Coaching helps us fill in our blind spots; it helps keep us focused on what we do best; or it can encourage us to keep going when we are on the verge of quitting.
Even the best like Tiger Woods, Usain Bolt, and Michael Jordan all had coaches. Coaches who looked to keep them at the top of their game, honing their skills or helping them adapt to learn new skills to help keep them ahead of the competition.
If people like that, the best in the world at their chosen profession, believe they need and benefit from coaching, then shouldn’t we follow suit?
Personally I have several coaches I have a speaking coach, a book coach, a business coach and now a new health and fitness coach.
I do that because I am not an expert in any of this areas and there is always room for improvement, and if we don’t improve, then we are effectively moving backwards.
Every year the competition gets better, gets younger, gets hungrier, its not going to wait for us, or give us a chance to take a breather, its going to be waiting for us to slip up, to stumble and then over take us.
Coaching can come from, and in, many formats coaching, mentoring, masterminding or just brainstorming with colleagues and friends.
The more coaching we can make available to ourselves the greater the improvements we can make.
Although, in my experience, it’s best to try and limit yourself to one coach, mentor or mastermind group per are you are looking to develop.
We can have too much of a good thing, if we have multiple coaches helping us in one area, say book writing for instance, this can lead to not just input overload, but also conflicting direction which doesn’t benefit anyone, it can often lead to confusion and degrade our intended performance improvement.
Coaches can help us take our performance to the next level, but sometimes with coaches they can only take us so far, our performance plateaus, and now we need to do something different to keep moving forward. At this point we either need the coach to change their approach, shakes things up a little, or we may need to look to get a new coach.
Even with the most rigorous of regimes if we do it long enough we become accustomed to it, and it’s variety that keeps us constantly moving forward, and if our current coach can’t provide that, then its time to move on.
So if you don’t have a coach, or if you do and you are finding yourself stagnating, then maybe it’s time you got someone on your team who can push you, cajole you, and encourage to that next level.
If you think I might be that coach then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 30 minute strategy session and lets see what we need to do to get you to than next level. Be careful what you wish for 🙂