According to Bill Gates, “Everybody needs a coach!”
This is what he’s saying, despite the fact that coaches and coaching are something many people either don’t know about or aren't sure about, even though many of the world's most successful athletes, doctors, and business people (such as Roger Federer, Atul Gawande, and Bill Gates) have coaches. You yourself might be someone who's wondering how a coach, and the guidance offered, could actually help you.
Personally, I believe everybody needs a coach. We all need someone who can help us accomplish things that we usually only dream about. Here are ten examples of how a coach can help you.
- Improve Your Entrepreneurial and Leadership Skills: A coach can help you learn how to develop signature professional skills. Not only will these new skills make you a better entrepreneur or stand out leader, along they way a coach can also help you use your learning experiences to strengthen your basic self-directed learning skills, which you can then use in other learning situations. Whether you're a solo entrepreneur, a boss leading her staff inside her own business, or an executive aiming to move ahead in his organization, self-directed learning skills are quickly becoming the core 21st Century's skillset, clearly capabilities that the right coach can help you develop.
- Learn How To Attend To What’s Important: Figuring out what you want from life is the essential step. A coach's basic contribution is helping you dream; after this, they can keep you focused on discovering what's important. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by dreams that feel too big or out of reach, or to be put off by daily distractions. A coach will help you break everything down into practical, habit-forming steps, and then help you focus on each of the individual steps that are key to your journey.
- Learn How To Hold Yourself Accountable: If you already know what to do to realize your dream, but you're constantly procrastinating instead of acting, a coach will help you develop the micro-skills and mini-habits that eliminate your anchors. When you answer to no one, it's too easy to say "I'll do it tomorrow" – when tomorrow is a day that never comes. A coach is there to provide the kind of support and encouragement that will show you how to activate that next small step.
- Learn How To Improve Your Self-Esteem: Every life and every career has its low points, its stuck places, and its forks in the road. When you've been struggling along on your own for a while, it's easy to become discouraged, lose confidence in your own abilities, and wonder off the path you’ve chosen. A coach helps you to get back on course, and rediscover the confidence and motivation you need to keep moving forward.
- Discover Your Blind Spots: One way to unleash your potential is to gain a clearer understanding of yourself, especially those blind spots that are leading you down troublesome, even dysfunctional pathways. A coach can help you discover and attend to the ways your identity is both helping and hindering you and your learning efforts. Once you and your coach achieve this awareness, you’ll be positioned to work on becoming the person your personal and professional circumstances are asking you to become.
- Improve Your Awareness: Coaching expands your awareness; it adds new perspectives. Life in the 21st Century is increasingly more complex, and consequently difficult to interpret and understand. A coach can help you learn mindfulness skills that, over time, will strengthen you ability to comprehend and appreciate new complexities and develop unique pathways toward making more sense of the complexities that are most important in your life.
- Notice The Right Signs - Chose The Right Doorways: Coaches accelerate your development by helping you learn how to design and implement useful transformational learning experiments. The benefit of your coach's knowledge and experience, plus the step-by-step plan he or she helps you to build, can help you realize newfound purposes.
- Launch The Learning Journeys You’ve Chosen: Perhaps you're fine with the way your life is progressing, but nonetheless occasionally you sense that you’re not truly hitting the high notes or achieving the key outcomes you know you're capable of. Hiring a coach can help you actually notice these shortfalls, and then move to address them. A coach can help you explore what to do to achieve the success you deserve. They can motivate you to step into the kind of effort that will let you realize whatever's possible.
- Learn How To Train Your Brain And Body: All athletes have coaches who help them train their bodies and their minds. Coaches are the tools high-performing people use to help them develop the mindsets, modes of thinking, and relationships they need. Good coaches are the ‘X’ factor that sets champions apart, and their support in developing their clients’ winning mindsets is at the heart of their value. If you want to succeed, you need to think positively and proactively – and a great coach will help you learn how to build you brain so that its neural networks do exactly that.
- Develop A 21st Century Mindset: If you feel overwhelmed, perhaps even lost and directionless, you're not alone. In the new 21st Century world that we all are living in, many of us feel as if we're adrift, caught midway between the 20th Century's familiar homilies and the 21st Century's new insights. We all want to know where we are and where we’re heading. A coach can help with this, offering ways to develop the kinds of 21st Century awareness and mindsets you need. Working with a coach is an optimal way to develop the small, manageable steps you need to take in order to launch this kind of a learning journey.
Learning To Learn
Learning – in both personal and professional terms – is going to become the 21st Century’s quintessential skill.
More to the point, learning is the key to your learning how to access any of the ten aspirational dreams I’ve summarized above. Moreover, in most cases, a coach who’s mastered experiential and transformative learning will be the key to your learning how to design, organize, launch, and successfully implement the learning journeys that the ten doorways I’ve listed above point to.
In short, employing a coach to help you address these opportunities is one of the more efficient, effective, and rewarding developmental steps you can take for yourself. Hiring a coach is a doorway that opens out into learning journeys that help you master all you need to know about living effectively amidst the 21st Century’s new complexities and opportunities.