Why have a coach?

Research shows that we are much more effective when we are accountable to others that to ourselves. High performers like athletes, executives, business owners use a coach to ‘win the game’, why wouldn’t you?

Here are 7 reasons for having a coach:

1. Accountability

I believe this is the most beneficial reason for having a coach.
If you say you are going to do something, your coach will follow it up with you, and if an agreed action is not followed through they will want a reason why.
A coach will:
Talk openly and regularly about performance and push you to improve.
Want to explore and identify reasons for poor performance and aim to remove or at least reduce them.
Encourage you to evaluate your own performance on a regular basis.
Ensure you are clear about Goals, targets and expectations.

2. Clarity & Focus

A good coach will support you in the development of a personal progress plan to clearly map out your development journey.
They will also keep you focused as you work through each stage of that journey.
When I’m struggling with something, I get tempted to skip a stage and jump to the next stage.
A coach will ensure that you don’t move on until you have achieved the agreed goal and offer you the necessary support and motivation required to get you through.

3. Motivation

Motivation is the driving force behind all of our actions and one of the most important driving factors in reaching our goals.
The right coach will not only motivate you and encourage you to keep going even when you feel like giving up but will also teach you ways to motivate yourself (self-motivation techniques).

4. Tools and Resources

The right coach will bring with them a range of tools and techniques to help you achieve your goals.
They will also have a good network of links and be willing to share them with you.
This could include a library of books. Audio and video resources, useful online resources and most importantly People.

5. Different Perspective

When you’re in the heat of the game you need a coach on the outskirts with a wider perspective of the whole field.
A good coach will enable you to come up with a fresh approach to a problem.
Sometime we allow emotion to blur our vision and sway our decision, but a coach does not have that emotional attachment and will give you an objective point of view.

6. Challenge

Sometime, due to the closeness of a relationship, your friends, partners, family or work colleagues won’t challenge you as they don’t want to ‘Rock the boat.’ However, a good coach will challenge you in a number of ways.
They will challenge you to push yourself and to go the extra mile.
They will challenge any poor performance and slacking.
They will challenge your ideas in the aim of getting you to dig deeper.
They will challenge a negative attitude and a defeatist mind-set.

7. Sounding Board

At times you find it difficult to find someone you can share your deepest thoughts with.
Whether it’s a new idea, a fear or concern or just something you’re grappling with, a coach will provide a safe environment for you to talk things through and give you honest, impartial feedback.