Updated: Apr 9, 2019
“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, and has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you can be.” - Tom Landry
I think as an athlete, being coached was something I looked forward to, even when I didn’t want it. Whether the coaching is good or bad it’s necessary. Your growth is at stake when you are left to fend for yourself. Most athletes are trusting their coach to see the things they don’t see and then guide them in the right direction by setting up a playbook for you to be ready for the anticipated plays that could come your way. However, all that have played the game can’t necessarily coach.
In today’s I love Mondays, I want to provide you all with an outline of how coaches are beneficial if they execute their role.
1. They ID your blind spots: Great coaches have the innate gift to identify “blind spots” for their players. Blinds can be a multitude of things, however, in this aspect your coach is identifying the unknowns of your careers, business or lifestyle that is potentially hindering you from achieving your ultimate goal. A savvy coach will do check-ins, one on ones, and ask smart questions to assist you in identifying key factors that are causing these blind spots, and then use that to build up your confidence and courage; showing you that you have tools and resources to allow you to see the 360 degree visual of the things around.
2. Defeating the Elements of Procrastination: Follow through is one of my biggest pet peeves. As an athlete I Was never allowed to quit. No matter how much it hurt I had to finish, and this is true in business as well. Procrastination is a plague on business, entrepreneurs, teams, families, and even communities. According to developgoodhabits.com there are reasons why we procrastinate:
2. Fear of the Unknown
3. I’ll Do It Later
4. Working on Small Task Because They’re Easier.
5. You Experience a lack of Motivation
6. You Are Unclear About How to Get Started
7. You Often Get Distracted
8. You Know the task Will Require Effort and Hard Work.
We all want long-term gain in short-term package, but it doesn’t work like that in most instance. Coaching can help you figure out the disconnect of what you are doing and then what you possibly should be doing.
3. Accountability: I have found that inmost instance when people are held accountable they tend to do right when being watched. In my eyes there are a few reasons for this; 1. They truly don’t want to disappoint them, or 2. They want to look like they are doing what has been asked them, however, the moment the coach has turned their back they are back to their normal schedule of doing everything halfway. In most instance people truly want accountability and love being accountable to others. Most of us put ourselves on the back burner in order to take care of someone else.
When the coach is watching we tend to rise to the occasion, so to speak. In a coach, you have a built in accountability partner to help you stay on course, stay honest, and continue to pursue your goals.
4. You want the TRUTH: …“Well you cant handle the truth!” Normally, you only get the truth from those that truly care about you in this aspect. Your coaches are normally the ones that care about your goals and well-being.
If you have a coach that is invested in you they care about your goals more than you. They want to listen deeply, and they know if you’re not showing up to perform. And at times even when we don’t want to hear it they are the ones that tell us to “Stop BS-ing and get it together!”
Coaching to me is necessary in all aspects of life. We have our parents to guide on what’s right and what’s wrong in life. We have teachers to show us what is expected of us in a structured environment. I could go on and on with giving examples on what coaches look like in our lives, but one thing's for sure we can go through life without encountering some form of coach, but my question to you is did you fully maximize your potential and time with these coaches, because if you didn’t you probably missed out some of the best material that could have benefited you for the rest of your life.
“Find your Project to be Purposeful and then make your Passion your business.”