Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, says, “Everybody needs a coach… every famous athlete, every brilliant performer has somebody who’s a coach… someone who can help them see themselves as others see them.”
If you want to gain tremendous success in your business and in your life, there are 11 powerful reasons why you should start working with a coach if you haven’t yet:
- A coach empowers you to see the greatness within you and find the confidence to realize your full potential.
- A coach helps you create a clear vision in all the different aspects of your life (relationships, career/profession, family/parenting, spirituality, finance, personal development, health/aging, fun/enjoyment).
- A coach empowers you to set audacious yet realistic goals and make plans and prioritize to reach them.
- A coach works with you to discover and remove the inner blocks within you that may be holding you back from achieving your goals.
- A coach helps you find a way around the problems that are out of your control and might be preventing you from realizing your dreams.
- A coach listens objectively and tries to be non- judgmental all the time (When was the last time you could REALLY speak to someone without being judged?!)
- A coach helps you become aware of your blind spots and will point out to you how you might be sabotaging your success.
- A coach acts as a partner who holds you accountable to what you say you will be doing.
- A coach helps you stay motivated and on track the whole time.
- A coach helps awaken your creative genius and challenges you to try out new things.
- A coach is there to celebrate with you when you succeed and encourage you when you fail.
Successful athletes obviously understand the power of coaching. The United Kingdom Coaching Strategy describes the role of the sports coach as one that “enables the athlete to achieve levels of performance to a degree that may not have been possible if left to his/her own endeavours,” William Arruda says.
Results of researches also back this up. According to researches by PricewaterhouseCoopers (pwc), having a coach:
- improves productivity (results show improved work performance, improved business management, improved time management, improved team effectiveness)
- leadership skills (improved confidence, improved work/life balance, improved communications, improved relationships, enhanced decision- making skills
The same report says almost all clients were satisfied with the results and 86% said they were happy with the ROI (return on investment). They also stated that coaching had allowed them to have fresh perspectives on their personal challenges, too.
When you look at all this data and the amazing benefits coaching brings to the clients, it’s not strange that it has become one of the fastest growing industries in the whole world.
A quick note to clarify
Sometimes I’m asked about the difference between a coach, a therapist, a mentor, and a consultant. The table below delineates how these professions are different:
– A coach tries to work with an already ‘functional’ client and tries to take him/her to an ‘optimal’ level.
– The focus is on the future and on the solutions to the problems the client has.
– The coach has no agenda of his/her own other than what the client wants to get done.
– The coach and the client partner up to implement the plan they have both developed.
– A mentor is a role model who has been down the road before.
– A mentor shares his/her knowledge and uses his/her influence to the benefit of the mentee.
– A therapists works with the client to fix problems and sometimes manage mental illnesses.
– A therapist usually tries to take a ‘dysfunctional’ individual to a ‘functional’ state.
– The focus is on the past and what has caused the current problem.
– Consultants have an agenda and some possible answers.
– Consultants promote themselves as experts in a certain field.
– A consultant proposes a plan and usually leaves the client to implement the plan on his/her own.
Obviously, none of these professions is better than the others, and each one of them is beneficial to a certain target audience that has a particular need.
I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capacities.
~Bob Nardelli (Former CEO of Home Depot and Chrysler)