What do Derrick Jeter, Lebron James, Beyoncé and Will Smith all have that you need? A fancy car? A big house? You’re probably thinking, ‘A couple million’ but no, think about it…
They all have a coach. Some have vocal coaches, acting, hitting or a conditioning coach. They all have a coach.
A coach, helps you go further faster. What may take you a year or two to learn, a coach can teach you in days. In fact, a coach is vital when it comes to watching you perform outside of what you can see with your own eyes. Coaches help us assess how well we’re doing and what areas need work.
Although coaches are a great asset, some of us don’t think we need one. Here are 3 reasons why many of us may be working without a coach.
- Time – You might be thinking that you don’t have time to invest in finding a coach. Remember, if you deem yourself ‘too busy’ to invest in your leadership, your hindered growth will also hinder the growth of your organization.
- Cost – Sure, the celebrities listed above probably have boat loads of money but remember that you are always a worthy investment. Especially because finding affordable coaching isn’t as farfetched as you may be thinking.
- Helpless – Perhaps you would agree that you need a coach but don’t know where to find one. Search no further.
If you are looking to be successful, you’re going to need a coach. Here are a couple of reasons why?
- Coaches help you fix, what you can’t even see. When I played high school baseball, my coach would tell me that I dropped my elbow when swinging the bat. I did not even know or feel my elbow drop, but sure enough he saw it. Many times a trained eye can see what we’ll never see.
- Coaches help you based on their previous experiences and expertise. If you are a parent, you do this with your child daily. Based on your past experiences you can anticipate areas where your child may hit a bump in the road, so you advise them to consider other options. Coaches can do that.
- Coaches challenge us in ways that grow us. My wife used to take an exercise class in our local gym. She had an instructor (coach) who would see her grow tired during the routine, but he would push her. Over sometime her muscles grew accustomed to the routine, her muscles grew and were really defined. In the same way, Coaches help us grow – they push us beyond our believed capacity and show us that we can be better then we thing.
So where do you find a coach? Depending on the field you’d like to grow in, there is a ton of options – let me quickly rattle off a few:
- Podcast – some amazing people have coached me, because I listed to their teachings via podcast daily.
- Read A Book – There are some amazing thought leaders that I may never get to meet, but by reading their books they do knowledge transfer and at a cost that is more then affordable for me. One of my favorites is Ken Blanchard – his books have greatly influenced my leadership style.
- Read A Blog – As of late, I’ve been reading a ton of blogs. I find the blogs that give me very specific instructions or insights add so much value that I end up subscribing to them.
- Conference Calls / Lunch Meetings – I’ve had the privilege to have reached out to other pastors that do my job better then me and dialogue with them. You can do the same just invite them out to lunch (of course you pay). If you do this be ready with your list of questions – don’t waste the individuals time.
- Online Coaching Programs – There are some successful individuals who are gracious enough to share their findings with the rest of us, there is usually a cost but the best investment you can make is in your personal growth.
FYI, I’ll be releasing a coaching program in the next couple of weeks that will be:
- Bite-sized in content and guaranteed to be easy to incorporate into your busy schedule.
- Affordable for all. It’d be equivalent to giving up two cups of Starbucks a week for 3 weeks (I think your worth that small investment.)
- Proven course that will challenge you and help you grow. The content will include many of the lessons we use at Christ Tabernacle to invest in our Advanced Leaders (many of them Deacons & Pastors.)