The word “coach” comes from a town called Kocs in Hungary. Back in 1556 the people of Kocs began to make large carriages that would take people from wherever they were to where they wanted to be. This large carriage was the beginning of what we know as the stagecoach.
A personal coach is similar to a stagecoach. The primary aim of the coach is to help the leader get from where they are to wherever they want to be. Helping the leader make this trip successfully is the only agenda of the coach and their success depends on their ability to close this gap.
Without a coach in one’s life, leaders can experience:
- Lack of Accountability
- Lack of Focus
- Lack of Direction
- Lack of Perspective
- Lack of Systems
- Lack of Balance
These symptoms can often lead to an ordinary life producing ordinary results in the life and work of a leader. Complacency in a leader’s life can also set in after a certain level of success has been accomplished because of a general resistance to change. This leads to the leader never breaking out of the successes of yesterday.
A coach can help challenge a leader to break out of this rut by bringing their dream(s) back to them and holding them in front of them. Leaders are constantly challenged by the elements around them and it becomes tiring to continue to climb the mountain of success. Extraordinary coaches understand this and know where to go to help the leader dig deep within to bring out the courage to continue to journey to excellence.
Often, we think of a coach as the person who works face-to-face to inspire an individual or team to win a championship. This is just one example of coaching. Coaching can come in a variety of forms, including:
o A personal or professional growth book, DVD or audio program
o Interactive websites, podcasts, blogs or other virtual resources
o Live training courses or workshops
o A mentor or accountability partner
o A mastermind group of individuals who challenge one another
o A personal coach who works with you one-on-one
To live an extraordinary life, we all need some form of coaching to go beyond what’s usual, regular and customary in our lives. Coaches give us the EXTRA edge we need to make our lives “exceptional to a marked extent.” Resolve to find a coach and/or the coaching resources that will take you to the next level!
Extraordinary athletes have coaches to help them get extraordinary results. Leaders who want to achieve their goals and go beyond what is usual, regular and customary in their lives also need coaches who can take them farther than they can take themselves.
Why is having a coach so important?
Stephen Covey, a New York Times Best Selling Author says “Accountability breeds response-ability.”
A coach brings some critical pieces to the success puzzle you won’t find anywhere else:
- strategic perspective, insights and knowledge different from your own
- resources, tools and tactics to help one accomplish the mission in less time with less effort and mistakes
- accountability, motivation and encouragement to help us go beyond what is comfortable
Once someone has reached the peak of success with the help of a coach, you will find that person rarely takes on a major project, dream or mission without one ever again. Invest in your success. Find a coach and listen to them.
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