When I think of all the ways I've struggled in life and how often I've hoped that someone would help me out, I wonder why would anyone go through so much suffering when easier way exists. Simply, get a coach. When athletes want to win, they get coaches. When executives want to improve performance, they get coaches. When you get stuck in life, you tough it out, muck around, curse, cry, and feel sorry for yourself. I know I did. In my teens, I had a coach and made it to Olympic team. In my thirties, I lived alone and didn't know coaches existed for things other than sports and suffered terribly because of it. Now I am a coach and I give you sound reasons why you should have one too.
1) Coaches are people who can help you reach your goals, personally, professionally, relationally, etc.
2) Coaching can be a perk to employees, but employers can greatly benefit from paying for their coaching. Professional coaching can drive sales, employee engagement, creativity, workplace satisfaction, and bottom line results. According to a Manchester Consulting Group study of Fortune 100 executives, the Economic Times reports "coaching resulted in a ROI of almost six times the program cost as well as a 77% improvement in relationships, 67% improvement in teamwork, 61% improvement in job satisfaction and 48% improvement in quality." Additionally, a study of Fortune 500 telecommunications companies by MatrixGlobal found executive coaching resulted in a 529% ROI. The CIPD concludes "coaching is not just perceived as a nice-to-have intervention." (2011, CBS Interactive Inc.)
3) A good coach can help you create positive change in whatever area of your life you need it. Change is difficult. Doing it alone can be even more so. With a coach to keep you motivated, focused, and to support you, change will feel more like transformation and less like a root canal.
4) Good coaching focuses on your strengths. They empower you and help you be yourself. Coaches advocate for you. They are the outside observers who love to see you succeed! Good coaches don't tell you what to do, or what you should do. They help you find your way.
5) Coaching produces rewards far beyond the cost. Psychologically, coaching can keep you balanced, clear-headed, focused, and motivated. Professionally, coaching can help you reach your career goals and improve your financial situation beyond the few dollars you spend on getting help. A thriving relationship is more than worth the investment in coaching. However you look at it, coaching more than pays for itself.
As one of my clients said: "Everything gets better with coaching, even the parts of your life you didn't know you could make better."
Do yourself a favor. Stop struggling and get a coach. Better yet, get me :)
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