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.
You have one life to live. The important thing to remember is that you get to choose exactly what it looks like, so choose well, as you deserve the best.