TONY MEREDITH

MAKE THE DECISION TO CHANGE

Tony had a successful career as a National Sales Manager in a large multinational organisation. He was responsible for large teams and an even larger budget. From the outside it appeared like Tony’s career was trending in the right direction. On the inside, however, was a completely different reality.

In early 2015, just after Tony’s 42nd birthday, he (finally) came to the realisation that his life had not panned out the way he had imagined.  Tony was extremely unhappy; his relationship with his wife and children was average because he was constantly traveling away on business; he was no longer feeling fulfilled in his job; he was overweight; and his financial position was significantly less than he had hoped for at that stage of his life.

Something had to give, therefore Tony decided to take ownership of his situation and set about changing it.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

The first thing Tony did was read Stephen Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Chapter 2 of this book discusses ‘Beginning with the end in mind’, with the end being the eulogy at your funeral. Whilst not wanting to deal with his own mortality, Tony thought about his eulogy and realised it wouldn’t read well.

Having been an all-around sportsperson growing up, Tony decided that his first step was to get back involved in sport, but not a team sport because of his business travel.  He chose to compete in a 12-week weight transformation challenge.  He was supplied a food sheet and an exercise sheet and for 12 weeks he didn’t miss a step.

He ate and exercised what and when he was supposed to.  He didn’t have an overall weight loss goal because resistance training was involved, instead he set 84 individual goals (each day of the challenge) and trusted the process.

At the conclusion of the challenge, Tony had lost 12 kg in 12 weeks, and whilst his physical change was dramatic, it was his mental change that was most profound. He had gained an unwavering sense of self-belief that if he can transform his body in 12 weeks, then he can do anything he puts his mind to.

BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU WILL

Next, he was determined to create the choice to leave his job and discovered property development. Tony and his wife had dabbled in property investing previously, but never property development. It wasn’t easy, but he was determined to create a different outcome for his life.  Tony joined network meetings, signed up to a Mentoring program, sought individual coaches/mentors, and immersed himself in the world of property development.

He purchased his first development site in early 2016. Along the journey, Tony discovered that he liked property development, but he didn’t love it.  However, what he did love was people asking him for help with weight loss or how to get started in property. It was the feeling of being able to help others that gave Tony the most happiness.

Being a people manager most of his working life, Tony understood what it took to bring the best out in his team.  Then in late 2016, it ‘hit’ him – Tony was meant to be a coach. Steve Jobs said, “It’s only when you look back that you can connect the dots.” Tony had been a coach most of his life, it’s just that in the world of business you’re called a ‘Manager’.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START

Several years on and Tony has totally transformed his life. His relationship with his wife and kids has improved. Mentally he’s never been sharper and physically he’s in a good place. He runs several companies and no longer needs to work for someone else.

Although nowadays Tony works more than ever, he’s never been happier. All of the great things in Tony’s life today came from a realisation that he needed to make a change back in 2015. He recognised that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to change.

Zig Ziglar, the late American motivational speaker, famously said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”  If you want to change your life you have to start. Start small, accept you’re going to make mistakes, but just start.

You can’t change what’s gone before you, but you have the opportunity to write the next chapter and how your story ends.

What are you waiting for?

How Do I Know If I Need a Business Coach?

What is Business Coaching?

All great sporting stars have a coach.  Someone who shares in developing a game strategy, creating a plan of action, providing feedback and opportunities for improvement. Coaches bring the best out in sports stars to ensure they reach their potential.  

Business people are no different. Whether you you’re wanting to take your business to the next level or improve individually, a Business Coach can ensure you achieve your objectives.  Business Coaching is an investment, as an effective Business Coach can get you to grow your sales to a point that you only dreamed of.

Below are some signs that you need a Business Coach:

  • Sales are not where you want them to be
  • Business is not making enough profit
  • Unsure how to take your business to the next level
  • Fearful of capitalising on or missing out on opportunities

Business Coaching with TMC involves understanding where your business is, where you’d like it to be, creating the Goal Achievement Program (GAP) to get your business there, and then developing strategies that ensure success.

How Do I Know if Business Coaching Is Right for Me?

Is your business where you want it to be?  If not, why not?  Alternatively, you might believe you’re on track, but what if you could achieve your goal more efficiently or effectively, or even better, set a new goal that you didn’t think was possible?

 In order to get the most from Business Coaching, you need to be open to being challenged, feeling uncomfortable and held to account. At TMC, we pride ourselves on getting results for our clients, but this requires the client to have a preparedness to grow. 

Do You Only Work With Established Companies?

TMC specialises in working with small-medium enterprises ranging from 1-30 employees, in a variety of industries.  We work with this group of businesses for a couple of reasons:

  • The agility of decision making and speed of implementation
  • Passing on 20+ years of senior corporate experience to small business owners who have a great product or service, but are struggling with the intricacies of operating a successful business
  • TMC is a small business , who understands and can empathise with the opportunities and struggles of small business  
Do You Offer Ongoing Consulting Services?

Business Coaching is not like a prescription medicine where you take it once and you’re cured.  Business Coaching is more like an effective multivitamin, that when taken constantly is improving performance and plugging any gaps.

 Also, our business is based on the longevity of partnership with our clients.  We want our clients to grow with TMC, and TMC to grow with our clients.