When you picture a “coach”, what usually comes to mind?
If you’re like most people, I’m guessing you probably picture a man or woman in their 40’s or 50’s dressed in athletic gear, or even suit and tie, intensely patrolling the sidelines of some field, court or athletic venue.
However, what most people don’t realize is that coaching also exists outside the sporting world. In its most basic form coaching is a process designed to help an individual take their business, career and/or life from where it is today to where they ultimately want it to be in the future.
Although there’s a belief that coaching is only needed when a person is struggling, the truth is actually very different. There isn’t a person on the planet that couldn’t benefit from having a coach. Regardless of your level of success (or lack thereof) having a coach is invaluable.
Take Michael Phelps for example.
Arguably the greatest swimmer of our lifetime. Undeniably talented, genetically gifted, technically proficient, driven, insanely focused, willing to push himself longer and harder than most of his competitors, and on and on we could go.
But guess what? He still had a coach. Even at the pinnacle of his career.
The reason he had a coach wasn’t because he needed someone to teach him how to swim. He worked with a coach because he wanted someone to help him take his strengths and talents to a whole new level.
To help him be more purposeful in how he thought and acted. To hold him accountable to his goals. To help him manage any weaknesses and distractions that could hold him back or knock him off course.
Even to act as a second set of eyes. To help him see the things he was missing as he dove off the block, raced through the water and made his turns at the wall.
Whether for your business, career and/or life, a coach is going to serve a similar purpose.
As your coach I’m going to keep you focused on and accountable to your goals. I’m going to help you start to think and act differently. I’ll act as a sounding board and when needed hold a mirror in front of you, highlighting your personal and professional blind spots.
At the end of the day, my job is to help you create an environment where the results you desire in any and all areas of your life become inevitable.
The only thing required of you is the willingness to act.