A lot of you know I work with wonderful clients who are ready to catapult themselves forward in some important area — either personal or professional or both (as was my case.) It wasn’t that long ago that I had no idea what a coach could do for anyone, that is outside of professional sports. I started working with Christine Kane over 2 years ago to help me get through a time of confusion, self doubt and high anxiety. That was by far the best investment I ever made, and those close to me know what I’m talking about. So, here’s a list of 9 amazing things a good coach can do for you.
1. A coach helps you achieve those goals that you’re having trouble crossing off that list.
If you’re like me, most of the goals are to-do lists on steroids. But there’s always one or two biggies that seem to laugh at you, instead of getting crossed off the paper. What you need is compassionate and objective feedback to see how you’re possibly shooting yourself in the foot.
2. A coach shows you different perspectives when you face important decisions.
Fish can’t see the water they swim in. A lot of times neither we, nor the people closest to us, are able to see attractive and viable choices that are right outside our comfort zone, waiting.
3. A coach shows you how to be a better player on your own team.
It was through coaching that I got glimpses of how I used to think everyone else knew better and how I used to confuse the concepts of selfishness with taking care of oneself. I got to see how my self doubt was holding back in a huge way.
4. Coaches support you when life rains on your parade.
Jobs get cut. People in your life get ill. Sometimes our great projects bomb or even fizzle. A coach is a professional who helps you learn the lessons and move on, so much faster than you would by yourself. I can still hear a calm voice telling me, "Laura, you cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought right now." My version is, "Don’t get discouraged, that’s just a waste of time."
5. Coaches show you how to take your project to extraordinary levels of excellence.
Modesty aside, I bring a lot of experience to serve my clients: years and years of graduate studies, raising kids and living in several foreign countries — that’s a yacht-load of ideas at the service of others.
6. Your coach teaches you how to upgrade your life skills and communication skills. (Especially if she has a PhD in communication.)
7. Coaches provide accountability when you want to take a BIG step outside your comfort zone.
Accountability is essential when you’re taking on something new and big: a job hunt, starting a new business, taking your health or self-care more seriously or preparing better presentations.
8. Your coach in your mentor. You’ve seen it over and over — how professionals with mentors seem to soar ahead, regardless of their talents and skills. Even those of us who didn’t attend the Ivies can have our own bodacious mentors, and do some soaring ourselves.
9. Coaches sometimes show the real, unique, awesome you to yourself.
It’s easy to fall in the trap of thinking you’re not good enough or it simply wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes we use that as an excuse not to move forward, especially when moving ahead feels scary.
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