Many people dream of starting their own business and becoming their own boss, but the idea of taking that leap can be daunting. That's where a coach can come in handy. 

In this episode of Starting a Business Simplified, Suzy interviews Freedom Mentor Jackie Cote, to delve deeper into the topic of coaching and overcoming limiting beliefs.

The Importance of Hiring a Coach

One of the main themes for this episode is the importance of hiring a coach. Jackie recommends that hiring a coach is the first step in personal and business growth. However, she also emphasizes the importance of picking the right coach to avoid getting a bad experience.

Jackie explains that a coach can help us see what we cannot, and that is our blind spots. They can help us understand our strengths and how we can leverage those strengths to create a successful business. She even jokes that coaches help us read the label on the jar we cannot.

A coach is not just a support system. Jackie explains that a coach should be challenging us to break through limiting beliefs and push ourselves beyond what we thought was possible. A good coach will hold us accountable, and challenge us to grow and be our best selves.

Continued Learning and Progression

Another important aspect of starting a business and entrepreneurship is the need for continued learning and progression. Jackie stresses that even as successful business owners, we should continue to invest in ourselves and our business.

To remain relevant in an ever-changing business landscape, we need to be aware of the latest trends and developments, maintain a learning mindset, and be open to new opportunities. The truth is, none of us know everything. There is always something new to learn, skills to acquire, and ways to improve.

The Importance of Internal Work

Jackie emphasizes the importance of doing internal work as a business owner and entrepreneur. Investing in ourselves also means taking the time to understand our own beliefs, values, and motivations. It's essential to do the inner work necessary to become aware of our limiting beliefs and replace them with more empowering ones.

She shares how she struggled with limiting beliefs around hiring a coach because she believed she had to make money first before seeking help. However, she realized that this belief was holding her back and decided to hire a coach to bring her passion for business into her health coaching work.

The Bridge of Incidents

Jackie talks about the concept of the "bridge of incidents" where the universe aligns everything for us when we put out our desires. And to make the most of this, we have to do the internal work to identify our desires and be open to the ways they may manifest. Once we become aware of our desires and commit to them, the universe has a way of working things out to help us achieve them.

Embracing Our Unique Qualities

Another significant theme in this episode is the importance of embracing our unique qualities. Jackie notes that we all have something unique to offer the world. We all have our gifts, our experiences, and our unique way of impacting the world.

She advises that we use these unique qualities to powerfully change the world. She recommends taking what aligns with us from various sources and using it to create our unique selves. This way, we can create our own way of doing things and bring our authentic selves to the work we do.

From Employee to Entrepreneur

Jackie shares her story of transitioning from being an employee to being an entrepreneur. She says that this transition requires a mindset shift and investment in oneself and one's business, similar to investing in a brick-and-mortar restaurant or building.

She believes that investing in a coach or schooling is an investment in oneself, leading to a shift in energy and becoming the powerful entrepreneur one is meant to be. Before focusing on the outer aspects of the business, it's essential to do inner work and invest in oneself.

Bet on Yourself

One of Jackie's most powerful pieces of advice is to bet on yourself. She says that everyone has their own unique way of impacting the world based on their experiences and gifts. She encourages people to embrace and own their true selves.

Jackie sold her house to lower her expenses and invest more in her business. She was given permission by someone to not be hired and to bet on herself. 

She took six months off to travel and experience a life of freedom, taking risks by spending money on trips that were not bringing in income. This experience solidified her desire to continue building her business and investing in herself.

Without the permission to bet on herself and take time off to travel, she wouldn't be where she is today. Jackie encourages people not to wait to turn their desired freedom life into reality and cites examples of people who have successfully flipped their lives, even in their 60s.

Final Thoughts

Starting a business can be scary, but with the right mindset and support, it is possible. Hiring a coach, investing in oneself, and doing the internal work necessary to overcome limiting beliefs are all essential aspects of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

We need to embrace our unique qualities, invest in ourselves, and bet on ourselves to create the lives we desire. It's a journey of continued learning, progression, and open-mindedness to take advantage of the opportunities that the universe presents.

In conclusion, starting a business can be challenging, but with the right mindset, support, and investment in oneself, it can be a life-changing experience. So bet on yourself and take the first step towards your entrepreneurial journey.

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