Why Engage a Coach?

There are very few people (in fact none that I can think of) that succeed completely on their own. Think of anyone you consider successful, be it someone you know personally, or someone ‘famous’, like a sports star or celebrity. They have all had support from other people in one way or another to achieve what they want to achieve. I am sure you have read or watched many an interview where the subject in question was being asked about their success or achievements and they have said something along the lines of ‘I couldn’t have done it without…’

No matter how capable you may feel, you simply do not have all the answers. There is always someone who can better guide you, challenge you or simply point you in the right direction. Regardless of what your success goal is, unless perhaps your goal is to be the first human being on Mars, then someone else has already done it and achieved it. Save yourself time and frustration by learning from their mistakes and find someone who has done it before and is happy to share their valuable advice and guidance. In fact, even if your success goal is to be the first human being on Mars, there will still be someone who has spent extended time in space or who has explored harsh environments with limited resources. The point is, whatever it is you want to do, you don’t need to do it on your own.

According to the International Coaching Federation, ‘80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills.’

Having a coach will hold you accountable to your plan for achieving your success goals. A good coach will ask you for updates on your progress. A good coach will also ask you a lot of questions (rather than telling you what to do), so that you can take responsibility for either achieving your goals or being honest about what was not achieved.

If you are seeking a coach, or would like to learn more about what the process involves, either for yourself or a colleague, feel free to contact me. I am an International Coach Federation Accredited Coach, which is the one and only globally recognised coaching credential. I am also happy to recommend other Coaches if your development goals are outside my areas of specialty.

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