There’s an old and honored principle that states, “Everyone needs Paul, Barnabas and Timothy.” These three men perfectly illustrate the concept of coaching in life but their relationships can also be applied to business coaching.
Who Are Your Business Besties?
Barnabas is the one who walks beside you. He or she is your peer and your friend. This person may not have the same background or be building the same business as you. But they do have a goal or vision for their lives that’s similar to the one you have.
Many online business owners already have a Barnabas or two in their lives. These may be friends you made in a forum or Facebook group who also run online brands, too. Your Barnabas could also be someone you’ve met at an offline networking event and cultivated a deep friendship with.
Who Are You Teaching?
Timothy is the mentee. This is the person who isn’t on your level yet, so you’re coaching them. You may do this in an official capacity but most business owners quietly lead others in the background.
You may call your Timothy an intern, an apprentice, or student. Whatever word you prefer, your Timothy is the person you’re pouring time and energy into.
Who’s Growing You?
Paul is the coach who’s further ahead in their journey than you are. This person is challenging and growing you. You can bring questions, get feedback, and learn how to navigate a difficult season in your life.
Sometimes your Paul will coach you through gentle nudges and lots of encouragement. They may also hold your hand and walk you through difficult tasks like setting up your membership software.
But when needed, your Paul may also deliver a big kick in the rear. Your Paul won’t accept excuses because he or she doesn’t want to see your business stall for months or years while you “get around to it”.
Who’s Already in Your Life?
Look around at your relationships and ask yourself who you already have. You may have a Barnabas friend that relates to your struggles. You may have a newbie who needs direction and help.
Both of these relationships are important, but your coaching relationships aren’t complete if you don’t have a mentor of your own. You need someone more experienced who can teach you how to navigate your business.
Embracing these three relationships allows knowledge and wisdom to flow through you and your business from every angle. You need the cheerleading that comes from Barnabas, the teaching you pour into Timothy, and the insights that come from Paul.
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