During the recent Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, we witnessed the best athletes in the world performing at the highest levels in order to win medals for their countries. One thing we have come to expect in sports is for athletes or teams to have coaches.
Sometimes, teams have multiple coaches, with each one focusing on a specific area of performance. While it is accepted that those who play sports will work with coaches in order to improve and go to the next level of performance and achievement, it is not as widely accepted for normal, everyday people to have coaches.
Coaches can be just as valuable to individuals as they are to athletes or other professionals. Now, the question to ask is: Do you have a coach in your life?
Chances are those who do not have coaches are not fully utilising their skills, abilities and talents. In other words, they may not be harnessing their full potential.
Some of the things coaches do for their clients include:
- Make it safe for them to express what is really going on for them.
- Challenge them to increase what they expect from themselves.
- Identify gaps between where they are and where they want to eventually be.
The first coach I ever worked with, outside of a sports environment, was when I attended my first personal development training program. The experience was so profound for me that I have not stopped working with and learning from different mentors, coaches and teachers ever since. What I have been able to accomplish in life can be attributed to having the right coaches, who knew how to get the best out of me.
Whenever I have made bad decisions, upon reflection, had I consulted a coach, I know I would have done things differently, which in turn, would have prevented a lot of the stress or anguish I went through.
Having coaches in our lives is immensely valuable. Here are five powerful reasons why having coaches can make a big difference to what we do and how we do it, which in turn, will help us reach higher levels of performance and achievement.
- A coach will help you clarify your priorities and goals. We all want a higher level of clarity around our goals, commitments and priorities. Knowing what matters most to us will improve our chances of making right decisions consistently, and being able to focus on what truly matters to us.
- A coach will hold you accountable to achieve your goals. We’ve all set goals in the past, only to lose focus and abandon them at some point. When we share our goals with a coach, they will guide us through the process of achieving our them, and ensure we follow through on the things that will get us closer to achieving our goals.
- A coach will help you develop more self-confidence and self-belief. A coach should not always tell their clients what to do but instead, facilitate a process of self-discovery and self-awareness. It is through a higher level of awareness that we are able to increase our confidence and belief in achieving what we want to.
- A coach will help you shorten your learning curve. One of the benefits of working with coaches who’ve done the things we want to do is that we can tap into their knowledge and experience and use it to accelerate our own achievement. It is like compressing years of experience into days or weeks. Plus we can also benefit from the mistakes our coaches have made as we will know what to avoid.
- A coach will help make you aware of your patterns and behaviours. Our behaviours determine the type of results we get in life. We all have patterns, which we may not always be aware of, that may be preventing us from achieving what we want to. A coach will be able to point out what they are and also work with us to create new, productive patterns and behaviours.
Having a coach should always be seen as an investment in ourselves. Like anything in life, there is a price we will pay if we don’t do things right. If we choose not to have coaches or mentors in our lives, it will cost us either financially, emotionally, physically or mentally. It is our responsibility to find the right people who can get us to where we want to be a lot easier and faster. When we do, our experience of life becomes so much better.
Question: What is another benefit of having coaches in life?
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