Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable – but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being ‘alone’: You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I’m talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are.
Sam Cummings said that the higher you climb up the mountain, the stronger the wind blows. This analogy is so pertinent to the business environment where responsibilities mount and decisions made are the differentiating factor that breeds success. Any business owner will tell you that there are very lonely moments, lonely days, and lonely months. This is the unfortunate reality to working for yourself.
One of the biggest challenges that business owners face is the sense that no one understands what they’re going through. And they’re right. Except for other business owners who have walked the same path before them. This is the advantage that a professional business coach brings to the party. By having lived a similar experience, the business coach can both identify and perform the role of an invaluable sounding board to the business owner.
Plato held that thinking is the soul talking to itself. Sometimes the soul needs to share those thoughts so that perspective can be gained. By talking to someone who speaks the same language, emotions are sorted, thoughts are logically sequenced, and actions are built with intention. Talking to someone is not just about talking, it’s about creating the kind of work life that you want and your business needs.