What do you do when you’ve got a great idea, you’ve implemented a fabulous plan, and you got great results, but it took more time, money or resources that you planned?

In the Creative Launch Cycle, the purpose for looking at your results is to evaluate where you are when it comes to reaching your objective.

(Angel Investor Evelyn Simpson talked about using money as a tool to see what you’re doing right and wrong in your business. Catch the replay of her talk in the Resource Library.)

As an entrepreneur looking to get more traction for your business, it can be easy to get discouraged when things don’t turn out the way you planned.

You might have sales in the pipeline that aren’t closing as fast as you mapped out in your financial plan.

You might have got a high valuation for your company and are ready to seek your first round of funding, but your CTO is no longer on board and you need to get a new one fast so you can complete your beta test and get your product to market.

Or perhaps you are poised to get a big sponsorship deal that will help put your product in front of hundreds of thousands of eyeballs, but the sponsoring company is dragging its feet.

If things are going great, but you want to optimize them, start asking better questions about what is possible.

Here’s a personal story of how I course-corrected after I realized my business model wasn’t working.

Watch this video if you’re at the stage in your business when you’ve got something that’s working, but you want to be able to scale it, or optimize it, or tweak your business model to get the same results faster, easier, helping more people.

Click here to watch the video

When you’ve implemented a great idea, and you’ve got the results you were after in terms of sales or users, but now it’s time to improve how you’re getting results, it is time to tweak and course-correct.

If you aren’t sure how to do that, join the Creative Impact Studio.

This is the community I founded and facilitate for people who are leading the companies and teams that are making our lives better.

Every week you will have the opportunity to join in live discussions, training and get mentored by me.

It’s free to join, but you need an invitation.

Here’s yours

This May Be Why You’re Letting Yourself Be Confused

by Tara Agacayak on September 18, 2017

Around this time last year, I was finishing up my coaching practicum.

Or, more truthful to say, I had 53 hours of a 100 hour practicum left to complete.

I wasn’t finishing it up, I was watching the deadline roll in and paralyzed with fear that I wouldn’t be able to complete it.

“There’s not enough time,” I told myself.

“There’s no way I can do this,” I believed.

I’d spent half the year doing the 30 hours of free coaching plus 17 hours of paid coaching and I needed 53 more paid hours.

In this practicum, we were not only developing our coaching skills, but our selling skills.

And it had been a rough year.

There had been a number of violent attacks in Istanbul, my husband and I had suffered a traumatic personal loss on our journey to become parents, and before we’d even had the opportunity to mourn that loss, Turkey experienced a coup attempt that disrupted our daily lives.

I mean, if anyone had an excuse … I mean a reason not to follow through on her commitment, it was me!

Look at all the trauma and loss in my life!

Look at everything I was dealing with!

And then, I attended a coaching conference and got mentorship to help me see a new possibility.

That there was enough time to complete my hours – When I saw a different strategy.

What I was doing wasn’t working because it wasn’t the right strategy for the situation I was in.

No wonder I thought it wasn’t possible, I had the wrong strategy.

But the truth is really what was under the “wrong” strategy.

The truth is I was in a new situation and was uncertain about how to overcome the challenge I was facing.

The uncertainty led me to feel fear.

And giving in to the fear allowed me to use my circumstances as excuses not to find bigger solutions.

I told my husband I wanted to quit, it was too much pressure (especially given all that I’d been through!)

I told my parents I was under so much stress that I couldn’t eat.

I told myself that I didn’t really want to be a coach that badly.

None of that was the truth.

The truth is that I did want to be a coach.

I loved working with people in this way.

Coaching brought together all my skills, gifts, and life experiences – it made me feel connected to my purpose.

It gave me great joy use my talents to help other people in their lives and careers.

But the fear was overwhelming.

And I let it overcome my desire.

Until I got angry.

I got angry at myself – that I was going to allow all these excuses to derail me from my dream; from finishing what I’d started.

I’d invested a lot of time, a lot of money, and a lot of effort to get halfway through the program.

And with all I’d been through – especially given what I’d been through – I wasn’t about to waste that by walking away without a coaching certification.

