Anita, Mojo and Bessie

I know, I know, it’s a cliché this time of year to do a review. But hey, some clichés are fabulous.

This year, I had the privilege to work with a number of incredible clients. I was able to guide them, assist them, direct them as they grew and changed and developed and created their own amazing businesses.

I am so terribly grateful to be able to work with people for whom making a profound impact on their own client’s lives is a day to day occurrence for them.

This year saw my clients do The Work that lead them to paying off 5 figure tax debts, growing their business 5 fold, creating new leveraged programs, moving into their own premises for the first time, winning national level awards for their horse training, having record breaking days at Equitana, create and sell life changing events and clinics and more…

Sure, this year was tough. We had an election, a farce in the USA, Brexit, bigger refugee crisis’ than ever before- the world seems in even more chaos and crazy than ever, and of course that makes being in business even more scary and tougher than it usually is.

But I have seen such bravery and commitment from the small group of people I work with. I have seen them get up off the ground, dust themselves off, and go back into the ring because what they do MEANS EVERYTHING to them.

I have been inspired by the level of creativity they have shown. The insights they have shared. The generosity and commitment to their clients. Their belief in the importance of what they do.

They know that if they don’t do it, no one will.

They know that to make something better, it starts with what you can do.

They know that everyone is doing the best they can with what they have, so lets make that better where we can.

There is a lot of people who say you can’t make money working with animals.

But they’ve not met the quiet achievers who are out there doing just that. The “spare room” online business turning over over more than $500K. The dog trainer with a quarter million dollar business. The therapist who is doing ten times more bookings this month to the same time last year. The coach who turned a “crazy idea” into a $4,000 weekend.

My clients are the ones who created the business they wanted to buy from, but couldn’t find. The solved a problem that seemed so obvious to them, but that everyone else skipped over. They were tired of complaining and waiting for someone else to do something. They turned, they stood, they fought for what they believed in.

These guys are the ones who will make a difference in this space. These guys are the ones who are the reason I do what I do.

2016 was pretty rough for a lot of reasons, and pretty damn awesome in other ways. I lost both my remaining grandparents within 6 months of each other. This year also saw the deaths of some of my childhood (and adulthood) heroes, with the loss of David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and the rest, as well as the tragic death of 2 young event riders.

It was those two deaths, and the conversations that I had with certain people after they happened, that became the seed for the Coaching Excellence Alliance.

We make our years what they are- we are responsible for having a good year or bad year.  How we view what happens around us, how we react, what we do.  2016 wasn’t cursed- no more than any year previously, or any year yet to come.

Congratulations on a fabulous 2016, GU&G Tribe and CEA Workshop Group, and here’s to an even more incredible 2017.

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Written by Anita Marchesani
I've come to small business the long way round- but enjoyed and learned from every single step. I learned about the power of Media during a BA and while working in Film&TV. I learned about the hard graft while groom for an international eventer in the UK. I learned organisation and staff management from running hundreds of weddings both here and in the UK. I learned from the mistakes of my first business that failed, to create an e-commerce success story, and now I'm here to help you have even greater success in your business. Oh, and I dance to really loud music like a crazy bastard.