FORT WORTH, Texas., March 3, 2016 – Coaching. We’ve all heard the word used and seem to think we understand what it means, but what exactly is coaching?
A coach is described by Merriam-Webster as “a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer.”
How does coaching apply to life outside of sports? As a result of programming in primary school and on through high school and college, people are taught to follow a hierarchal system where clocks and alarms tell them what to do, when to do it and how it ought to be done. Most succumb to this system without a second thought.
However, there are those who realize that everyone performs in their daily life. People who are motivated, self-disciplined, creative individuals with big goals and dreams of making a difference in the world. It is this group of people who voluntarily use coaches and mentors as a source of personal growth and development.
People use coaches to expand their lives in various areas. Coaching is an age-old model of learning which has recently become much more popular as an education model.
So who uses a coach? Coaching is for those who are focused on making more money, having better relationships, achieving specific life goals, shifting mindset to a more positive thought process, reaching new levels of fitness, changing dietary habits and overall being a better person who can in turn, make a difference in the world.
Who hires a coach? Everyone from the representative of a network marketing company to the owner of a small business to the CEO of a multi-billion-dollar international company. The man or woman looking to decrease body-fat, start eating healthier and increase muscle mass. The average athlete ready to take their game up a notch to the elite level and ready to do the work required to make it happen.
Coaching, whether paid or unpaid, is a privilege, it’s never a right. The coach is offering their time and knowledge to a student seeking to learn the skills required to achieve a specific goal. A goal the coach has already achieved successfully. Coaches come in various shapes and sizes and can assist people from all walks of life.
What to look for when hiring a coach?
- Someone who has already successfully reached the goal you are aiming to achieve.
- Someone open and willing to teach and mentor others.
- Someone who understands the different personality styles in others and is able to offer patience and a kind heart.
- Someone who is able to provide lessons in a succinct and direct manner, lessons that will allow the student to compress time in learning.
What does a coach look for in a student?
- Someone who is open and coachable, willing to defer to the coaches thought process for the duration of the process.
- Someone who is willing to show up on a daily basis, communicating with the coach and completing tasks as directed.
- Someone who understands that coaching is a gift they are receiving and who is willing to pay it forward as they learn, blessing others with the knowledge as they learn.
What is the cost involved with hiring a coach?
- The costs vary from free to tens of thousands of dollars.
- There is always a time investment in coaching and the student must be willing to do the work.
Where do I find a coach?
- Coaches can be found in a wide variety of places. From books in a library (free) to high-priced international coaches specializing in specific industries or topics.
Do I need a coach?
- No. Maybe. Only you can answer this question. Coaching is a personal decision. Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I looking to enhance my mindset, my habits, my financial situation, my relationships, my business or anything in my life?
- Am I open and willing to allow someone who has achieved what I am looking to achieve, to coach me and help me grow?
- Am I willing to invest the time required to work on myself in order to become the person who walks away with the prize?
If the answers to these questions are a resounding YES! Then coaching is for you. If your response is a no, then coaching may not be for you and if you’re thinking maybe, then I’d encourage you to explore coaching through a book that catches your eye or an online training that resonates with you. If you like what you learn, then take another step forward.
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