Jo Thomson says it’s important to “to take chances and get uncomfortable” when working towards achieving a goal. Jo was a midwife for a number of years before leaving this industry to focus on her passion, personal coaching. A move from the Central Coast, N.S.W to Onkaparinga Hills, SA in January was the start of an eventful year for Jo – here’s the rest of her story…
1. Tell us your story:
I quit my job of 14 years as a Midwife to concentrate on my Personal Success coaching business. I also moved from the Central Coast, NSW to Adelaide. As a single mother for 18 years, I hope to help other mums boost their self-esteem and recently created a 60 Day Self-Esteem program.
2. How did you identify the goals you wanted to achieve?
Quitting my job is something I have wanted to do for a number of years. Being a coach and all about personal development I regularly write goals. The goal to create a self-esteem program came about from re-assessing the direction my business was heading and discussing it with my own coach. I use and encourage my clients to use a goal book when setting goals.
3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?
I had an initial plan however it evolved in the time I was developing the program. I started working on it in September and (although a little unrealistic looking back on it) had wanted to get it launched in January.
4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Under estimating the time it would take to get all the components together, which included learning and doing tasks I have never done before in addition to other things I had happening in my life at the time.
5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
I have a fantastic group of friends and mentors that encourage and support me. I also figure if I am going to encourage others to take chances and get uncomfortable than I need to be doing the same myself.
6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
Write the goal down, make them SMART! Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. Put them in a book and add pictures.
7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
Make the program into a web-based program rather than an email based one and to make it into an affiliate product. Present a webinar or live workshop on self-esteem.