And once I got angry, and I got into action.

I started seeing new possibilities.

I started taking better care of myself so I could serve my clients better.

I got better at having sales conversations.

I got better at asking for help.

I got better at coaching.

I got more resourceful, more focused, and more determined.

And when the fear came up, I got better at recognizing it so I could address it.

Graduating for me became a non-negotiable goal, and when that happened, I became the person who was willing to let her desire outweigh her fear.

And I graduated!

It was extremely satisfying and rewarding and I know now that making a goal a MUST instead of a wish, hope or dream is what it takes to overcome the obstacles I put up in front of me.

And those obstacles are often just masking the truth underneath.

They look like excuses.

They look like being busy.

They look like being overwhelmed.

They look like confusion.

They look like chaos.

They look like illness.

They look like helping everyone else but yourself.

And what is underneath – the truth underneath all of that – is the key to your freedom.

I was reminded of this today when a new client thanked me for our conversation about the next steps she would like to take in her career.

What she truly, truly desired was stability and consistency in a profession that glamorizes something more bohemian and wild.

Everyone else was telling her what she should do, but none of it matched what she truly wanted, and until we were able to dig through the confusion and get to her truth, she remained confused.

I invite you to bring into your awareness the places where you are allowing yourself to make excuses, get busy, be overwhelmed, confused, sick, or keep putting other people first and ask if this is really the truth, or if it is masking something underneath that deserves deeper examination to see.

Once you see what is truly there, you will relax.

As my wise mentor said to me this week, “people relax when the truth is spoken”.

I hope this has helped you today.

If so, join me in the Creative Impact Studio, where you can get personalized coaching support weekly during live office hours, click the link below. 

It’s free to join, but you need an invitation.

Here’s yours: Click here to get your invitation to the free group now

Money Is a Reward for Serving Others

Two years ago when I got my Reiki certification, my teacher explained a number of principles of energy healing to me. “First of all,” she said, “you do not do the healing. The healing comes through you. You are not the source, but the channel.” “And as such, you do not get drained of energy […]

Read the full article →

Today you are invited

Today, you are invited to slow down and get quiet. To hear yourself breathe in and out. To feel the soft, sweet beating of your beautiful heart. You are invited to contemplate the tranquil waters of the sea and the gentle breeze that curls though the trees. Today you are welcome to sit still and […]

Read the full article →

When Leaders Get Lost

Here’s a story about navigating – and getting lost – in the wilderness. My step-dad was an experienced backpacker and would lead two, sometimes three families out into the high sierras for a week of backpacking. It’s a lot of responsibility, getting people prepared to survive out in the elements, not to mention families with […]

Read the full article →

Leaving things better than you found them

My parents divorced when I was quite young – about three, and my mom remarried my step dad a few years later. By the time I was seven years old, my dad was taking us on back-packing trips into the high sierras. At first I hated it – carrying the heavy back packs, no tv, […]

Read the full article →

How to attract the people who will help you build and grow your business

One of the top questions I get from entrepreneurs and people in the early stages of building their businesses is: how can I find more people who will buy from me? Finding more of your “right people” whether they are clients, customers, users, partners or others who will help you grow your business is a […]

Read the full article →

How can you be certain?

People often ask me how I had the courage to move from my home town in San Jose, California to a small town in Turkey. It’s a love story, but it almost didn’t happen. I was engaged to marry a tall, dark, handsome Turk that I’d met in graduate school, and I was in a […]

Read the full article →

Are you betting on yourself to fail?

Last week someone in the Creative Impact Studio community asked about startup funding, so I used that to start a discussion on startup funding, asking how other women in the community have funded the startup of their companies. Community members have mentioned a number of different options including: Bank loans Private investors Venture capital Credit […]

Read the full article →

Why a leader needs to have vision

As found and facilitator of the Creative Impact Studio, I interact with women leaders every day. I speak to women leading companies, teams and movements that are making our lives better through products, services, apps, books, films, programs and ideas that they are bringing into reality to improve the way we live. When someone approaches […]

Read the full article →