6 Reasons why you should have a coach

1) You’ll get tools for living better.

Plain and simple, you will get tools from your coach on how to bring more of the "Real You" into your life and career. We're talking about tools that include how to:

  • Break through to the next level of your career
  • Have a difficult conversation
  • Prepare for a huge audition
  • Get you in the right mindset for the big job interview
  • Transition out of a current field or...
  • Transition back into the business if you have been out for a while (Hello, all you mom’s out there! Yes, I am one of you and, yes, you CAN be a kick-ass working mom if that’s what you want — just ask my rockstar Path Mom’s Class — we get together every 6 months and these mamas are in it to win it!!)

2) We see what you can’t.

Talk about blindspots...this ostrich could definitely benefit from a coach.

Talk about blindspots...this ostrich could definitely benefit from a coach.

Everyone has blindspots — the areas in your life where you are being or acting in a certain way but can’t see it (or if you can see it, you may not realize the impact those blindspots have on certain areas of your life). For most of us, there are parts of our lives that are not working for us, and we feel stuck. We can't see an out.

Coaches are trained to help you see these and then help you determine what to do about them. This is why all the best athletes have coaches — sometimes they are so focused on certain parts of their performance that they're unable to see the places that could use some adjustment. It’s a no-brainer for them to coach with someone who can help them find and work through those blindspots.

We don't question the investment in a coach for sports or for perfecting your craft. But what about for the way you are being in your life and your career? Don’t you want to master that?

3)  Your Coach accepts all of you and believes in ALL of you.

It’s a breath of fresh air to have a relationship in your life that is truly judgement free — the kind where you don't have to be afraid of saying what's on your mind and you don’t have worry about hurting the other person's feelings. Coaching is all about you. My god, let me say that again. Coaching is for and about YOU. Yes, the process is a joint effort. But it's a joint effort focused exclusively on your needs.

4)  Quite simply, nothing gets done by just thinking about it.

If you want to become the person you've always wanted to be, then it's time to take action and get into the arena. Many of you may already be familiar with this famous Theodore Roosevelt quote from reading Brene Brown’s awesome book Daring Greatly, but as far as I’m concerned, this one will never get old.

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Before becoming one of those most celebrated American presidents, Teddy Roosevelt had greatness in his sights and was (clearly) ready to tackle the "dust and sweat and blood" that would be part of his journey.

Before becoming one of those most celebrated American presidents, Teddy Roosevelt had greatness in his sights and was (clearly) ready to tackle the "dust and sweat and blood" that would be part of his journey.

5) You actually really want A COACH. You just don’t know if you can trust US.

It takes a strong person to be willing to be coached. Many people want to do it, they just have no idea what to expect. And that unknown element makes people skeptical. So, let me dispel the mystery.

What will happen when you come to a coaching session? We will have a conversation, but not just any conversation. This is the one you're looking for — the one you want to have but are afraid of because it will call on you to own who you are and how you’re being. When we coach we don’t just talk; we roll up our sleeves and get to work on whatever you say you want to do that you haven’t done yet...whatever you are frustrated with that isn’t going the way you planned...whatever is holding you back from doing the things you know you can do. It's a space for getting real about yourself.

From this place of awareness, you're able to get back to what’s possible for your life and your career. That's when we start planning — mapping out, committing to being your Best Self...the unafraid one. Like a muscle that's atrophied, it feels difficult (if not impossible) to strengthen this way of being, at first. But with each small win, it gets stronger — you get stronger — and your belief in yourself becomes unquestionable. And you don’t want this because…why???

6) It’s never too late as long as you are open to it.

My mom is 70 years-old and she did a coaching program with me a few months ago. She was content to sit back and watch everyone else get coached and stay quiet in the back. I nudged her to put herself out there and then watched her go from being a person on the sidelines to being a person in the arena. She raised her hand and went up to that scary microphone and had the courage to show who she was to 180(!) people. My mom got coached — in less than 10 minutes — on something she's been complaining about for over 20 years. 20. YEARS. You see? It's never too late, my friends.

So my question for you is a simple one: What will it take to get you into the arena?

For some of you, maybe just reading this blog post. Others will likely think it over and say, "I’ll wait to coach until I really need it or I have the money."

Let me be clear, the purpose of this blog is not to coach with me, it’s to get you off of the sidelines and do something! If you know what you want to do, then great, take action. If you're stuck, then you owe it to yourself to allow me or some other fabulous coach help you get to where you want to be. However you find coaching, know this: We're good at what we do. Our job is to help you get out of your way and stand in your greatness.

1 Reason Why Some of You May Still Be Skeptical of Coaching

Because even after reading this blog, it’s easier and safer to stay a skeptic. I get it — I really do. It took me 10 years to suck up my pride and try this program that I did a few months ago (the one with my mom) that, by the way, changed my life. 10 years! What was I waiting for?

To all the skeptics I leave you with this Anais Nin quote: "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Come on. You know you want to. Take the risk.