Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Rebecca Oblak, Founder of Arrow's Edge Coaching, located in Freeport, IL, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Arrow's Edge Coaching is a Life and Leadership Coaching business. I help High Impact Visionary Christians to step fully into their identity, doing life on purpose so that they can fulfill their God-given destiny.
Tell us about yourself
Hi, I'm Rebecca, and this is the story of my professional journey:
While serving in church leadership, I found that pastoral counseling wasn't nearly as effective as it could be. I knew there had to be a better way to create a permanent, higher-level impact on people's lives. When I discovered leadership coaching, I knew it was what my heart was yearning for! Soon an opportunity surfaced to join an impactful coaching class with other church staff. Right away, the trainers told me I was naturally gifted at coaching, plus I found it so FUN and effective! Happily, I continued on to work with Coach Approach ministries to obtain my Christian leadership coaching certification (CCLC), followed by a second certification as a Life Coach.
In my coaching, I learned that self-discovery occurs at a far deeper level of learning than how ministry environments typically approach it. There is something so beautiful about how God gently leads each person into what they are looking for, instead of traditional approaches where leaders simply give the answers. When starting a church from scratch, I was asking God for a system, a plan that would uplevel everyone in the process. A few short years later, He handed me the blueprint and the system to bring this plan to life. So what is that blueprint, you ask? It's a combination of coaching along with prophetic ministry, prophetic activation (hearing God's voice is essential to life!), and inner healing that has consistently led people to incredible long-term results!
Why does it work? It's because we address the whole person: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. All of these areas overlap and directly affect one another. Others often just address one aspect of the person and think it will produce results. And it does… Yet we have found the greatest long-term results as we address the whole person. While on this journey, I felt Holy Spirit drawing my heart to a new adventure, something that could release me into my zone of grace, doing what I do best. And Arrow's Edge Coaching is the culmination of this journey, now serving a wider array of people than possible in my local church.
What I do for my clients through Arrow's Edge Coaching is lead them on adventures of their choice, sharpening and up-leveling their lives as they hear from God. The beautiful part is how it leverages my experience as the senior leader of a church far beyond the limits of 4 walls! I build a partnership with my clients where we go on priceless adventures to discover a better future, meeting the personalized goals of each client.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Since I started this business from scratch two years ago, I'd say my biggest accomplishment has been the lives transformed and the breakthroughs happening in the clients that I serve. Every survey my clients take at the end of their journey with me has contained testimony after testimony of progress, breakthrough, momentum, and true life change. This is what motivates me each day to do what I do.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
For me, the sales process has been the hardest thing to learn. As a minister and a coach, I work hard to help people into growth. While I realize that people first need to see why they should invest in a coach, it's been a challenge for me. The other major challenge is the lack of income reliability.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Don't put the cart before the horse. Make sure you invest in your own personal heart healing and wholeness before you embark on launching a business.
- Invest in a mentor to help you. I found that I didn't know how much I really didn't know when I got started. If I hadn't invested in my mentor, I am convinced I would not be open for business today.
- Be open to change and times when you have to pivot. Also, know that it takes time to grow a business. You likely won't be making a hundred grand at the start. Having launched a church and launched a business, I know it takes a few years of blood, sweat, and tears to really grow a successful business. Do some people hit it big right off the bat? Sure. But most don't. Be ready to invest in yourself, then invest in your business, and finally, be open to change at all times.
Where can people find you and your business?
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