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I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should invest in a coach at a minimum of at least once in their life and ideally, on a fairly frequent basis.
You can now hire coaches for almost anything you can think of, to help you lose weight, find a mate, lose a mate, get over a mate, put your baby to sleep, have a healthier lifestyle, healthier business - you name it, there's a coach for it.
I often get people who, upon learning what I do for a profession say, "I could sure use your services", but upon further conversation and follow-up don't really take action on their comment. But how do you know when is the right time to hire a coach?
Coaches can provide a lot of different results, depending on what you've hired them to help you do. But I believe there are three basic areas where people can greatly benefit from coaching:
1 - Accountability
It is very difficult, in fact nearly impossible, to hold yourself accountable without some kind of consistent mechanism or system to keep you on track. Most of us "know in our heart of hearts" what we need to be doing in our businesses, diets, relationships etc., but have trouble sticking with the game plan - because there's no accountability in our lives.
Having a coach provides that mechanism and weekly or bi-weekly check-in with a coach can provide the stability to "stay the course" so we can start to get traction and make progress that up until now, we've only dreamed about.
2 - Support, Motivation and Tough Love
While we all have family and friends who can provide at least one, maybe two of these traits, it is often rare to find someone who can provide all three. A coach's job is to hold your vision and goals for you and keep your eyes directed on the prize - even when the road gets tough, particularly when the road gets tough.
Having a coach who has an objective viewpoint, AND holds your best interests in mind is what makes the difference and helps you to see the longer view, or bigger vision for yourself or your business.
3 - Revealing our Blindspots
We all have them and it's also impossible for any of us to see our own blindspots. And yet, it's often our blindspots that can keep us stuck and feeling overwhelmed. A coach is trained to help you uncover your blindspots and help you look at things through a different lens.
If you've considered investing in a coach to help you in some area of your life or business, I strongly urge you to follow your intuition and interview a coach or two to get a sense of what kind of results they are getting for their clients.
Mandy Schumaker, President of Higher Performing People, is a former sales and management executive in the newspaper industry, who has extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership development, sales and marketing, facilitation and team building.
She has a gift for helping executives and entrepreneurs maintain their focus and hold themselves and others accountable, which in turn helps them to become more effective, productive leaders. Receive the free audio CD: "7 Productivity Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs" at http://www.mandyschumaker.com.
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