How a coach can make you successful in life?
The top 8 ways how a coach can make you successful in life are as below.
He / She can help you to :
- Create your definition of success in life
- Set correct goals to achieve success
- Prioritize your goals
- Create an action plan for achieving these goals
- Track your progress on the action plan
- Find solutions for the obstacles and challenges you encounter
- Be your confidant
- Find ways to overcome your limiting beliefs
To find out more about how a coach can make you successful in life, please read on.
Who is a coach?
A coach is a trained professional who can work with you and help you discover your success path. He can help you to set the correct goals and also help you to achieve them.
Let me take the field of sports as an example. Almost all sportspersons have coaches, be it in individual or team sport. These sportspersons have the skills which they can refine by regular practice.
However, to excel further and reach their full potential, they seek the services of a coach.
The coaches may or may not be great sportsmen themselves. But they are skilled and trained to help the sportspersons, who hire them, on their success journey. Coaches can enable them to set the correct goals and create an action plan to achieve the same.
Coach versus Counsellor
A coach is not a counsellor or therapist.
A coach can discuss your present situation, help you set future goals, and work with you to achieve them. However, a counsellor or a therapist looks at your past to solve your current problems or change your behaviour.
A good coach can recognize this situation based on the discussions with the client and will recommend engaging a counsellor or a therapist.
Other differences that are beyond the scope of this blog post. I will cover them in a subsequent post.
Coach versus Consultant
You should also note that a coach is not a consultant or an advisor.
A consultant is most likely an expert in a chosen field. He will advise you and provide solutions to your problems for which you have engaged him. However, a coach will work with you and help you develop correct solutions.
Why do you need a coach?
Taking the example of sports further, most of the sportspersons can be in their best form for a limited period. Depending on the type of sport, the level of fitness required varies. And the life of sportsperson to be at his / her prime is dependent on age. With growing age, their fitness level goes down, new talent comes up, and slowly they must bow out into retirement.
What I am trying to say is that sportspersons have a limited time in which to reach their full potential and achieve success. They engage a coach, primarily to reach the pinnacle of success in this limited time.
Not all the sportspersons may have coaches, but the top sportspersons definitely, have one or more coaches by their side.
You can very well extend this analogy to people following other career options.
Engaging a coach is not necessary for you to achieve success in life. However, a coach can help you reach your full potential and the pinnacle of success at a faster pace.
How a coach can make you successful in life ?
Now I will elaborate on how a coach can make you successful in life?
1. Create your definition of success in life
First and foremost, to achieve success in life, you need to define what success means to you. There are multiple dimensions of life, and you need to choose where you want to be successful. You have a unique personality, and you will have your unique definition of success in life.
Many times, you are not clear about what you want to achieve in life.
A Coach comes to your rescue here.
In regular discussions with you, a coach can help you to discover what success means to you.
2. Set correct goals to achieve success
Once you have defined success, you need to set appropriate goals. It happens most times that you are not clear on your goals. Sometimes you set wrong goals or set goals that are not achievable.
It could also be the goals are not aligned with your strengths, passions, or interests. Sometimes you could be confused about what goals to set or how to set goals for yourself to achieve the success you have defined.
Here a good coach can help clear the air for you.
He/she can work with you so that you set the right goals for your success journey.
3. Prioritize your goals
While it is important to define success and set goals to achieve success, it is also critical to prioritize them. You cannot meet all of them at the same time. So, you need to prioritize the top two or three goals which you plan to achieve.
A Coach can help you discover the top goals you want to achieve.
You may be confused about what your top priorities or values in life are. This confusion makes you uncertain about what goals to prioritize over others.
A Coach in discussion with you can help you get clarity in your thoughts in this exercise.
4. Create an action plan for achieving these goals
After the above two steps, you are clear on the top goals you want to achieve in life. Now it is time to create an action plan to achieve the same. This planning may not be an easy task for you.
Here again, a Coach can be of immense help.
He/she can brainstorm with you, challenge you, and help you discover the correct actions to achieve the goals. You will be able to, with the assistance of a coach, commit on a timeline to achieve the goals.
5. Track your progress on the action plan
Once the action plan is created it is action time. Now you need to track the activities and ensure that you are on track to meet the timelines. Tracking could be a daunting task, amidst the multiple distractions that come on your way.
A Coach in his regular sessions with you will check the progress on the action plan you created. He will query you on the reasons for any lag and will help to clear the distractions. He can also help you to change the action plan if you mutually agree on a need for change.
6. Find solutions for the obstacles and challenges you encounter
On the way of following your action plan, you will meet challenges and obstacles. These may come suddenly without advance notice and may derail you from your action plan. And you may be clueless to find a quick solution to it and be back on track.
A Coach can brainstorm with you and help you arrive at an appropriate solution to overcome these challenges.
7. Be your confidant
In today’s times, there is competition, limited personal contact, and lack of support system for you. And this may lead to feeling isolated in a high-stress environment. You may need the support of an impartial person who will listen to you and focus on you. He may be the confidant you are looking for in your life.
This person could be the Coach you have engaged. By his training and certification, the Coach must adhere to a code of ethics. So, you can feel assured of the integrity and the confidentiality aspects.
To get the best results out of a coaching engagement, you need to share a relationship of trust with your coach.
8. Find ways to overcome your limiting beliefs
Many times, you are hesitant in taking a crucial decision in your life because something in your mind stops you. You believe that the decision may backfire on you.
As an example, suppose you are not happy with your job and feel that you can be a successful entrepreneur. You have a great product idea and are passionate about it. However, you fear that it may not do well in the market. Because of this fear you, do not launch your entrepreneurial venture. This fear is a limiting belief that stops you from taking the correct decision.
A Coach can brainstorm with you and help you unearth the reason for this fear. Once you know this, further discussion can help you come out with a solution to this fear. This fear could be because you are wary of the customer sentiment on this kind of product. To overcome this fear, you may agree to do a targeted customer survey and find out the customer sentiment.
How to select a Coach?
We discussed how a Coach would be able to help you on your success path. However, you must select the right coach who can help you.
Most of the coaches have specific niches and specific clientele they serve.
You need to choose a coach with expertise in the proper niche that you need. I will cover this aspect in my subsequent posts.
We discussed what characteristics define a coach and how a coach is different from a Counsellor, Therapist and Consultant.
We also discussed the different ways how a coach can make you successful in life.
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