Life Coaching Puzzled

In my early teens, a friend of mine and I came up with a business idea. It was essentially identical to what’s today known as Google Maps. The idea never took off because it needed a seed capital of around $20K which for young teenagers was a huge amount of money. Thinking back, I can’t help but wonder if I knew then what I know now about raising capital how things would’ve been different.

You go to an NLP training, a life coaching course or a motivational seminar and the general theme is that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. You just got to have what it takes! This I believe is absolutely true. However this isn’t the complete story.

Before you get all enthusiastic, start roaring loudly and bouncing off walls with excitement because you know you got what it takes to make your dream come true, there is a question you might want to ask yourself first.

Do you KNOW what it takes to make your dreams come true?

The reason my friend and I didn’t succeed in launching our business was because we didn’t really know what it took to make it happen. We were all excited, enthusiastic and ready to do whatever it takes. We just didn’t know exactly what it was!

Everyone who knew me as a young man knows that I was an F1 fanatic. And all I wanted to be was an F1 driver. After I learned my lesson from the first business venture that didn’t take off I set my mind on discovering what it entitles to become an F1 driver first. Following a moderate amount of research and finding out all about the gruelling physical regimes that the drivers have to live by, I knew that  this wasn’t for me. Yes, I voluntarily abandoned what I once thought was my biggest dream ever. This saved me a lot of trouble and heartache! I satisfactorily concluded that being an F1 driver isn’t for me and then happily moved on to something else that I knew I’d enjoy more.

So before you dive in head first in your new venture, here are some simple steps you can follow:

  1. Define your ultimate goal, the idea that gets you all excited and enthusiastic.
  2. Figure out what it takes to make it happen being it skills, resources, sacrifices etc.
  3. After collecting the facts, you now can decide whether this is something you really want to pursue.
  4. If not, have the courage to abandon it and move on to something you know you can commit to.
  5. If yes, great! Start working on it immediately and make it come true!

You see, when we think of rock stars, gold medal Olympians or billionaires we only see the end result. However many fail to estimate the magnitude of work these spectacular individuals put on the path to achieving such magnificent results. Once you figure out exactly what it takes to make it happen, you’re in a better position to make an informed decision on whether this is something for you, or not. And if you decide it is, chances are you’ll be more equipped to make it happen then.

Enthusiasm and great energy are essential requirements on your way to success, but they’re not enough. Before you dive in head first, educate yourself on what it takes to achieve your goals, research what is essential to make things happen and then once you decide this is for you, enthusiastically and excitedly get on track. And who knows, maybe you’ll end up being the creator of the next Google Maps!

Until next time,


Copyright (c) 2010 – NLP Trainer, Life coach London, life coaching London, RESULTS Coach, Performance Consultant

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  1. Afiq Hasan
    Afiq Hasan12-30-2010

    Tarek, if we want to achieve a goal and we know that the road is beyond our current capacity so in that case what can we do to make sure we transform ourselves mentally and physically to be able to acheive that goal? I am sure many people would love to know, otherwise for any goal that is outside your comfort zone needs stretching, so how can we stretch ourselves?

  2. Tarek

    Excellent question Afiq. The first thing to figure out is in what capacity and to what extent you want to stretch and transform yourself. This goes under what the article above talks about: find out exactly what you need to do to achieve your goals. Once that capacity is defined there are numerous tools that you can use to prepare your mind and body for a trip outside your comfort zone. NLP for example is one excellent tool.

    I hope this helps.


  3. Anna Goldstein
    Anna Goldstein01-27-2011

    Thinking big is great, however, taking small actions is what will create big results. Breaking big goals up into small steps will allow you to set realistic, achievable and measurable goals. Start small, end big. 🙂

  4. Florida Business Coach
    Florida Business Coach02-08-2011

    Hi. 1st this is interesting article.. But I think big goals require big planning. It is at that stage that the ultimate fate of the project is sealed. As a tall building needs a solid foundation, a huge project or objective needs some solid planning.

  5. Dernell

    I feel satisfied after reading that one.

  6. Geri

    Free info like this is an apple from the tree of knowledge. Sinful?

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