COACHING?… Everyone knows about Coaching. It is now a huge industry. Everyone has heard about how "all professionals have a Coach". My definition is… "A great Coach is someone who will not let you for settle for what you think is your best". If you go to the gym and start to do 25 push-ups, you are much more likely to accomplish that feat if you have a Personal Trainer pushing you to do more…especially when your arms start to get tired. That is the Law of Accountability… people tend to achieve more when they are being held Accountable. That's one of the things that great Coaches do… they hold you Accountable.
Here is your ACTION STEP… the question should no longer be, "Do I really need to hire a Coach?". Hopefully you are past that stage. The question now becomes, "How do I select the right Coach for me?". Here are some great questions that will help to bring clarity to that decision for you:
1. Has the prospective Coach actually done the things that they will be teaching me?
2. Are they experienced enough to customize the program to me and my style or must I do all the adjusting?
3. Is the Coach really committed to my results? Do they have a process to hold me accountable or is it all just words?
4. How much Coaching have they really done? Do they really have the skills to help me out in the tough times?
5. Do I actually get the Coach I choose or is it just an employee to whom I am assigned…the luck of the draw?
Tough questions… there aren't too many great Coaches who can really pass this test. Be selective and don't get locked into a long-term contract. A great Coach doesn't need a long-term contract… you will stay with them because you get results… not because you have to. Great Coaching is not cheap but it should pay for itself fairly quickly. I have had many Coaches in my career. Some good, some not so good. The great ones are "worth their weight in gold"! NO Excuses.