying to do right by people just because I thought that was the right thing to do. I tried so hard to be an excellent employee, because I felt that was the right thing to do. And in trying to operate in a just manner, I am now reaping many rewards and blessings in my business. People around me who have inspired me, mentored me, or encouraged me in the past have also been able to connect me to amazing opportunities and referrals. We shouldn't give to get, but the older I get, the more I see that often those I've given to in the past have eventually blessed me back, whether it's through encouragement, prayer, or opportunities that are a blessing to my business or family. It's never too late to start building an amazing reputation, and the sooner you can do it, the sooner you'll be able to make the world a better place, be a blessing to someone else, and possibly even reap the rewards of receiving blessings in return. It's also been critical for me to be extra aware of being diligent in using my discernment for deciding whom I choose to work with, affiliate with, take on as a client, or connect to as a friend to ensure I'm intentional about who is in my circle.

3. Invest in those ideas, people, and experiences that can change your life.

I have had some life-changing experiences over these past few years. But I've had to be intentional about making them happen. I've had to stop and think to myself, what is it that I could do to take my life or business where I want it to go? That might have looked like traveling somewhere new locally, domestically, or abroad. That might have looked like attending a conference that I knew could be life-changing. That might have looked like trying out an idea for my business (or my marriage or parenting) that could have amazing results. That might look like reading a book or audiobook for business or for my personal development. One of my first business coaches is the reason why I was able to make my first substantial salary. Another business coach helped to re-ignite my passion and energy for business after having my second child. All of the small and big choices that I've made over the years in what I have chosen to invest my time or money in have resulted in great gains and a life that I'm excited about, even in the midst of my challenges. Those choices I make to persevere, innovate, grow, be energized, or even to pause or stop all are so meaningful. I've realized this time and time again in life and business.

Overall, it's been such an adventure over these past few years. I'm hoping you can glean from what I've learned to impact your own life, career, or business in an amazing way as well!

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