Do you have a professional coach?
If not, you could not only be limiting your success but also your fulfillment in your personal life. There’s a reason why every high achiever you know has a coach and why almost every digital marketing guru that litters your YouTube playlists with ads speaks on the importance of having one.
That’s because they work!
When you hire a professional coach you essentially are allowing your-self to make giant strides in your career at a more rapid rate than you would have been able to on your own; its literally like sitting in the driver’s seat of a Bugatti Veyron when previously you were driving a Honda Accord.
Now a days the internet has given us access to a plethora of information at our fingertips. Any question you have can be typed into Google’s search bar and within seconds you’re given a ton of various answers; unfortunately, those answers aren’t always relevant to you personally. When you hire a professional coach, you get personal advice that’s specifically tailored to your career wants and needs.
Your coach will also give you dedicated time to make progress.
Let’s face it, even as a high achiever there are moments when you know you need to get something done but you still put it off. By having a dedicated day and time to meet with your coach you eliminate that nasty habit of procrastination, there by making you even more productive than you already are. Your coach will also give you a safe, low-stakes environment to experiment and improve on your skills.
Why try the new sales pitch you’ve been crafting on the multi-million dollar lead you just got when you could try it with your coach first AND get help perfecting it to a T? The experience and expertise your coach brings to the table will help you fine tune your professional skills by sharpening your strengths while simultaneously strengthening your weaknesses. And not only does hiring a coach have a positive affect on your career, it can also make a giant impact in your organization.
(Aziz Ansari’s character from Parks and Rec was clearly in need of a coach)
Most companies know the benefits of coaching, therefore many hire top tier trainers to coach their upper management and some will even pay for their employees to have their own personal coach.
When you are performing at your highest level it impacts the entire organization, not only does it help the company’s bottom line but it also has a personal affect on your coworkers as well.
People enjoy seeing greatness before them, it inspires them. It gives them a reason to be excited about the company they work for, it brings out their competitive spirit, and pushes them to do their best.
When you’re at the top of your game others tend to do strive to do the same and if you’re in management the skills your coach imparts in you can be passed down to your employees there for strengthening the core of your company and creating a winning team.
If the professional benefits aren’t reason enough, let’s talk about what hiring a coach can do for your personal life.
Think back to the last time you felt your career was controlling you instead of you controlling your career. Maybe that’s the current situation you’re in, how does it feel to not be in control of such an important staple of your every-day life? How is it affecting your thoughts? How are those thoughts affecting your actions outside of work and the way you treat others?
Doesn’t feel good, does it?
When you hire a professional coach one of their main goals is to help you realize that you are always in control and that helps shift you from a mindset of reactiveness to proactivity. This mindset allows you to become much more productive at work which leads to a sense of greater accomplishment and fulfillment in your personal life. When you feel accomplished you also feel confident and you immediately become open to exploring new experiences in your personal life.
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try rock climbing but you assumed you’re too out of shape to be anything but an embarrassment?
Or maybe there’s an art class you’ve always wanted to take, but you couldn’t even manage to color within the lines when you were a kid?
That confidence you gained through your professional accomplishments will permeate into your personal ones and often the greatest fulfillment we receive is when we go beyond our comfort zone to try new things. Not only will you feel better about yourself, but your friends and family will feel better around you since they no longer have to put up with your work-related rants and complaints.
Professional coaches aren’t just for CEO’s and entrepreneurs any more, they are for any professional that wants to excel in their career and become the greatest versions of themselves while making a strong impact within the company they work for. If you’re considering hiring a professional coach check with your HR department to see if they’ll fit the bill. If you’re still not sure whether a coach is right for you or not, stay tuned because next week I’m going to talk about exactly what a coach will and won’t do for their clients.